Blogging, it’s such a funny thing we do; exposing ourselves to a world of judgement and criticism from individuals we will likely never meet. Anyone can do a quick search of our name on Google and stumble across our corner of the interwebs. The thought of being a published writer on a platform that is easily accessible to millions of people is startling yet empowering at the same time.This vulnerability can be scary. So why do we continue to write and share our heart with others?
For those moments of encouragement and inspiration. For sharing our deepest passions. For those beautiful souls willing to offer a listening ear. For bursts of creativity at the most unexpected times.
Community is the undeniable backbone of blogging; the fuel that powers the engine forward. Without the support of a tribe of loyal readers, there would be no point in putting our lives out in the public eye. We essentially would be writing for ourselves, which would make more sense in a diary under lock and key.Facebook may be fading in popularity in favor of instagram and the like, but wait, don’t delete your account just yet! After 4 years of blogging, I discovered the power of Facebook communities. Beyond visibility and an increase in blog traffic, I find inspiration and form bonds I otherwise wouldn’t have access to. I will introduce groups where I have built connections with a tribe of like-minded individuals. I encourage you to join yourself!
A space for creatives, dreamers and entrepreneurs who want to change the world. We are knee-deep in encouragement and high-fives. We are unstoppable. We are a space for women to be encouraged, strengthened, and then commissioned to release their unique voice and purpose to change the world. We are #FIREWORKPEOPLE
Bomb an interview or exam? Lose a special person in your life? Or simply having a bad day? The women in this group are radical encouragers in a true no-judgement, safe to fail zone, oozing with self-love and support. Mondays // Let’s Chat
Tuesdays // What is Your Truth
Wednesdays // Sistahood Time
Thursdays // Call out the Gold
Fridays // Show and Tell
Sundays // Declarations. My favorite feature Selfie Sunday thread to embrace your natural beauty.
Bonus: I ironically discovered this group from the #fireworkpeople twitter chat Tuesdays at 9pm and Wednesdays at 3pm EST. Join in each week as a new soul-stirring topics is discussed!
Connect with fellow fearless creatives and equally passionate individuals in a community where blogging, business and creativity collide. This is your space to pose tough questions, share ideas, provide resources, celebrate milestones and reach out to one another to collaborate and bond through workshops and gatherings. Blog Society is crafted especially with the tribe in mind, to strengthen our digital family through expression and encouragement.
Does the idea of developing a strong brand and community around your blog excite you?
Are you struggling to identify and market to your ideal customer?
Are you ready for a fresh start but have no idea where to begin?
Does the thought of creating a content calendar or social media plan scare and confuse you?
Are you short on time to make your vision a reality?
Bonus: It can be all too easy to let our passions get lost in the mess and stress and chaos of the everyday. You owe it to yourself to make a change. I encourage you to join Digital Bravery, a 30-day crash course in fearless marketing, jam-packed with goodness designed to remove the anxiety surrounding social media. You are guaranteed to fall in love with your blog or business all over again.
For the adventurous, independent, and globally minded women with a passion for travel and making waves in the world. Share travel tips and resources all while connecting with other globetrotting sisters. This community provides a reliable forum for women to share their travel experiences, ask questions and establish friendships both on the web and out exploring the world.
Bonus: Brought to you by the creators of Wanderful Network (formerly Go Girl Travel). Now is the time to become a member and join a chapter in 16 cities around the world or even start one of your own. Better snag your ticket for Women in Travel Summit 2016!
Girls vs Globe is a safe haven to visit for travel tips, advice and meeting your fellow wanderers. From work resources and guest posting opportunities to sample pitches and accommodation letters, this group has all the bases covered. I came to these ladies for advice on planning my trips in Southeast Asia, and was astounded at the help I received!
Bonus: Follow the shiny new Instagram and tag #girlsvsglobe to be featured!
Travelettes is an online magazine, travel blog and network for and from ladies who love to travel and capture these adventures through writing and photography. Hailing from all corners of the world, the goal is to inspire, inform and motivate young women to travel more.
Bonus: Hashtag #iamatravelette and #traveletting to get featured on instagram!
Interested in growing your social media platforms organically? By interacting and building connections with a support network of like-minded individuals, your brand will flourish in a more genuine way than artificially growing your numbers through a giveaway. The key to finding your BBF’s (best blog + biz friends)
There are no requirements for these groups because they want you to connect with other bloggers who you share something in common with. When you put stipulations on having to comment on X number of blogs and following X number of social media accounts, you take away from making real connections and genuine comments. Instead, you’re artificially growing your numbers.
These groups are intended for bloggers to share their knowledge and not for self-promotion. Members grow through topical discussions on a regular basis with occasional challenges and assignments. Not every person is going to be interested in everyone’s blog content, and that’s okay! With hundreds of people in these groups, there is bound to be at least one that you make a substantial connection with.
1 // Follow Thread (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Pinterest, General – anything goes)
2 // Social Media Engagement (Retweet, Facebook, Instagram, Pins)
3 // Post Comments/Stumbles
Every Monday, a discussion prompt will be posted to get creative juices flowing in the group. Twice a week they feature an Elite of the Week blogger spotlight. Each quarter, a blogger swap is hosted where you get to know a fellow blogger for a few months and surprise each other with fun gifts. Plus join a Blog Tribe based on your niche!
Similar to The Blogging Elite, this group features daily threads to share your post and requests you to share, comment or pin at least 5 other posts. Each thread closes at 8PM EST and you will have to post your latest posts on the next days thread.
Monday // Email Newsletter Sign Ups
Tuesday // Twitter
Wednesday // Pinterest
Thursday // Instagram
Friday // Facebook
Saturday // Bloglovin’
Sunday // Google+ or GFC
There are daily Pin, Tweet, Blog Comments, Stumbles, Instagram, and Facebook threads so you can get more likes/comments/re-pins/stumbles/retweets/etc. on your posts.
To be included in a Blog Love Tribe, edit the document and add yourself to any open group you see fitting for your blog’s niche. Keep up to date with fellow blogger birthdays, Blogiversarys, locations, and plan meetups!
A community of women bloggers for daily tips on blogging, photography, and social media. The mission and purpose of The SITS Girls is to support and encourage bloggers to reach their full potential through building friendships, seeking and offering support, and learning from each other.
Monday // Follows thread
Tuesday // Q&A day – Admin poses a question from the community and everyone can weigh in.
Wednesday // Looking for new blogs to read? Leave a link to your blog lovin or RSS feeds.
Thursday // Link up day! (Favorite post of the week, eBooks, promotions, etc)
Friday // Guest Post Requests
Saturday // Pinterest!
Sunday // Giveaway Day
*Must be a member of Her Campus which is only for women 18-30*
HCBN is a curated network of blogs written by women ages 13-30+ on fashion, beauty, cooking, fitness, design, lifestyle, and more. The HCBN provides a community for bloggers to share ideas and inspiration with one another, plus receive sponsorship opportunities from Her Campus.
The HCBN is about building professional relationships and learning and growing from one another, and the fact that it is in an online format rather than in person does not have any impact on the level of professionalism you should exercise with this group.
A few more…
Blogging Besties // Millennial Blog Network // The Blog Loft // Love.Post.Blog // Blogging to Success // Authentic Bloggers // Bloggers Bravo Board // Grow Your Blog // Inspired Bloggers Network // FBL // BMB Bloggers // Blog Love Project
Tips & Tricks
1. Stay active and engaged.
Don’t just sit idly waiting for people to approach you. Participate, participate, participate! Introduce yourself when you join a community. When commenting on posts, it’s often best to tag the person you’re replying to. This way, they will receive a notification, even if they have the group’s notifications turned off.
2. Share openly and honestly.
To ensure it remains a supportive and welcoming environment, keep all discussions respectful, supportive, and positive. Constructive feedback is the name of the game. But don’t be afraid to speak up. The more we share, the more we learn!
3. Play by the rules.
All new threads should be geared toward asking questions, sharing ideas, etc; Threads should not be started to ask for blog comments, follows, or pins. All post sharing, social media and follow threads will be started and moderated by the admins.
Only post your social media links to the threads for that particular day. Any links posted after the day has passed will be deleted.
4. Limit self-promotion.
Do not share your blog posts on the wall of the group unless approved by an admin. It will be deleted. This helps prevent the group from becoming too chaotic. Sharing individual posts or promoting your own social media pages have dedicated days to do so.
And no spam, please! Refrain from promoting third-party material, including for your personal services, other blog networks, and brand, including requests to vote for a contest or an online award.
5. Stay up to date.
Be sure to pay close attention to posts that the moderators pin to the top of the group. You are responsible for staying up to date on any changes to guidelines and odds are, you will get a slide into your DM’s if you break them.
Before posing a question, search the group using the magnifying glass symbol in the top right of the group to avoid repeating a thread which has already been covered.
7. Remove previews.
When posting your links for all threads, be sure to remove previews (wait until you’re at a computer, not on your phone!) To make it easier for people to know what your post is about, leave a description with your post link. This makes posts cleaner and easier to navigate for all parties involved.
8. Do not add your link if you will not be following back.
It’s just good karma, people. Moderators do conduct random checks. Don’t be one of those people who drops their link and doesn’t spread the love with other bloggers. Only share your content and links if you really want to make connections and meet other bloggers.
The goal of these groups are to build friendships and network. Follow threads should be seen as an opportunity to discover new blogs and support each other. Follow other bloggers as an act of kindness, rather than as an expectation of a returned follow.
9. Turn on/off notifications.
Depending on how involved you want to be in a given group, you have the option to change your notification settings. At the top, right corner of the group photo, choose to see:
All Posts: You’ll get notifications any time members post in the group
Highlights: You’ll get notifications for posts with lots of likes and comments, and friends’ posts
Friends’ Posts: You’ll get notifications whenever your friends post
Off: You won’t get notifications when members post
10. Have fun!
Be kind. Be encouraging. Be generous.
No longer will those pesky notifications get you down. Facebook communities, yet another true blogging game changer.
Do you focus more on growing your blog or gaining a following?