Last week Becky wrote a great post about the importance of a close group of bloggers. Many of you responded to this post asking how to find such a group, and what you should do once you have one, so we decided to do a series this week answering those very questions.
Today we’re discussing how to find a blogging group, what to look for, and how to get it started! Be sure to stay tuned this week, as every day we will cover a different aspect of blogging groups and how to work them!
- Niche – Find bloggers with a similar niche to yourself. Do you blog mainly about healthy living? Find other bloggers who do the same. Do you love fashion? Look for other fashion bloggers! Find bloggers that share your passions so that you can easily promote for each other and share tips for writing to your specific audience.
- Size – This isn’t as big (no pun intended) of an issue, but it helps to connect with other bloggers whose blogs are similar in size to your own. A little bigger/smaller is a good thing but if one of you has 200,000 followers and the other only 2, you are probably not going to be the best support system for one another. Find people that you can help and that can help you in return.
- Goals – Find bloggers who share your goals. Are you blogging for fun? for ministry? for profit? a bit of all three? None of these are bad goals, but it is best to build your group full of bloggers with similar goals, so that you can best support each other and help one another reach your goals!
- Strengths – Find people with differing strengths. For Becky, Danielle and I we all 3 have very different strengths and weaknesses, which is why we can work so well together! Where I’m weak, Danielle is AMAZING, where Danielle is weak Becky shines and where Becky struggles I’m able to step up and help! It’s great learning from each other because we all have very different skill sets, although we share very similar goals.
How to Start
After you’ve made a list of bloggers that might work for your group, begin emailing them! Let them know that you are interested in starting a group and get their feedback. Chances are, not every one will be interested but you should be able to get several people from your list that are wanting to be in a fun blogging group!
Lay out clear guidelines explaining what you want the group to be, what (if anything) is expected of members and what amount of time commitment it will be for every one. This will help all the bloggers to make a good decision about joining your group or not.
We are ready to dive in and guide you to your own blogging group!
Come back every day this week for a different aspect of this series (example: Facebook, Pinterest, etc…)