Blogging Resource: Blogger Communities

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on August 7, 2012

Blogging is fun, but if you don’t have a huge following, it can be a little isolating, no? Maybe you’ve told your friends about you blog but they just don’t “get” it. If you’re looking for a place to meet other bloggers, learn new things, and share your story, check out these blogging communities.

Better Blogger Network

The Better Blogger Network was created by a group of bloggers who wanted a place to share their knowledge and learn from others. BBN is comprised of a blog with informative posts, but its best feature is the forum where supportive bloggers from all over the world ask and answer questions and share their experiences with others.

Independent Fashion Bloggers

It’s not just for fashion bloggers! The blog at IFB is full of helpful posts written by a group of successful bloggers who are ready to share their invaluable knowledge. IFB is on my must-read list as a resource for all bloggers, but style and fashion bloggers will probably most benefit from this community.

Blog Brunch

Anchored by a monthly Twitter chat, Blog Brunch is like a giant brainstorm session with some seriously savvy rising bloggers. I have participated in several Blog Brunches, which take place on the first Saturday of each month, and I always find myself leaving the chat feeling twice as informed and inspired as when it began.

Alt Channel

The minds behind the blog conference to end all blog conferences created the Alt Channel to bring Alt Summit to everyone year round. Alt Channel hosts online courses on every topic from finding your niche to creating your first media kit. Each class is a steal at only $15, making this resource within every blogger’s reach. Each class is taught live by a expert and you can chat and network with fellow participants throughout the duration of the class.

Do you participate in any blogging communities? Which are your favorites?

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neelu August 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

Thank you so much for sharing this list. I’ve been wanting to join some blog networking groups and didn’t know how to.
xxNeelu
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Rachel August 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m a member of a few of these- as well as Blog Trends. It’s a weekly twitter chat (#BlogTrends) each Monday at 9 pm, and they also have a website with forums, articles, etc.

http://www.blog-trends.com
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thanks for sharing, Rachel! I have heard of Blog Trends and a few others but I don’t have much personal experience with it so I thought I’d let others do the recommending : )

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Kate D August 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

This is exactly the way I’ve been feeling about my blog! Usually I give up on a blog because I feel no one is listening. Thank you for posting these resources!
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Hannah August 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thank you so much for posting this list, it’s just what I’ve been looking for! This is one of the many reasons I love your blog! x

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Juliette Gold August 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thank you for sharing the resources!

Blogbrunch is my favorite – the chat is very fun and vibrant and I’ve met some wonderful and inspiring people through it. Did you participate in the latest brunch?
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Erika August 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

You really have a lot of great resources and info for the up and coming blogger! Thanks for sharing.
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Vicki August 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

You are so helpful!
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Andrea August 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Very helpful for those of us climbing this blogging learning curve. The frustration can be immense at times and having a community of people who can help will be fantastic. I’m going to check each of these out.
Thanks so much!
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Becky Bedbug August 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love blogging communities! Unfortunately, I already take part in all of these. I really need some new ones to join!

Becky
xx
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Jenny August 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love BBN!! :D Off to check out the others you mentioned.
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Jessica @{Chic Sugar} August 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Awesome list!
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Lindsey August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thank you for sharing I’m checking these out now. Been craving some blogging companionship. Much appreciated! x
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Christine August 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks for this Kira! I’m a member of http://iblog4.me/. It’s an incredible community of supportive and enthusiastic bloggers. It features interviews, tips & tutorials, and various activities such as Comment Love Day. Check it out!

Christine
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erin @WELLinLA August 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

A friend and I are working to get “hyper-local” with our blog community in SoCal, developing a curated collection of posts from bloggers who best showcase the SoCal lifestyle. It’s a way to support each other and help one another grow our blogs, as a peer and professional community. So.. here we go! (late October launch date!)
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Colette August 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I am part of BlogHer. It’s a great community.

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Shayla August 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I’m loving Alt Channel!
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Ale August 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks for the tips! Very great ideas! I just wrote today some tips from the book “The Crafters guide to TAKING GREAT PHOTOS” for whom want some Photos’ simple but efficient advises. ;)
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Rachel August 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hi Kira!
Thank you so much for sharing! I just started my own company and just got my first blog. It’s all so new and I have much to learn, sometimes it’s seems
just too much. It’s very diffecult to attrack followers when you just got 8 posts. I hope to learn lots from you!
Thank you!

Rachel
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Rachel, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to keep it up. For a long time, my only followers were a few friends and family members – what you see now is the result of two years of hard work! You can’t expect it to be easy, but if you love it, you’ll have fun doing it. ; )

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Catherine August 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hi Kira, I’m a fellow BYW 2.0 student. I’ve taken one class with Alt, which I loved, and I hope to take more. I also just signed up with Independent Fashion Bloggers and I’m so glad I did! I’m not technically a fashion blogger, but I do write about it from time to time, and it’s been great connecting with other like-minded bloggers. I was hesitant about doing it at first, but it’s been a great way to network. Thank you for writing about this. :)
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Great job putting yourself out there, Catherine! Networking can be a little scary at first but it’s worth it!

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Bernadette @ B3HD August 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

Going to check out BBN. Already missed out on registering for Alt so I won’t agonize over what I’m missing out on on Alt channel…not for another year at least.

Thanks for sharing!
Bernadette
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Oh, the courses are totally separate from the conference, they don’t even really make mention of the conference. Just supplemental information that everyone can benefit from!

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Alex August 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Hi Kyra!
I just came across your blog and am loving it!

I have only been blogging for a few months now and am slowly building my following, I had joined IFB but sadly, I was quite disappointed :( I absolutely love all of their articles, they are incredibly helpful and informative. What I disliked was the community itself, from the moment I signed up I suddenly had 60 requests stating “follow me and I’ll follow back” this continued the next day and I decided to unsubscribe. I want to grow my following just not in this way, it seems as though most people (this is obviously a generalization) on there want as many followers as possible to be able to get freebies. So after that I hesitantly joined BBN and I was pleasantly surprised! Everyone there has been so friendly, welcoming and helpful. This was of course just my experience but I hope it might help people who possibly read my comment think about what it is that they want out of a blogging community, then go try them all out and see what their own experience is like. : )

(I have spoken to quite a few bloggers who feel the same way, and I hope that sometime in the future there could be some type of rule against these outright requests and then I would LOVE to join IFB again)

xo
Alex

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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hi Alex! Thanks so much for your helpful comment, I was hoping to hear some personal experiences like yours. I’m sorry that was your experience with IFB – like I said, I don’t participate in their community since I am not a style blogger, but I find their blog to be really helpful. But I am so glad to hear you are enjoying BBN! The bloggers over there are really sweet and helpful. This is why we are lucky there are so many different communities out there – different things work for different people!

Thanks again for your comment, I hope you’ll keep reading along : )

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Alex August 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Absolutely true, different things do work for different people!
I’m happy to have added to the conversation! And will definitely keep reading along.

xo
Alex
I also wanted to add that I really appreciated your e-mail, that was sweet :)
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Anke September 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

What a great list! Thanks so much
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Alex @ northstory October 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

I came across your blog via BlogLovin which I decided to join after recently going self hosted after having a free wordpress blog for some time. Well what happened was that once you drop the WP.com and join WP.org, you kind of vanish off the radar of the very useful blogger community building WordPress Reader feature that WP has. And that actually made me so sad b/c even though I could still read other WordPress blogs on there, they wouldn’t get new updates from my new self hosted page unless they specifically input my new domain name into their Blog Follow list vs clicking a follow button internally in WP. So I joined BlogLovin in hopes of discovering new bloggers and communities via that. So far I’ve found you! Thanks for all your great links to blogging communities. I’ll definitely check them out!
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Kelby November 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hi! This is a great list (and cool idea for a post). If it is OK, I also wanted to mention Type-A Parent. It is a community for parents who blog that was established almost six years ago.
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Julie Kohl November 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

I am one of the founders of http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com. I am so proud and amazed at what we are doing! Over 400 active members to date and growing each day! We will be launching in several other states in the coming year!

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