Is blog hopping important for your blog? // DISCUSSION

Blogging encompasses a lot of things. It’s not just writing blog posts anymore. It is drafting, writing, making graphics, marketing, editing, socializing and so much more. If you have been in the blogging game for a while, you’ll know that blogging comes with a list of “things to do”. And sometimes, that list feels very long.

One of the most debated topics in the blogging community, specifically the book blogging community, is blog hopping. There are many questions about it. Do you HAVE to blog hop? How much? How often? Is there a right way of doing it? And is blog hopping important for your blog to grow?

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Today, I’m here to talk about those questions, and give some answers of my own.

WHAT IS BLOG HOPPING?

If you’re new to the blogging community, you might be thinking that I’m talking gibberish, and I’m sorry about that.

Blog hopping is the act of visiting multiple blogs and commenting on their posts. Usually, the term is used for when you spend quite a bit of time doing this. For example, when I start to blog hop, I spend at least 20 minutes.

I won’t lie, it’s a process. It takes a while and you probably can’t do it often. Because 1) visiting several blogs, truly reading their posts and commenting TAKES TIME. And 2) it’s hard to set aside some time regularly to do this.

WHY DO BLOGGERS DO IT?

There are multiple reasons why bloggers blog hop.

To find many new blogs. And also make new blogger friends! Personally, I find new blogs to follow by blog hopping. I read tons of content. I check out multiple posts in the same blog to get a feel of the blogger and what their content is about. It’s a great way to find bloggers to follow, and bloggers to interact with.

To become inspired. I find that every time I blog hop, I get so many new ideas for my own blog. Be it ideas about design, style, formatting, graphics, or content. I ALWAYS get inspired and want to start blogging with these new ideas immediately. Hence, if I find myself without ideas or inspiration, I do a little blog hop session which gets my mind running.

I believe that if you’re a person who makes creative content—be it writing, painting, photography or whatever else—you should always be open to inspiration. I find myself looking for inspiration constantly, even if it’s from my daily life or something that a friend said.

Let me be clear on one thing, inspiration and mimicking are two very different things. This post that you are currently was actually inspired by a post on blog hopping by Caitlin Althea (whom I found through blog hopping actually!). Her post and mine have the same subject, but they’re totally different in writing and actual content. We’re both talking about blog hopping but with different questions and different answers. Mimicking would be to almost copy her content and opinions.

I don’t think this actually needs to be said but always make sure that you’re writing your own content. Don’t copy someone else’s in hopes that it will make your blog more popular. Your own words and opinions will make much more of an impression on readers. Be you.

To enjoy content, obviously. I LOVE reading blogs. A post about your daily routine? I’ll be right there! Are you talking about books? Love it. Do you blog about your personal life? I’m down for that! When I have spare time and I want to just chill, I read blogs. Sometimes I even learn new things from them.

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To bring back traction to your blog. This is the most popular point that is spoken about anytime blog hopping is mentioned, and it is probably the most motivating reason. Pretty much every blogger who has been around around for a while would share their opinions on blog hopping and the true reason for doing it. And it is the point that this post revolves around.

It’s most likely that if you visit a blog and give them some love, they will return the favour. When I comment on a couple or more posts, the blogger almost always returns the gesture by visiting and commenting on my blog. And I do the same, if a blogger finds my blog first.

The main piece of advice every new blogger receives is INTERACT INTERACT INTERACT. And this is what traction through blog hopping based on. If you’re nice to a blogger, they will want to be nice to you as well. And hence, if your blog is suffering in terms of views or comments, you can blog hop and be certain that your blog will get some traction as well.

SO, IS BLOG HOPPING IMPORTANT FOR MY BLOG’S STATS?

If you’re a new blogger, YES. Definitely.

The reason why my blog received any attention in the beginning was because I was visiting multiple other blogs and commenting. I was mainly doing it to see how blogging works, to see the different styles, and to make new friends. At the time, I did not expect that bloggers are so nice that they would come back and visit my silly blog as well. I was mainly researching about blogging by visiting several blogs but it also helped my blog take off.

Bloggers are super nice. Almost every blogger I’ve interacted with in my four years of blogging (I’m old lol) has been SUPER NICE. Bloggers are welcoming, kind and fun to talk to. Don’t wait for them to find you. You have to find them first.

If you’re a seasoned blogger, it depends. But blog hopping always helps.

When I say “it depends”, I mean that it depends on whether your current blog stats i.e. views, likes and comments, are good enough for you. If you want them to go up, blog hopping always helps. But I’m also aware that seasoned bloggers tend to raise the bar every time, and hence do a lot of work related to their blogs. So if you are not able to blog hop often, it’s okay. And if you get views from search engines, those posts will definitely keep going up.

I wouldn’t say it’s “important”, but it DOES help boost stats. And it definitely helps in growing your blog.

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What are your thoughts on blog hopping? Do you think it helps blogs grow? Do you think that it should be done by everyone?

40 thoughts on “Is blog hopping important for your blog? // DISCUSSION

  1. Laura says:

    Love this post and as a relatively new blogger, I’ve learnt a new term! I love checking out other people’s blogs. It’s like reading a load of different magazine articles with super different topics without having to go to the newsagents and spend a fortune on a huge variety of publications. I try to make sure I learn something new each day to help my personal development. Thanks for sharing and if you or anyone reading this fancies hopping over to my fledgling blog it would be much appreciated https://wordpress.com/mycreativelife.blog might take you straight there if I’ve typed it correctly ha ha!

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  2. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    Yaass! Love this post and it’s so interesting, I’d never heard the term blog hopper before but it makes sense, and I know for a fact the more I comment and reach out to other bloggers the more my Stats go up!!! You’re so right about what you say- bloggers are SO nice. I’ve made so many amazing friends through blogging and I continue to make them, it’s the most loving supportive community ever! I love the Blogosphere. I definitely believe that if you want your blog to grow you have to interact with fellow bloggers, you can’t just expect everyone to come flocking to your blog (especially if you’re a new blogger) without giving anything back! Thanks for sharing hun, I think this post is really important and insightful!

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    • Sumedha says:

      Hello! Thank you for the compliments! I tried to keep this blog post informative in case my readers did not know blog hopping, and I’m glad that it helped.

      Bloggers are definitely super nice. It’s just that there are SO MANY BLOGS nowadays, we just have to give them a little love for them to notice us. But because bloggers are so nice, it doesn’t even feel like a job. I genuinely like interacting with bloggers and don’t mind taking out time to blog hop.

      Thank you for commenting 💫

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    • Sumedha says:

      Thank you! Interaction matters so much to us bloggers. I believe it’s also because blogging is such a lonely hobby, with only us creating our content and without collaboration, that it becomes lackluster soon unless we visit other blogs and take in information like regular conversation in real life.
      Thank you for commenting! 🌸

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  3. Jordyn says:

    I’ve definitely seen the benefits blog hopping can have for my own blog! When I get busy and don’t have the time to read as many posts in my feed, I see my own blog stats drop. While it’s kind of discouraging sometimes that not as many people come to my blog on their own “free will” as I’d like, at least there is something I can do about it by going out of my way to read/comment on other blogs to have the favor returned! Definitely an interesting topic to discuss with new bloggers and veterans with many followers.

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    • Sumedha says:

      I totally agree with you! It is reassuring that we can do something to bring up our stats if it goes down. It’s not a hopeless down slope. There are very many blogs on the internet now that it’s the very few lucky people who get increasing number of stats without going out of their way to encourage it. Blog hopping on a regular basis, making us seem as regular readers to other blogs, also help with stats.

      Thank you for commenting! ✨

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  4. confessionsofayareader says:

    I think it’s a must. First, it’s fun to read other posts. I can’t always comment because there are so many, but I make sure to hit like. Second, I love to support others. Interacting is such a fun and important part of blogging unless you don’t really care to talk to people. I like the community and have met a lot of people because of blogging.

    Great post!

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  5. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea says:

    I’m so glad that you were inspired by my post, Sumedha! Also, you’ve been blogging for SIX YEARS?! wow, that’s an achievement.

    I attribute most of my growth right now to blog hopping! Blog hopping is so useful and I would a hundred percent recommend that new bloggers do it because it’s the only way to find an audience when you’re so new. However, if you’re a seasoned blogger, I agree that it’s not that important anymore, especially if you’re already happy with the stats you have. I am more inclined to follow a blog if they comment back and blog hop. It’s not just because I want a comment back because I love so many blogs that NEVER comment back, but it just boosts my respect for a blogger! Because they’re consistently putting out great content but also giving their followers some attention!

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  6. lydiaschoch says:

    I agree with your thoughts on blog hopping. It’s a great way to build community, get to know other bloggers, and attract new readers to your site, but I also totally understand why some folks can only do it sometimes/for X amount of time a day.

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  7. Leyanis says:

    I enjoy blog hopping for the same reasons you mentioned – reading new content, getting inspired. But, at the same time, it is a lot of work and it takes time. For new bloggers (as myself) and something I will try to do as a new goal for this year, is to dedicate at least 15-20 minutes everyday for blog hopping, reading+commenting in new content and be interactive with other bloggers. This is something that will help not only your blog but being inspired by others.

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    • Sumedha says:

      It’s true that it’s a lot of work and takes time. I built up my blog hopping habit by doing it in the weekends for longer and for lesser times during the week since I don’t get much time. But I always see the results of it, so that’s great.

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  8. divabooknerd says:

    Such a great post Sumedha and lots of valuable information for all bloggers, even us seasoned bloggers. I’ve been blogging for just gone seven years and I often see lots of bloggers feeling unmotivated by the lack of interaction on their blogs yet the few I’ve asked, they don’t interact on other blogs either. The greater the effort, the greater the return in my opinion. It can be difficult putting yourself out there but readers who visit blogs want someone to interact with and if you’re giving them nothing to work with then the chances are, they won’t return no matter how great your content is.

    It’s the same with social media which is incredibly temperamental. Readers keep their follower count much lower than their own follower count and social media and blogging is all about the interaction. It’s important not to sit back and wait for your audience to come to you, you need to put yourself out there and lure them in.

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    • Sumedha says:

      I totally agree with you. It is a two way street, and you get back as much as you put in. By holding ourselves back, we’re holding back the opportunities to interact, make friends and grow our reader base.

      I’m glad you liked my post!

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  9. Georgianne says:

    oooh I didn’t know there was a term for it! 🙂 I’m a relatively new blogger and have only just started blog hopping recently. I must confess – I love it! If I’m not careful I end up spending hours reading content lol. I appreciate talent and have learned so many new things from other people – about vinegars, decor, styling, blog hopping in your case hehe. Who knew that starting a blog would teach me so much about things which are totally unrelated to my travel blog? I enjoyed your post, thanks!

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    • Sumedha says:

      Thank you! That delight of learning new things through blogging never wears off! I make sure to read all kinds of blogs because I never fail to learn something new. I’m not interested at all in gardening but I still read blogs about it haha. Its super fun and I’m glad you’re enjoying it too! Welcome to the blogging world 🙂

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  10. dianthaa says:

    Your telling me shyly reading people’s posts and liking them on twitter is not blog hopping? I feel so weird commenting on people’s posts. It’s just growing up very shy and introverted guess

    Thanks for the post it was super helpful

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    • Sumedha says:

      Haha okay so blog hopping also involves interaction. The whole term came out of visiting new blogs and interacting and making new connections. But what you’re doing is totally okay too! You do you 🙂

      And I’m glad the post helped!

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  11. nikkiswiftreads says:

    I am a brand new blogger – so this information was SO helpful. I didn’t know the term ‘blog hopping’ before this. As someone with social anxiety and is introverted, it was a bit difficult at first to stick my head out there. I’m still working on it with using things like instagram and twitter and knowing what to share and how to connect, but the positive feedback has been so helpful. The blog hopping and having other blog owners comment or share things makes you feel part of a community – which is why many of us started! I love spreading that positivity around! Thank you for helping me put a name to it and describing the need/benefits!

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    • Sumedha says:

      I’m so glad that you found it helpful! I remember having to learn the term myself after seeing it mentioned a lot so I thought putting it together in a post would help others.

      The best part about blogging is that it doesn’t matter if you’re introverted or shy. You can approach any blogger and comment and start conversations. It’s easier when you have common topics to talk about. I was just as nervous about reaching out and commenting before but it’s actually so easy and positive. Everyone’s super welcoming. You’ll not regret it 🙂

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  12. Bumbles says:

    As a newbie blogger I’m finding that blog hopping really does help to boost some exposure to my blog and I usually use twitter threads to do this but often I feel that the effort I’m putting in far outweighs the immediate return on that time so I have to try and dedicate more time on content and less on blog hopping. I’m also realising that the people who blog hop on my blog come back sometimes so I am feeling a bit like eventually I will use threads less often and start putting more time into returning the blog love from the comments sections on my blog first. It’s a bit tiring sometimes taking out that time to blog hop lol.

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    • Sumedha says:

      I’ve been using twitter thread only recently so I understand what you mean by returns. I suggest finding other ways to blog hop. Like participating in blog memes and link ups. And blog hopping, and returned commenting on blogs, does help in making friendships. I’m sure you’ll get to a point where you don’t have to use twitter threads anymore 😊

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