Anyone who meets me will learn pretty quickly that I am totally, completely in love with blogging. I love creating content and graphics. I love promoting, and I even love the tedious tasks. But one thing that I particularly love is the community I've found with other bloggers.
There are quite a few people that I have never met in person and yet we have exchanged gifts and Christmas cards, we've talked about deeper issues, and I truly believe that if I were in trouble, a few of them would try their best to help me.
Sadly, some bloggers don't have this type of community. They don't have "blogging besties" and they have no idea how to find one.
If that sounds like you, keep reading. This post is for you!
What is a Blogging Group?A blogging group is a Facebook group set up so that bloggers can come together to connect, get to know each other, support and mentor one another, and help each other grow their reach and influence. There are thousands-upon-thousands of blog groups and they all vary in one way or another. But I am pretty confident that there is something out there for everyone if they know how and where to look.
How to Find a Blogging GroupFacebook
Go to your search bar and type "blogging group". It's as simple as that. A bunch of different one's will appear. If any of them sound interesting, just click "join" and an admin will have to add you.
Many bloggers have written posts about good blogging groups to join. Seach Pinterest for "Facebook Blogging Groups" and a bunch of those posts will pop up.
Bloggers that you respect and follow along with
If you follow a blogger that you really respect, try to connect with them and ask them if they have any good recommendations. If this blogger is a bigger blogger with a ton of followers, give them some time to answer. It can take more than a week for some bloggers to answer.
What to Look For in a Blogging Group1. Admins that are kind, understanding, and organized
Finding a group with good admins is one of the main things you should look for. Why? Because if the admin is disorganized, the group most likely will be too. There are some groups out there that have extremely nice admins, but threads are never posted on time and things are often forgotten. These groups may have good people, but they make it hard for blog growth to occur.
On the flip side, if an admin isn't understanding, there will be little room for mistakes (which everyone makes). And if the admin isn't kind, the group will not be a pleasant or encouraging place.
A few months ago, I joined a blogging group that (based on the name of the group) should have been a great place to learn, grow, and build community. But the admin came across as angry and bitter. She snapped at multiple people who were just trying to have a conversation with her. One day, I jumped in on a conversation. I was kind, but tried to explain a problem some people in the group were having. A few minutes later, I realized I had been banned from the group, despite the fact that I had remained kind and peaceful. Honestly, I didn't really care that I was kicked out because I had already decided to leave. But this story serves to show that if you don't have good admins who love and respect their group well and are open to constructive criticism, it is probably not a group worth staying in.
2. Members (and admins) that make you feel encouraged and supported
Another thing that you should be looking for in the blogging community is a group filled with encouraging members. In my opinion, the best type of groups are the one's with members who write you within group threads just to say they enjoyed your content. People who leave long, genuine, and thoughtful comments on your content are also a huge indicator of a good group. The support and encouragement will mean more to you than you realize.
3. Offers what you are looking for (threads vs discussions/ advice vs promotions)
One other things I would add, is that you need to really know what you want. Do you want to grow your numbers, your social media reach, and your blog stats? Or do you want a group where you can check in and ask questions and have discussion threads? I am in several groups that do both, but if I had to pick, I'd pick promotion groups. I think community is just as possible with those groups and of course I want to grow! However, I do know people who prefer groups that are soley for discussion and asking questions. You need to decide what you prefer.
4. (In my opinion) Small is better
Look for groups with no more than 2,000 members. I have found that it's hard to build a tight-knit community or get noticed in a group much bigger than that. But that is just my opinion.
Supportive Blogging Groups I LoveBlog Passion Project
I'm biased, but I have always adored BPP. I have been in the group pretty much since it first started and I have gained most of my blogging besties from being a part of this community. I only say I am biased because I recently became an admin of BPP and I am enjoying it a lot!
Blogging with Heart
BWH has quickly become another favorite for me. I have been a member of this group for a few months now and I have been so blessed by the authenticity of the community and the kindness, care, and organization that the admins put into everything they do. I highly recommend this group too.
Blog Building- Social Media Reciprocating Group
This is such a sweet group. Technically, this group has only existed for a few weeks because it is a split off of another group. Nothing bad occured to make the split happen. In fact, both groups are still led by the same, wonderful person and one group is more for discussion and questions, and the other (the one I listed) is the group that is geared more towards social media shares and growth. It's a very small group, which is really nice if you are interested in being able to get to know everyone.
A few honorable mentions that I highly recommend joining:
Passion + Profit
The Blogger Life
Bloggers for Pinterest and Instagram
The Peony Project
Do you have any blog group suggestions, or questions about this whole concept? Comment below!