Welcome! So glad you decided to check out my Facebook Groups. It is a bit difficult to find people to network with virtually until you discover Facebook Groups.
I first learned about them when I was welcomed into one through a book I purchased on blogging. If you are new to blogging I recommend it highly in my Fresh Start Resource Page.
Since then I have written about Facebook Groups in FaceBook Groups DeMystified.
To join one of my FB Group Pages you can simply click the link and ask to join. There are more details about them below. There is also information on my Link Parties!
I wanted to join a Link Party and not get lost in the mass of page after page of links. So I started my own FB Group Page called The Party Bloggers. I had not even published my first post I don’t think when I started this group.
My goal was to Create Link Parties with other new bloggers. None of us had, at the time of the first Link Party, ever hosted a party before. There was a lot of learning going on and truly I learn something nearly daily about blogging in general.
At this time we are up to 3 Parties.
Favorite 5 was our very first Link Party.
This is a Monthly Party that is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
It can be about any 5 things.
We have gardening tips, recipes, farmhouse finds, ways to change your mood, truly anything you can imagine and our bloggers definitely have an imagination.
Our Hosts are Christy Jones Harper, Lisa Bryan Taylor and me, Debbie Stolle.
Our second Link Party was Celebrate the Season!
We encourage our party goers to use the season whether sharing a recipe, suggested reading, decor, diy or whatever.
Our Hosts are Melonie Gaudlip, Marjan Beck and me, Debbie Stolle.
This party can be about anything at all.
Our Hosts are Susanne Leggett Stewart, Pam List and me, Debbie Stolle.
It was recommended by Inlinkz that we have a list of rules. So I created one and we tweaked it a bit.
THE PARTY BLOGGERS ETIQUETTE
1. SHOUT IT from the rooftops “Come to the PARTY!”
Once a blogger links their post to our party they should tweet, pin, or FB their post letting people know they visited the party. They should have gotten a link up for it.
2. MINGLE!….Visit and Leave a comment on at least the 2 links before you and the 2 links after.
This helps everyone get some extra traffic. You don’t have to subscribe and you can certainly look for more to visit. I always do. I have made some new relationships through visiting someone who linked into the party because I commented and subscribed.
3. Follow the LEADER on Social Media
Look at it as bringing a hostess gift to a party, the host prepared and planned and you get to come in and get exposure. It cost you nothing to follow and once it’s done, it’s done!
4. SAY YES to the address!
We will collect their email to send them a reminder of the next party. (haven’t added that yet, coming soon!)
5. Put up the sign THE PARTY IS HERE!
There will be a button to grab from the host(s)’ site that party goers should grab and put somewhere on their site. What I have seen just today is that bloggers who party hardy have a page set up with their parties organized by days of the week or monthly and the badges or banners or buttons whatever you want to call them are all right there. I like it because who needs to add anything more to the sides or bottoms of their blogs?
6. STICK to the THEME
Write a great post sticking to the theme using an amazing photo and people will flock to your site. This is not the place to plug a store or sell. An affiliate link that makes sense for the post will be acceptable.
7. You passed Go! Collect the OPTIONAL BONUS!
There will be a group board for each PARTY THEME and participants are invited to join in the collaboration! WE’RE TAKING THIS PARTY ON THE ROAD
We also had a Home Tours Planning center which I merged this Spring into The Party Bloggers. We planned and launched in about 6 weeks a Festive Fall Home Tour that showcased 11 Homes. Since then we have done a Chili Cook Off, Christmas Tour, St. Pats Link up and a Spring Tour.
Blogging School was me wanting to make my learning about blogging more purposeful. I was chatting on a group page about what subject I should tackle first and someone asked if they could be my study partner and another and another until we had about 7 and cut it off. We truly wanted a small study group. Unfortunately, people have other commitments and things come up and they slack off of participating in things. When the group is small you need everyone coming to be apart of it or you are simply talking to yourself. So I regularly open this up to new people so we can keep content coming in and making the page work for those who are truly interested in being a part of it.
This page is simple a place to share and be accountable if you like…that has not happened yet. I typically check in on a Monday and ask what people’s learning goals are that week and to report on what they learned or worked on the previous week.
People add webinars, posts, etc of what they are buying, reading, using etc. It is a place for questions as well.
It is not a School where you get taught, it is a self study support group where you share what you are learning and ask for help, questions, etc.
This page is a simple promote and share page. Most FB Group pages do not allow for self promotion and I thought where are people supposed to be able to do this? So I opened this up as a place for bloggers to share posts, tours, link parties, blog hops, webinars, etsy shops, e-books, truly anything at all.
Again, this is a new page so we have very few members at the moment, but I am hoping one day to see 300 or more on it sharing and enjoying the networking from each other.
I hope you found one or more Groups that interest you and would love to have you join them all. The people in our groups I cannot say enough about. You will find encouragement and support and lots of laughs when we do some of our big projects like the Home Tours. Hope to see you soon.