Since I first started my blog back in 2017, I’ve always wanted to have my own blogging squad. I remember going on Twitter and seeing people talk about their “blogging besties”. After seeing so many tweets about finding amazing friends through blogging I decided that I wanted my own group of blogging besties. It seemed to me that so many of us wanted blogging friends but didn’t know how to find them. I can’t be alone in thinking that whenever you connected with a blogger they seemed to live on the other side of the country or even the world! As lovely as it was to make connections all over the world, it’d be nice to have local blogging friends someday. I want a squad to go for coffee with, take cool photos of each other for our blogs and just to talk all things blogging with. So, a few weeks ago I came up with a little idea.
I started a hashtag on twitter to try and help bloggers find friends near them. #femaleoriginalbloggers. When I first started the idea I thought okay this is it, the ultimate way to find bloggers near me! I basically put together a few tweets, each with #femaleoriginalbloggers added to the bottom of them. In each tweet I’d say like or comment if you’re from *insert region of the UK here* and hoped that we’d connect with bloggers near us. Unfortunately, so far this has yet to take off in the way I was hoping…but I’m not losing faith!
Do we actually want blogging friends?
I spoke to a fellow blogger about how difficult it was to actually find bloggers to connect with. She said that maybe bloggers don’t actually want to meet up with each other and just like the idea of it all. Which honestly I think makes a lot of sense. I don’t know if it’s a case of not wanting to meet up or maybe just being afraid to. When you think about it, it could be quite scary meeting up with a few bloggers in person. What if you don’t get along with anyone or it feels awkward? From my point of view I think organising a meet up with 10-20 bloggers would be the best way to make some friends. There’s less pressure on connecting with everyone because there’s more people. You’ll have a higher chance of finding at least one person that you get one with than meeting up with a smaller group. Plus if you do get along with everyone then you’ve got loads of new friends!
That’s why I made the hashtag. I thought that it would be an easy way of connecting with a lot of bloggers. It’s not too much pressure. You can create a group chat or even set up your own event!
Moving forward with the idea
At the moment I’ve reached a stage where I’m determined to see where my idea goes. I believe that there really are a lot of bloggers that want to make friends near them but just don’t know how to. That’s why I’ve decided to write a blog post about my concept. I’m hoping that by promoting my idea we really will be able to connect with more bloggers. Even if it’s just a few local bloggers, it would mean so much to me to know that I helped you all to make some new friends.
Anyway, thank you for reading and giving my idea a chance! If you’re looking to meet some bloggers near you and you’re from the UK then I’d love for you to check out #femaleoriginalbloggers on Twitter. I really do think it could work to help us find blogging friends! Let me know what you think of the idea and if like me you’re still looking to find blogging friends near you.