“Networking” is a word that makes many of us cringe; it calls to mind men in expensive suits shaking hands and wearing fake smiles. When you work in an industry you’re passionate about (such as blogging about a subject you’re an expert on), the last thing you want to do is feel like a sycophantic phony.
But networking doesn’t have to be about sucking up to those in power. It’s about forming connections and making friends with people whose work you genuinely respect. Not only will those relationships help as you develop your blog and cultivate your audience—they’re fulfilling on a personal level, too.
Here are several valuable techniques you can use to help form a network of blogging colleagues. [Read more…]