Back when I first started blogging, I had no clue that there were certain types of blogging communities out there that served as places of networking, promotion, and most importantly, friendships. It's definitely the top thing I wish I knew about when I first started out.
I have had so many blogging beginners reach out to me and ask for advice, and the number one thing I tell them to do right away when they start blogging is to get connected. Getting connected with other bloggers is essential for many reasons, but most importantly, because everyone needs community.
The vast majority of blogging communities are hosted through groups on Facebook. It's pretty much genius and the only reason why Facebook is of use to us bloggers, haha.How To Find Community In The Blogging World Click To Tweet
So, how do you go about finding the right blogging communities for you? I'm glad you asked! 🙂 Today, I'll be going in-depth with explaining how to find your ideal blogging community. After we hit all of those points, we'll be diving into how to truly get connected in those communities!
HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL BLOGGING COMMUNITY:
1. Establish Your Blog's Focus/Niche // Before you start to dive into finding your ideal blogging community, you first need to establish your main focus as a blogger. What's your blog's focus/niche? What are the main topics you write about? Who is your ideal target audience? Who might you want to collaborate with? These are all key questions to get figured out the best that you can before searching for blogging communities, especially ones that are geared toward certain niches only.
2. Reach Out & Research // The next step is to reach out to any bloggers that you already know of. Do you have a friend or family member who's a blogger and is connected in the blogging world? Reach out to them and ask if they have any recommendations as to where to get connected. Be sure to do your research. There are tons and tons of different blogging Facebook groups out there, but being honest, not all of those will help you get connected or grow. This is why you've got to do some digging before joining some blogging Facebook groups.
3. Things To Look For In A Blogging Facebook Community // Like I already mentioned, you don't want to join any and every blogging community out there. Here are some things you should look for when looking for a blogging Facebook community group:
- Niche/Focus: The large majority of Facebook groups don't have a set niche they focus on, but there are some out there. It all comes down to what you're really wanting to get connected in. I highly recommend getting plugged into a few general blogging groups, this way you have diversity, which can only help you grow more!
- Size Of The Group: If you haven't already caught on, blogging communities come in all shapes and sizes. This is why it's important to think about what size you're looking for in blogging communities. I used the think the bigger the better, but in all reality, bigger in terms of blogging groups is not better at all. Blogging groups are typically focused on promotion alone, which is dangerous in larger Facebook groups. Why? Because not everyone who drops their links in these promotion threads actually come back to engage with others. It's sad, but true. This is why I recommend joining Facebook groups that have a smaller number of members. In my opinion, I'd say 2500-3000 is the max of a group where you can get genuine engagement with everyone following through.
- What It's Founded On: I just said that Facebook groups are usually primarily for promotion purposes, which isn't inheritably a bad or good thing. Almost two years ago, a group of fellow bloggers and I decided to come together and create our very own Facebook blogging community. The whole purpose for us creating this group was not to focus on just promotion, but instead, to focus more on community. I'll share more about this group in a moment. 🙂
- Admins With Proper Leadership Qualities: Facebook groups always have an admin or admins. Personally, I think it's always smart to have a team of admins running a Facebook group. You want to look for groups that have admins who have proper leadership qualities. I'm not saying look for the group with the admins who've been blogging the longest. Nope! I'm saying to look for the group(s) where the admins are committed, understanding, respectful, passionate, kind, and motivational. Look for admins who set the right example! I have been in Facebook groups where the admins were awful to their members. They'd shame, threaten, and be rude to members, which is not okay at all. You want admins who are open to new ideas and constructive criticism, not those who only want to do things their way. If you're wanting to belong to Facebook groups that are encouraging through growth and community, look at the admins - are they demonstrating proper characteristics? If not, then you might not want to stay in those groups.
- Dedicated Members: While the admins set the overall tone for the blogging group, the members help amplify the groups intentions. You want to be blogging groups that have members who are authentic and genuine. You want to be a part of groups where the members take their time and actually read through your posts, instead of quick skimming and leaving a half-hearted comment. You want to be a part of a community of bloggers who are dedicated and passionate, not ones that just want to get their content out there.
>> BLOG PASSION PROJECT <<
Almost two years ago, some fellow bloggers and I started up a Facebook group for bloggers called, Blog Passion Project. We started Blog Passion Project to have a blogging group that was focused on way more than just promotion - we wanted to have a group that was grounded in community. BPP is a community is for active bloggers in any kind of niche who seriously want to connect with other bloggers and grow their blogs. We feature daily threads to promote growth, blog & social media challenges, and opportunities to join giveaways and gain exposure. We would LOVE to have YOU join our community! We're welcoming you with arms wide open! Let me know if you have any questions.If you're a blogger, then you NEED to be a part of this blogging group! Click To Tweet
HOW TO GET CONNECTED IN BLOGGING COMMUNITIES:
1. Participate In Daily Threads // When you're new to a Facebook blogging group, the first thing you should do (other than read up on the rules of the group) is to start participating in daily threads. Most blogging groups have daily comment threads and social media threads. Drop your links in them and then reciprocate to other bloggers. Share the love!
2. Follow Bloggers You Resonate With On Social Media // Aside from supporting other bloggers content on their blog by reading and commenting, the next way to support and connect with others is to follow them on social media. Don't go following everyone - only follow those you truly resonate with and genuinely want to get to connect with more.
3. Reach Out To Collaborate With Other Bloggers // Bloggers need other bloggers! Some of the best blogging friendships I have now have come from collaborating with other bloggers. Some ways to collaborate with other bloggers are link-ups, giveaways, guest posts, and more.
Related Reading: Why You Need To Collaborate With Other Bloggers
4. Participate In Extra Group Activities // Sometimes blogging Facebook groups have extra activities aside from their regularly scheduled threads. Some have Twitter chats, mail swaps, giveaways, Instagram challenges, and more. If you want to get out there and connected in the blogging world, you've got to take the first step to put yourself out there. You can do it! It's fun! I promise.
5. Be Genuine, Friendly, & Respectful // If you want to attract genuine, friendly, and respectful people, then you need to first take up those characteristics. Be who you want to attract. Stay true to yourself and respect others. Be friendly and warm, kind and encouraging. Remember: we rise by lifting others! If you're seeking community, you need to be community.
Have you found your ideal blogging community yet? What's one of the most important things to you to have in a Facebook blogging community? What's been the toughest thing for you in getting connected in the blogging community? Have you joined Blog Passion Project yet? Let's chat!