Whether you’re a blogger or any other type of creative entrepreneur, it is so important to connect with other people who “get it.” The struggles that we encounter with our businesses, the loneliness from working at home, or the confusion that comes from implementing new tools into our businesses can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why I am a huge advocate of Facebook groups that are specifically for bloggers and other creative entrepreneurs! There are thousands of Facebook groups, so some are obviously better than others. But most of them have very little requirements (if any) to join, so you can easily jump in and try a few out.
I love how much I learn from Facebook groups. Most people will jump right in and answer questions, and are very helpful with sharing information. This alone can save you so much time from trying to figure everything out yourself. Oh, and if you have a huge “win” or finally accomplish a goal, you have cheerleaders who are ready to give you a virtual pat on the back. That’s always a nice feeling.
Below are my top ten Facebook groups for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. I have been a part of A LOT of groups, and I chose these ten because they are the most helpful, offer a lot of engagement, and the members are overall positive and happy. Listed in alphabetical order because I couldn’t actually choose a single favorite (they’re all awesome!).
There are a few things to be careful of; first of all each group has their own set of rules. Make sure you take a minute or two to read the group rules so you don’t accidentally get kicked out of the group. Most group admins won’t give you a warning if you mess up, you’ll just notice one day that you no longer have access to the group. The biggest reason people would get kicked out is if they are spamming the group, or promoting themselves when it’s not allowed. There are groups that are specifically for self-promotion, but the majority of groups frown on this. Don’t just join a group to promote yourself. Instead, join a group so you can be a part of the community, learn from others who are similar to you, and offer help to others when you can. If you give more than you take, you will have a wonderful group experience.
Lastly, I tend to avoid two types of groups (but this is just my personal preference); the first type of group I avoid are the ones where only the group leader/admin is promoting their products or services. I understand that it’s their group, but when it feels like all they’re trying to do is sell me their stuff in every single post, I leave the group. The second type of group that I avoid is the “follow for follow” groups. I want to follow people on various social media sites because I genuinely like their business, not because I’m forced to. I feel the same way about my own followers; I would much prefer to have a lower number of followers who are actually loyal fans than a higher number of followers who never interact. Quality over quantity is my preference.
So, what are you waiting for? Jump into a few groups and see how you like the experience. Scroll through past posts, use the search box to search for keywords to see if someone else has already asked your question, and offer advice when there’s a topic that you’re knowledgeable about. I look forward to “meeting” you all online.
Is there another great group that I’ve missed? Tell me about it in the comments below.