This post here is for my fellow bloggers or those who are in the process of starting their own blog!
I’m very new to the blogging world. I’ve only been blogging for about a month and a half, and I’m learning new things literally every day that I blog and connect with other bloggers.
I am by no means an expert at blogging, but I do feel seasoned enough in one topic to share with you some tips!
Facebook Blogging groups! What are they? A facebook blogging group is a community where many different types of bloggers join a group(on Facebook) to share tips, give and receive advice, ask questions, connect, and help each other grow their blogs and businesses!
If you’re a blogger, especially a newbie like me, I highly recommend looking into groups like this to help grow your blog and audience. It is such a wonderful, fun, and productive way to connect and see growth in your blog.
BUT, I feel like I need to share some tips with you about going groups! Here is what I learned from my experience and mistakes that I have made…
1. Do not join too many groups at once.
There are TONS, literally tons of groups you can join, but I recommend sticking to 4 or 5 groups (at most) to start off with.
My first and biggest mistake was joining 7 groups at once, and I could not keep up with each group and their different rules, threads, and notifications. I got overwhelmed, wasn’t able to follow all the rules, and wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain. Start slow, and focus on just a few groups that truly catch your eye and that you believe you can keep up with! Take it easy! 🙂
2. Read ALL the rules from every group and FOLLOW them!
Some groups have thousands of members, so you might think that they won’t notice you… well, that’s not true. If you break the rules, you will be found, get called out, and get deleted or blocked from the group. Each group has different rules and some groups are very strict with their rules, so read (and re read) each set of rules and always ask the moderator or admin questions if you are unsure about a rule.
3. Do not join a thread or challenge if you don’t think you can’t complete it.
To be honest, this is how I got kicked out from a group just a few days ago. I dropped links in too many different threads and got overwhelmed and couldn’t finish them. So I’ve learned to only participate in threads every other day or every two days, and focus on those and complete them as soon as I can! Manage your time and follow through with the thread! If you can’t, delete your link and let admin or a moderator know that you have done so and will not complete the thread. (Also read the specific group rules on what to do if you can’t or choose not to complete the thread)
It’s so unfair to drop links and get tons of engagement and likes, but not put the effort in to do the same for others. I learned that not completing threads and not doing your part is always unfair, even if it’s unintentional.
So just slow down, take your time, and only commit to what you know you can finish!
4. Don’t look at admin and moderators as “the bad guys”.
I notice that sometimes moderators and admin can come off as rude because they are strict with the rules, but that’s the only way to keep things fair and organized in the group! I don’t look at it as rude.. I see it as them doing their part to help you with your growth in a fair manner. So to avoid conflict and hurt feelings, understand that it’s never personal. It’s just part of the rules and its is expected of all members to follow them! 🙂
5. Be honest and fair.
Sometimes, I’ve seen people say they liked or commented on the link you shared, but actually didn’t… again, admin will find out and you will get booted from the group. Don’t lie and say you did your part and you really didn’t. You will get caught. Would you want someone to do that to you? Of course not. So be honest and fair as you join and participate in these groups.
I understand the excitement of being a part of these groups and seeing growth! It’s great! But start slow and don’t get caught up in too many things at once! It’s never fun to get called out and kicked out of a group (I should know lol), so remember to pace yourself!
Let me know if this helped you! Also let me know if you know of any other tips to help a new member of Facebook blogging groups!