If you’re like the majority of bloggers, you probably started on a whim. There was a topic you found interesting, or you wanted to connect with others who share similar interests, and starting a blog seemed like an ideal (and easy) way to do it. But over time you may have noticed that it’s not quite as carefree a pursuit as you originally assumed.
And if you’ve decided to monetize, you’re likely facing even more stumbling blocks and setbacks. So how do you get the information you need to go ahead with your blog, as well as the support to keep plugging away? By joining forums and clubs in your blogging niche you can not only meet others who share your particular area of interest, you can also learn from their experience and get the leg-up you need to take your blog to the next level (or just keep your interest level up).
Forums and clubs are useful for a number of reasons, and regardless of your niche, you’re likely to find several that suit you. The most important aspect of these groups is that they provide an arena for the sharing of information and ideas. You probably have a host of issues to deal with as a new blogger, and a lot of questions as to how to handle them. How do you come up with new topics to keep your blog fresh? What should you do when you lose your motivation to continue? How can you boost your readership? Is there a guide to help you monetize your blog? What’s the easiest way to increase your web presence? Is SEO right for you?
Although all of this is new to you, plenty of other people have ironed out the kinks, developed a system, and learned what to avoid. Their advice can be invaluable to you as you progress. In addition, you may be able to provide help of the same nature to others down the road. Once you become an established member of this online community and have a little experience under your belt, you can pass it on to others who are in the same boat. Of course, forums and clubs also provide an outlet for venting that could allow you to blow off some steam rather than blowing up your blog.
In addition, forums and clubs are a great way to network. Business opportunities and possible collaborations are to be expected when people with shared interests, new ideas, and a passion for their project meet up and start to converse. You are likely to find a few people that are on the same page as you and hopefully you can play complimentary roles in setting up a new enterprise that is mutually beneficial.
Whether you’re just looking for a way to muddle through with your personal blog or you have every intention of monetizing as quickly as possible, you’re going to need some help to get through. Forums and blogs are full of people who can offer you advice, give you a place to vent, and even provide opportunities to advance. So you’d be wise to seek out at least one that is within the purview of your blogging niche if you want to receive the support that will keep you going and help you to grow.