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.
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!
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:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- The tips are shared in Twitter chats so members get exposure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you want to be an influencer, you need to hang out with influencers. You will find them at My Blog U.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
I’m sure you can find many more by typing in your niche + groups in the Facebook search bar.
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.
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.
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.
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Disclaimer: This post was made possible by the support of the Custom Writings company.