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The 2 Best Gifts for Your Friends Who Blog

Gift guides are everywhere this time of year. There are gift guides for the guy in your life, the most unique gifts, favorite toys and I especially loved this guide to gifts that give back.

Of course, there are gift guides for bloggers filled with amazingly helpful items like planners, e-courses, photo props and blog coaching.

Planners and cameras and e-courses are great, but there are two FREE gifts you can give a blogger that will mean the world to them. But do you know what your blogging friend really would love from you?  Especially if she is relatively new to blogging and trying to build her following?  Well, I am going to tell you.  And GOOD NEWS!  Both of these things are FREE for you!

Those of us who write are passionate about what we do. We do this for lots of different reasons …

for a worn-out young mom to have a space of her own,

for a smart Bible-girl to share her dedication to God’s grace and glory with others,

 for the crafter of words to offer hope in the broken places and, yes,

for the empty nester filling the newly open spaces in her heart and calendar.

No matter their personal reason for writing, the ultimate goal for most bloggers is for people to read and be inspired, learn something, be encouraged or entertained.  So here are the two greatest gifts you can give the blogger in your life.

The Gift of Sharing

It’s awesome when you “like” Facebook posts or comment on blogs.  That says to the blogger, “I like what you are doing. It’s helpful to me.”

But when you share a blogger’s content, it says, “I believe in your message and think it will help my friends.”  The ultimate compliment.

Most bloggers make it easy to share their blog posts.  Look for clickable icons for Facebook, Twitter and other social media at the bottom of the post or along the side of the page.  See that column of blue buttons on the left side of my page?  That’s what they are there for!  Just a couple of clicks and you can give a treasured gift to your blogging friend.

The Gift of Subscribing

Sending you an email is the most direct way of sharing our blog posts with you.  Your inbox is sacred. When you give a blogger permission to add you to their email list, you are saying, “I trust you and don’t want to miss a thing.”

That trust is taken seriously.  Reputable bloggers will only send what they said they would send, whether that is a weekly newsletter with their blog posts, extra tips and resources or special offers. And often, the weekly newsletter may come with exclusive content, discounts or opportunities for the amazing people who trust us with their inboxes. So it’s a great deal for you, too!

By Federal Trade Commission rules, anyone sending mass emails is required to provide a way to unsubscribe. So if you find that a newsletter is not really for you, you can always look near the bottom and click the unsubscribe link.

So there you go. Two easy things you can do that will thrill a blogger that you love.

Because I try to practice what I preach, I just subscribed to Laura at According to Laura Jean because she is brave, adorable and smart, and to BethAnn at She Believes because I just love her and believe in what she is doing.  And I shared these two posts on my social media:

I think this one is helpful to a lot of my readers …

If you are thinking about monetizing your blog through sponsored posts, this article has some great things to keep in mind.  The Truth about Sponsored Posts

Posted by Do A New Thing on Sunday, December 20, 2015

 

… and this one because it spoke to my often-under-wowed heart.

RESOURCES

Here are some other great blogs I look forward to finding in my inbox:

And of course, you are welcome to subscribe to my blog if you’d like to receive my weekly newsletter!

 

RESPOND

What inspires you to follow or share a blog post? Tell us about some of your favorites!

Linking up with Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart, Jaime Wiebel at #SittingAmongFriends and Holly Barrett at #TestimonyTuesday

20 thoughts on “The 2 Best Gifts for Your Friends Who Blog

  1. Thank you so much for including my post! I agree 100%…the best gift we can give each other as bloggers is support, whether it be in sharing or subscribing!

  2. Hi Christa, I believe this is my first visit here. 🙂 I clicked from Holly’s place this morning. Nice to meet you. 🙂 Lovely post. Thanks for sharing. ((Merry Christmas))

  3. Christa, this is wonderful. I love your list of reasons why people blog … I am most definitely the the third one. 🙂 And you are so right about the sharing and subscribing … such gifts! Blessings to you this Christmas season!

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