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Benefits of Joining a Blogging Community

coffee-shop-computerWhat does your blogger life look like? As a blogger/ influencer the main part is our computer or mobile device. For many of us this could be some comfortable area of our house where we sit with a computer, but usually we are alone. Then if we look at our friends and family, how many of them understand what we do and what it involves?


If your experience is anything like mine with blogging and becoming an influencer, it has been a solo journey. Even though my friends and family find my work and site interesting, they don’t completely understand it. So not having someone to relate to or communicate with can be difficult, and causes some to stop making content all together.


Here’s why you need to be a part of a blogging community:


Socialize- Communities can introduce you to people who are writing about topics similar to yours, or that you are interested in. It provides the opportunity to find people who you can relate to chat with. Plus many groups have events, social media parties, and give information on conferences. Also, there’s a chance to create collaboration opportunities.


Education- Being around a bunch of bloggers who have different levels of experience allows the group to learn from each other. Many groups have forums and charts where information about techniques, tools and apps are shared thus growing brand/blog. Members can also share information about local or online events that can be used for content.


Accountability- Have you ever wanted someone’s opinion on your content or an idea but didn’t have anyone to ask? Communities provide you a way to ask questions and get advice from other bloggers and influencer. Plus you can bounce ideas and thoughts off them and get support for your new post or projects.


To find local or online groups look on websites like Facebook or Meetup.


Reference: http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/blogging-communities/

Secrets to Success on Instagram

pr-logo-instagramWhat’s the point of using Instagram? From the outside looking in, Instagram appears to be all about liking and commenting on pictures or short videos. So it’s easy to understand why some bloggers are hesitate to create an account especially when it can seem like just another social media site. The thing is that Instagram is more than just people sharing pictures and videos, it’s a way to connect with your readers in an authentic way.


Instagram provides the opportunity for readers to get a behind-the-scenes look into your brand and your life as an influencer. By sharing pictures and videos consistently you can build anticipation about your site, new post, and events your hosting. Plus, Instagram is a great place to connect with other bloggers and influencers.


Ways to Success on Instagram:

Consistent Branding– Use the same name and profile pictures that you use on other social media sites.


Clear Bio– Use your tagline to clearly express your mission and let others know who you are.


Be Consistent in Posting- Post somewhere between 1-3 times a day. Remember to respect to your followers’ feeds.


Create Cohesiveness– A great way to attract people to your profile is by using similar filters, contrast, and colors in your pictures.


Use Scheduling Apps- Schedule and save pictures to upload to your account using Latergram. You can manage via your computer or mobile device.


Learn About Followers– A great way to find out when your followers are online is to use Iconosquare.


Don’t Be Afraid to Comment and Like– Comment and like other people’s content just as much as it is to share it. This is a great way to connect with other users and build your audience.


Post Awesome Pictures– Use natural lighting as much as possible and avoid posting dark or blurry pictures.


Hashtags– Using hashtags will make your content easier to find. Make sure that the hashtags that you use are relevant to the content. Also don’t over use hashtags.


Tag Others- This is a great practice for doing sponsored post or connecting with brands for future networking.