How to Be a Better Blogger with These 7 Writing Communities

By: | April 21, 2018 | Tags: , , , ,

Pick a writing community: 7 choices

Do you feel understood as a writer?

Do you feel supported by your inner circle to grow your blog?

Do you feel lonely because you don’t know any other writers or bloggers?

I once asked, “Do you tell people you blog?”

Many of us don’t feel supported and would rather not risk feeling misunderstood by those who don’t know our blogging secret.

Many of us choose to keep the fact that we’re bloggers a secret.

However, when you’re in a writing community, you can tell whomever you want.

The members already know, and more importantly, they understand.

Bloggers and other writers need support.

There are times of disillusionment, frustration, and confusion.

Writer’s Block could strike; you could be stuck for a blog post idea

Even if you don’t need support at the moment, you should belong to a writing community in case you need support.

This post will describe the following writing communities: PAC, MyBlogU, Facebook Writing Communities, Pencue, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Pitch Wars, and the Mostly Blogging Blogger’s Collaboration Group.

1. PAC Writing Community

What is PAC?

PAC stands for Power Affiliate Club. This is how the group members describe themselves on Twitter:

PAC is an “Effort” based community – meaning, through the activities we offer, we “teach” through participation for results.

Why You Should Join PAC

  • PAC has a Facebook group which allows self-promotion. You can promote two blog posts per weekly thread. Reciprocation is required. You are expected to visit and comment on five posts in the thread. This helps your SEO. Google sees blogs with comments as active blogs, and Google gives priority visibility to active blogs.
  • They also have the PAC Advertising and Opportunities group. This group is different from the first group since this group allows you to advertise your products and services.
  • PAC has a blog with insightful articles. I was actually interviewed in one of them.
  • The articles the members share in the group are helpful. For example, by reading one of the articles, I learned I was breaking a new rule on Twitter. I wouldn’t have known about the rule and been able to change my practice if not for the article I read in the PAC Facebook group.
  • Their members are amazing at engagement. They visit my other posts in addition to the posts I put in the weekly thread.
  • Their members are friendly. Everyone welcomes new members to the group.
  • They remember your birthday. Everyone comes out to wish you “Happy Birthday.”
  • On your birthday, they make you graphics to make you feel special. Look:
  • They offer writing tips outside of Facebook. The group is helpful all over the internet.
  • When you have a success, the group members share your joy. For example, my ebook was featured on a book blog. One of the members told the other members, and they came to congratulate me. One then shared my feature with another one of her Facebook groups.
  • You extend your influence across social media sites when you participate in the PAC community. They can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, for example.
  • The PAC Community shares the posts you leave in their Facebook group on Twitter. I’ve repeatedly seen posts I’ve left in their Facebook group shared on Twitter by the other members.
  • You could be honored. The PAC Facebook group honored me with this shoutout “CONGRATULATIONS to Janice Wald for TOP Posting on the PAC Community Blog!    We appreciate you and your participation!”
  • The admins of the group ensure the group isn’t spammed with sales since they have a special group for sales promotions.
  • The PAC group has a forum.
  • When you join, the group sends you helpful emails. These include valuable blogging tips.
  • The group is not niche specific. People of all niches join PAC.

Testimonials About the Value of the PAC Community

Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ cites membership as one reason he’s never struggled to overcome Writer’s Block. “The frequent visit to social forums like… PAC help me to overcome this.”

Blogger Edward Thorpe has powerful words to share about the benefits of joining PAC:

I’ve learned some blogging things or three because my association with the supportive (and nonjudgmental) members of your Baby: The Power Affiliates Club! have made me wanna up my blogging game…

Here’s a recent benefit I’ve received from PAC brothers and sisters – their stories of they worked through serious challenges – inspired me to keep blogging even as I was whining my way through a longish bout of despair & depression.

The interesting thing was how just knowing every PAC member would encourage & support me gave me the initiative to not let them down. That’s huge!
Thank you,
Lesly!*

The groups’ administrator is Lesly Federici.

Are You Ready to Meet the Members of the PAC Community?

If you are going to put yourself on the internet, you should connect yourself with people who are like you and who can help you.

The PAC community contains those people. They are full of serious bloggers whose goal is empowerment and engagement. As a result of those two factors vital to blogging, I’ve found a third. By interacting with the PAC members, I’ve found friendship.

You can too if you get involved with the PAC Community.

For more information about the PAC Facebook Community, watch their video:

Hey Blogger!

Posted by Power Affiliate Club – PAC on Friday, February 9, 2018

2. MyBlogU

When I published my post about how I monetize my blog, I shared that one of the methods I use was by promoting myself at MyBlogU.

The clicks from my site to MyBlogU after I published that post astonished me.

Why was I surprised at the onslaught of interest? I just assumed everyone already knew and loved MyBlogU like I did.

You need to apply by having your blog verified.

I am a huge fan of MyBlogU. The feeling of community and collaboration is unparalleled.

Why You Should Join the MyBlogU Writing Community

  1. Administrator Ann Smarty asks knowledgeable bloggers for tips and shares them with the members of MyBlogU. Those tips are put in a published weekly roundup so members get exposure and links to their sites.
  2. Those publications are shared at Viral Content Bee, My Blog U’s sister site, so members get more exposure. At Viral Content Bee, the publications could be shared on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. You have the potential to get exposure on all those places if your tips are published and promoted at Viral Content Bee.
  3. The tips are shared in Twitter chats so members get exposure.
  4. You have the option of putting your tips on other social media so you get more exposure there. MyBlogU is connected to Facebook and Twitter.
  5. People who hold expert interviews can find participants there. In fact, when a blogger was unable to find interview participants by his deadline, MyBlogU sent out a mass email requesting knowledgeable members participate. MyBlogU makes using experts from MyBlogU in your expert interviews easy as this interview shows.

     

  6. Bloggers who want to participate in expert interviews can find opportunities for them at MyBlogU. This will result in getting you links from big blogs since influencers go there.  We are able to get links to our site from high-quality blogs at MyBlogU. I have participated in other people’s expert interviews and received links from their sites.
  7. Joining MyBlogU will enhance your self-esteem. After being a member for only one month, I was told I qualified for an Established User badge. Everyone who looks at my profile can see the badge. Would you like to see it? Here is my profile. It’s under my name. In addition, I was notified that Ann Smarty wanted me to participate in a link building interview. It might have gone out to all the members, but it still felt good that she let me know about an opportunity to participate in an interview.
  8. You don’t even have to keep checking back to MyBlogU to discover if an expert interview is being held. MyBlogU notifies you of new interviews there.
  9. If you want to be an influencer, you need to hang out with influencers. You will find them at My Blog U.
  10. You will be treated with respect. When I participated by offering tips, Ann Smarty wrote me thank you notes and invited me to the Twitter chat where my tips would be discussed.
  11. You can make money. There is a job board asking what opportunities you are available for. You can choose from interviews, free gigs, and paid gigs. You can also choose a combination.
  12. MyBlogU is free to join.

I’ve had amazing experiences with MyBlogU, and you can too!

  • I hosted a Twitter chat. This enabled me to meet new people who gave me tips I can implement on my blog and share with blog readers.
  • I received respondents for my expert interview which finished in my Top 5 best-performing posts of 2017. None of the post’s success would have been possible without MyBlogU. I met many of the respondents there. After they participated in my expert roundup, we stayed in contact at Twitter where they continue, to this day, to retweet my work to their tens of thousands of followers. It’s actually one of the most shared at Buzzsumo in its category. I could not have experienced this success with the help of MyBlogU. Many of the respondents and I have stayed close since and communicated on Twitter.

MyBlogU Testimonials

“I use MyBlogU for more than a year now. Thanks to it I was featured on lots of different sites, earning relevant backlinks this way. Through MyBlogU, I connected with other bloggers and got experts for my roundups.
For example, on my last expert roundup on SEO, I featured answers from 7 experts that replied to my request on MyBlogU. This is a win-win situation where I get contributors for my posts, that help me share and promote them, and they get links. That’s why I like this site so much.”

Founder Ann Smarty:

“The purpose behind MyBlogU is to give all bloggers (including newbies) a place where they can connect to others and help each other. It’s the only community where you can benefit from networking without prior building your own network. With MyBlogU, anyone can request help:

  • With article ideas (Brainstorming section)
  • To collect expert quotes and insider tips (Interview section)
  • To edit an article to make it better (Articles section).”

3. Writing Communities on Facebook

There are so many support groups for writers on Facebook.

These are the Facebook groups for writers I belong to in addition to PAC that are accepting new members:

Sharing Our Creativity

The Writer’s Door

Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club 

I’m sure you can find many more by typing in your niche + groups in the Facebook search bar.

4. Pencue

Pencue is a new content curation site.

The PAC group listed Pencue as one of the 5 best content curation sites on the web in 2018.

 

5. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

According to the website, the purpose of the group is “to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”

The first Wednesday of each month is “Insecure Writers Support Group Day.” You have a chance to connect with other writers.

Gary Jefferies is a member.

6. Pitch Wars

It’s an online ‘contest’ for writers who are at the stage where they’re looking for an agent–or wondering why the agents keep saying ‘no’.

You enter to win the chance of being selected by a writing mentor, to help you revamp your novel and get it ready to show to agents.

The entire experience is run by Brenda Drake and Heather Cashman, and the website with more details is http://pitchwars.org/.

There are various groups depending on the kind of author you are. For example, there is the main support group, the Young Adult writer specific group, and the support group for members who are actively searching.

According to member and group leader Morgan Hazelwood, “In the months leading up to and waiting to hear if we’re selected, I get a LOT of traffic.”

7. Bloggers Collaboration Group

May I toot my own horn? The Bloggers Collaboration Group is a subcommunity of Mostly Blogging.

It’s been active for years. People help each other which is exciting to see.

The dynamic of the group is as followers:

When frustration or disillusionment strikes, bloggers go to the group and leave a wish in the comments section.

Other members come to the group and grant the wishes.

This wish can be anything from needing social shares to wanting more comments on the post.

The wishes are unlimited too as long as the requesting blogger receives my newsletters.

The Bloggers Collaboration Group is a perk for my blog followers.

Wrapping Up

Are you aware there is a name for the people who support you as a writer? The word is “tribe.”

When you join any of these communities, your tribe becomes more than just a word. It becomes a feeling of belonging.

Isn’t that what every community should provide?

Starting joining today.

Please share so other writers realize they don’t need to go on this journey alone. They can choose a writing community and find support and understanding.

Related

This post was about writing communities. For information about writing services, custom, qualified writing help is available at Custom Writings.

Source

How Does PAC Inspire Individual Success?*

Disclaimer: This post was made possible by the support of the Custom Writings company.

 

  1. Andrea | at 8:30 am

    I will definitely be looking into some of these as I start my blog! Your articles have been so helpful!

    I just have to say, though, that I still don’t understand Twitter. Hopefully there’s a Twitter for Dummies book out there. It’s the only social media site that I have no clue about.

  2. Momina Arif | at 8:40 am

    I think I have already joined a few of these and will definitely check out the rest. I totally agree that writing communities make a huge difference specially for writers/bloggers.

  3. Kathryn Maclean | at 9:24 am

    Hi Janice
    Wow what a great review on PAC! I was so pleased to see you used the birthday pic that I did for you! I enjoy doing that. PAC is truly a wonderful place on the net for bloggers of all kinds. Enjoyed your review. The welcome lady for PAC. Kathryn.

    • Janice Wald | at 1:03 pm

      Hi Kathryn, the welcome lady for PAC =)
      Thanks for commenting. I am SO glad you were pleased. I’m guessing PAC got a lot of signups over the weekend. People wrote me and told me they applied.
      I LOVE that picture. How do you know when everyone’s birthdays are?
      I have another one coming up…
      Janice

  4. Moss Clement | at 10:26 am

    Hi Janice,

    Amongst all the blogging communities on this article, oil only knew of two – PAC and MyBlogU, the others are new to me. But the good thing about blogging tribes is that the members are like a family working together as a team. You have to be a team player.

    Thank you once again, Janice, for this amazing review.

    • Janice Wald | at 1:05 pm

      Hi Moss,
      I’m so glad you were pleased with my reviews of the 7 writing communities. They’ve given me a lot of joy and I was happy to pass on their names to interested writers.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 1:07 pm

      Hi Davida,
      I agree that for blog promotion, Facebook groups with more members would definitely be more of an asset. However, this post was about getting support for writers, so I recommended groups that support writers.
      Nice to see you. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

      • Davida Chazan | at 2:06 am

        I’m also on many groups that support writers. For example, one FB group called Writers Unite! has well over 38K members, and they have a weekly post for putting up promotional links. Another group called Authors has over 31K members, and they have several posts a week for promotional links (FB pages or Author pages or whatever). I’ve joined up with over 50 FB groups, each one has their own rules (post only blog links, post only FB links, post only on Saturdays, etc.) and I’ve increased my traffic on my blog posts from an average of only 30 to well over 300. Now, I know that’s not amazing traffic, but for me, it certainly is an improvement. Mind you, it isn’t easy keeping track of them all, so I have an Excel sheet with each one telling me what and when and how I can post to these groups. None of any of the other social media sites I’m on gives me hits on my blog like these groups do – not Pinterest, not Twitter and not any of the other ones I constantly put up links to my blog posts. Funny thing, I do get some from here, as well as from a couple of other blogs.
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  5. Jeanette S. Hall | at 10:42 am

    Janice,
    I signed up to both PAC and MyBlogU today. Let them both know that you were the reason I signed up! Really like PAC a lot so far.

    Looked at all the other suggestions in your post, but these 2 were the ones that felt like a good fit for my style of writing (typing). Thanks for sharing these with all the rest of us out in the blogosphere!
    Jeanette S. Hall recently posted…1937 Of “Mice And Men” Or 2018 Of “Mice And Balls”?My Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 1:09 pm

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thanks for commenting. I can’t wait to see you in the 2 groups. PAC requires a lot of reciprocation, so I’ll probably see you there often. I know you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for telling me and telling them I referred you.
      Janice

  6. Ryan Biddulph | at 11:19 am

    LOL on the Insecure Writer’s Group Janice. Because this skill/niche does bring up security issues. Awesome name. Write,write and write more to strip away fears of self-worth feelings in the basement and other lower energy stuff. Great to be in a community too; you see fellow writers succeeding, inspiring and sometimes battling the same issues as you. This really pulls ya through tough times.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald | at 1:10 pm

      Hi Ryan,
      I was amused by the name Insecure Writer’s Group as well, but as you said, if the name fits, the writer will need support which all these groups provide. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  7. jo Ann lawery | at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the info, Janice. I just signed up for P.A.C. I have been on wordpress.com for a year but I know there’s so much more I need to learn about blogging . Thanks for all your great tips.

    • Janice Wald | at 3:44 pm

      Hi Jo Ann,
      Exciting! I guess I’ll see you in the PAC Facebook group. You’re going to love the camaraderie. If you’re looking for engagement, PAC is the group to join. I’m glad I could help. Thanks for writing to let me know I did.
      Janice

  8. Kimsea Sok | at 8:41 pm

    Hello Janice.

    I was what you said. I used to kept my blog secret and overwhelm with writing article in English.

    I sometimes asked myself, “if I fit with this job”.

    I’ve joint several writing communities, but I got was the criticisms.

    Not really!…

    Connecting with other bloggers and writers help me with improving passionate writing.

    Because the most of them are native and great writers, I could understand my mistakes through their feedback.

    Now. I feel much more confident when hitting publish button.

    Thanks for adding more communities to my list.

    I bookmarked the post as a useful resource and hopefully link back to the article when having appropriated topic.
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    • Janice Wald | at 3:46 pm

      HI Kimsea,
      Great to see you. It’s been a while. I know you’ve been busy like many of us.
      Thanks for your comments. They really convey how important it is for bloggers to have a support system. I’m sorry if you were met with criticisms instead of constructive suggestions.
      I am not familiar with Pencue or the Insecure Writers Group, but I know the other groups are friendly and supportive. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 3:49 pm

      Wow What high praise, Diana! Thank you! I know you’ll enjoy spending time in these writing communities just as I have. Thanks for writing. I appreciate your compliments.
      Janice

  9. Terri Webster Schrandt | at 2:31 pm

    Janice, you never fail to amaze me with your knowledge, your in-depth articles and your prolific blogging schedule. I still believe you have managed to clone yourself, or at least you only need 2-3 hours of sleep a night. 😉 in order to continue your pace and survive in your career as an educator. I wanted to do more with blogging, but I got sidetracked with writing the first e-book and dabbling in photography. Teaching this new management class at Sacramento State as a core course to Rec and Park majors and having to create the curriculum from scratch (I have 80 students, half of them online) really took all of my time but the rewards have been tremendous! My blog focuses more on photography (I know–bad pun), but I usually write a decent non-fiction article with the photo. I love the Author/Blogger’s Support group now, but I have to ask, now that Facebook has changed (many are complaining and I’ve noticed a drop off in participation), are the FB groups still effective? I suppose time will tell on that. Thanks again, Janice, and always lovely connecting with you!

    • Janice Wald | at 3:54 pm

      Hi Terri,
      Thank you for your detailed comments. I was concerned you wouldn’t return to blogging after a hiatus. I am so glad you did.
      As far as Facebook, I heard that there was a #DeleteFacebook momentum. I don’t see how bloggers can blog without promoting on social media.
      My opinion is that there are dangers to everything. I don’t avoid crossing the street due to the slim chance I’ll be run over. I don’t give out my personal info online when I can avoid it. I did not download that Cambridge Psychology app.
      While it may be true that people are turned off to Facebook as a result of the data breach, (my own daughter deleted her account), I don’t know that bloggers have dropped off. If they have, they’ll be back. Necessity dictates it. In the meantime, Facebook is still my #1 referrer of social media traffic.
      Thanks for your compliment on my productivity.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 3:57 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      It was my pleasure to put together a list of the writing communities. Thanks for writing to tell me about your interest. I enjoy them and I’m sure you would too.
      Janice

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    • Janice Wald | at 11:07 am

      Hi Ann,
      It was my pleasure to give our group a shout out. You and the community have done so much for me, I wanted everyone to know about the possibilities waiting at MyBlogU.
      Thank you for coming by and thanking me.
      Janice

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