Today Elycia is here to talk about collaborating with other bloggers. She and Chantilly recently held a live craft event and have been shooting a bunch of entertaining and helpful vlogs on blogging. Here are a few tips on putting together a blogger collaboration…
1. Make sure you know the person who you are collaborating with
This may sound a little odd because in the blog world we all kind of feel like we “know” each other from reading each other’s blogs. What I mean is really get to know the person. Before you get into any kind of collaboration it is a good idea to talk to the other blogger in person, through email or over Skype to get to know what they are really like and to see if you feel that this is someone you could work with. The bloggers I have ended up collaborating with (Kaylah & Chantilly) are gals that I became friends with first and then the collaborations came later. I didn’t go into the friendship thinking about collaborating with them, but since we all love blogging I guess it was bound to happen, and I’m glad it did!
2. Make sure the collaboration is a good fit for both of you
Collaborations are the most fun when both people are equally into the project and equally dedicated. Make sure that whatever it is you are collaborating on makes sense for both of your blogs. Chantilly and I both love talking about blog topics and vlogging so vlogs about blog topics is a really good collaboration for us. Kaylah and I love getting dressed up and taking outfit photos so collaborating on outfit posts is super fun for us. Another collaboration that I think is great is Amy and Chantilly’s Thread Share. Both of those ladies are thrift superstars so it is really fun to see them collaborate on this project. Collaborations can be so amazing when you are working with the right people on the right things!
3. Be realistic/flexible with time frames & responsibilities
Luckily Kaylah and Chantilly are awesome (see tip #1 on getting to know people), so we have never run into any issues collaborating. I think it is important to be realistic about how often you will collaborate and who will do what so no one gets stressed out or feels pressured. When you are collaborating it is also important to remember that the other person has their own set of priorities and responsibilities and be understanding if something needs to be pushed back or postponed. I value my friendships with these girls more than the projects we are working on so it is easy for me to be understanding…and I hope easy for them too when my sorry butt is a little slow to finish something!
Getting to work on these little collaboration projects with other bloggers that I love is the best thing ever. If you are interested in collaborating with another blogger start by building some relationships within the blogging community. Whether or not a collaboration comes out of it you will be so happy that you did, I promise!
Thank you so much Elycia!
Today’s challenge is a little less about collaborating and more about connecting with someone outside of their blog. Why not reach out to a blogger you feel would make a great friend. You know, that person whose posts make you think “Dude, let’s hang out!”
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