Cut to 2016, when I first heard about AtoZ challenge.. I was so intrigued by the concept but I had missed the bus as the joining date was past. So I just silently observed the blogs and read as many as I could. Thats the year I found out about a blogging community called Blogchatter. As I hopped on board, loads of other bloggers started to interact with me and boy it felt good to come home.
I learnt about #MyFriendAlexa campaign to “help” SEO of the blog, “importance” of self hosting and other such stuff which was alien to my blogging ears so far. Impressed and feeling out of depth, I did try to match the pace. I ended up moving out from free WordPress onto a self-hosted version for my blog. The hosting company was selling a very cheap deal and was being recommended by several of my fellow bloggers.
«I will talk about Alexa in another blog post»
Initially things were great and I was loving the commune with fellow bloggers, learning about SEO tricks and participating in blog challenges. I ended up winning a few and even wrote some great gushing posts about it. You can catch one right here.
But all was not wonderful and found out within 3-4 months of joining this community that there was something seriously amiss here. Too much pandering, sucking up and pulling down went all around in the group. Bloggers picked on each other, ganged up to bully some and worst of all pretended to be “friends” when in reality they were just gauging their competition.
Moreover there was a huge commercial angle involved here for the BC management. I fear because of it, BC indulged in a lot of politics and brain washing of the bloggers about numbers and statistics. Each to their own, and this was just not for me.
I found this particular blogging community immature and high-handed and soon there were loads of peeps exiting it in a huff. I too ended up leaving it by end of December that year. And by mid next year, I was practically at blows with the hosting company too. Apparently their loyalties lay elsewhere and so………………………………..
When I was blogging with BC, I realised I had made my writing very limited and was following the “diktats” of the number game very seriously. But that was hampering my writing style – of course at that time I didn’t follow my instinct at all and got caught in the mindless brouhaha. I am grateful to the Universe for leading me to BC, for its here that I learnt how nasty and mean bloggers can be. Also, made some very good blogging friends here even as I met some fiends 😉
Early 2017 I came upon Write Tribe – a blogging community run by Corinne. While BC was more on Twitter, Write Tribe was a Facebook one. Then I stumbled upon BAR – Blog a Rhythm which is run by an amazingly wonderful group of bloggers – again a Facebook group.
These two blogging communities have been the saviours to my blogging and I can’t express enough gratitude to them. Both these communities believe in helping out other bloggers to sort out blogging issues, writers block, SEO, social media management and what not. There is no commercial angle and the key thing is to write and write well.
Most surprising thing about both these communities was that lots of the BC peeps were here too but were so well-behaved and toned down. Over time I realised how tight a ship the administrators run here for anyone to even dream of any mischief. Thank heavens for that!!
These two communities run a Facebook thread for sharing of one’s recent blog posts, run blog hops, promote content, writing workshops, etc for bloggers to grow from. There is no talk about numbers unless someone seeks guidance on it. But not a single person here talks about plugging numbers to manipulate the algorithm.
In addition, Shailaja runs an amazing group of social media and blogging tips which has been a boon to me and many others. I wish this group had been there when I was starting my self hosted journey. Oh well better late than never.
I would heartily recommend joining these two blogging communities and profiting from their selfless approach to help fellow bloggers. I give immense gratitude to them both for my blogging growth ♥
Are you part of a blogging community? Share your experiences with me please.