I've been trying to build a daily gratitude practice into my life. Trying is the operative word here, I haven't fully succeeded yet, but my goal is to take time everyday to go through in my mind what I'm most thankful for and why. As I was doing that a few days ago, it came to me that there are ways to bring daily gratitude to my blog also.
“Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive”
(according to wikipedia)
Be Thankful for what you already have
The part of gratitude I need to work on most is being grateful & thankful for what I ALREADY HAVE instead of focusing on what I don't, or what I WANT (Pinterest is the devil!). I've mentioned this idea a little before with regard to blogging with what you have, but as a fashion/shopping blogger, I have to remind myself everyday that I have wonderful things; I don't need more. Of course, there's a fine balance between wearing old and adding in new things if you're also a personal style blogger (you take pictures of your outfits), but more often than not, I find myself wearing and posting things that are several years old and are still amazing and just adding in new accessories or one or two new pieces a month.
I love the idea that we, as fashion bloggers, don't have to encourage constant consumption. Too many of us focus on adding in new pieces as much as possible, and are always shopping, but taking time frequently to appreciate the things we already have can really have an impact on our readers (and the environment).
Appreciate other Bloggers
I don't read a lot of fashion blogs, but the ones I do constantly inspire me and sometimes give me ideas for posts. Whenever I'm remotely inspired by a blog I just read and incorporate into one of my own posts, I ALWAYS link back to the blogger with a quick mention. You don't HAVE to do that, but it just feels right to me, and lets the blogger know that I appreciate her role in my “inspiration” and exposes my readers to other blogs I love.
A lot of bloggers do link roundups one day a week, and this is also a good way to show your gratitude towards other bloggers. If something you read recently really resonated with you, link to it! It's more than just good practice, in my opinion, it's a nice thing to do…and won't go unnoticed.
You could also have a smaller blogger you love fill in for you while you're on vacation or guest post every once in a while. Please don't take advantage though, be sure and offer her something in exchange; either payment or posts on her blog.
Be Grateful for your Readers
Without our readers, where would we be? We certainly wouldn't be successful bloggers, but sometimes it's easy to forget our readers when we're busy working with advertisers, PR companies, affiliates, and writing posts. Get back in touch with them and show your readers you truly appreciate them by always replying to comments, or at least engaging with them in the comments section if there are too many to reply to one-by-one. This means a lot more to your readers than you might think – recall the last time you left a meaningful comment on a blog and how it felt when you either got a reply from the blogger or didn't. It probably made you feel appreciated when you got a reply – like you actually made some small impact.
Answering reader questions is also a great way to engage with your readers and let them know how grateful you are that they visit your blog. A lot of bloggers take email questions and post responses frequently, or you could do an open post and encourage readers to leave comments and ask questions of each other. Think outside the box!
What do you do to show gratitude on your blog?
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