It might surprise you to learn that before I started blogging, I was almost never on Facebook (or any other social media for that matter). I did read some blogs, but that was the extent of my online connecting. I was too shy to even make comments on blogs.
When I started blogging, it felt a bit lonely. I wanted to reach out and connect with other bloggers, but I wasn’t sure how. I made myself leave comments on blogs that I loved, although I agonized over every word making sure it was perfect. A year and a half into blogging, I was finally getting some traction, and I was really craving some connection and advice from other creative entrepreneurs in a similar situation.
That’s where Facebook groups come in. They were such a lifesaver for me. They are a great place to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs. You can get ideas, advice, collaborate, and even just know that there are other people dealing with the same things you are.
Before I reveal my favorite groups, I feel like I need to issue a bit of caution. While Facebook groups are wonderful, they can also become a HUGE distraction. Once you start joining groups it can be addicting, and it seems like new groups are popping up all the time! It’s tempting to want to join every single one.
However, you can easily sit down at your computer to start your workday, open up Facebook and two hours are gone before you know it. So let me caution to use these groups responsibly. Less is more. Pick one or two and really engage in those groups. Don’t spend all your work time on Facebook.
Okay, so let’s get on to my personal three favorite groups.
Building a Framework Bloggers
This is definitely my favorite group. It’s just the perfect size with lots of active members who are super friendly and helpful. It’s very welcoming for both newbies and more experienced bloggers. Donnie and Abby, the group hosts, are also very responsive in the group plus they’re happy to share all their “secrets.” I also like that all the members are really serious about blogging, because the group is only open to people who buy the Building a Framework Advanced or Master package.
Brilliant Business Moms
This is another fantastic group that I think is the perfect size. Everyone is so supportive and friendly plus Beth Anne, the hostess, is active in the group and is super fun and smart. I would say this group is geared just a little bit more toward Etsy sellers and things like that rather than strictly blogging. You can join the group here. (It’s completely free.)
Simple Pin Pinterest Strategy Group
I love Pinterest and a huge percentage of my website traffic comes from Pinterest, so I was so excited when I found this group entirely dedicated to discussing Pinterest strategy. The group hostess, Kate Ahl, is very active in the group. I also love that they keep the discussion upbeat and positive (instead of freaking out and being really negative about Pinterest changes). The group is free. You can join it here.
Those three are my current favorite Facebook groups, but here are a few others that I think are definitely worth checking out.
What is your favorite Facebook Group and what benefits have you received from being active in that group?
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