Finding a community is an absolute must for blog growth. If you try to have a successful blog without being involved in a community of some sort you will be working harder that someone else with a strong community behind them.
One thing to keep in mind to get the most out of a community: avoid the drama! No community is perfect since no person is perfect. Drama comes and drama goes – a positive community experience can be had if you ignore it and latch on to the productive aspects of your community.
What is a blog community?
Well there are a few different ways to have a blog community. Basically, it is a place where bloggers gather to share ideas, encourage each other and support each other in other ways such as following each other’s blogs and/or giving comments. I will list some of my favorite blog communities for you to check out on the next pages!
Before I do, here are three things blog communities can give you if you invest in them:
Think of your blog as a house. Your solid content and beautiful photos are the foundation and the posts you construct are the beauty inside. What you need is a solid frame – and a good community is that frame. When you connect and become involved online you will gain followers, comments, and tips and knowledge – all things that build up your blog and support your endeavors. When you encounter tough times with your blog, you can find words of encouragement and the boost to keep going. You simply have a harder time being successful without such a community.
2. Knowledge and Tools
I learned a lot from googling. But I simply did not learn nearly as much from google as I did from experienced bloggers in my community. Almost every question you have about blogging can be answered from other bloggers who have been there. I learned how to optimize my blog for search engines, the benefits of StumbleUpon and photography tips and tricks all from experienced bloggers that became my friends. I have learned that more often than not, blogging is a communal activity. When you help each other out, your blog will experience exponential growth.
3. Friendship and Encouragement
Almost all moms started blogging because they made a friend or two through it. Blogging brings people together and getting involved in a community helps you find these people easier. In a community you make such good friends – you start to share in joys and frustrations that extend past blogging into personal heart matters. All of a sudden I don’t feel so alone, like I am the only cloth diapering/babywearing mom around – I have my cloth diapering blog friends I talk to. Knowing I have this group around me, I can write with more passion too.
Now I am going to share some of the blog communities I know about. If there is one you or someone you know is a part of, please let me know in the comments. I am just sharing the communities I know about and would love to hear about more that are out there!
And if you are not part of a blog community, I encourage you to find one of these and get plugged in!
(To read the communities I found, click page two below)