My Blog Story Part 7

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“Together…” that was my blogging mantra for 2010.   I really wanted to build relationships with people in my blogging niche and do what I could to help each other learn, grow, and stretch.

In June of 2010 {I think} it was Alison from How Does She? formed a little email group.   In this group we would help each other spread the word about our projects whether through blog mentions, tweets, Facebook, or stumble upon.   Then we decided we wanted to go a little deeper so we set up a weekly conference call.   It was so awesome just hearing tips and tricks about what works and doesn’t work for someone else.   Each week we would talk about a different topic and share the knowledge that we had about it.

This was a turning point for my blog. These ladies challenged me to be better, think bigger, reach out more, and think more strategically. Many times as a creative blogger you are so focused on getting the projects done and posted that you forget to do the really important proactive things like figuring out how to monetize, how to grow your blog, how to engage your readers, how to build community around your brand, etc.

So in the end Crafterminds was formed with Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, Jen from Tatertots & Jello, Heather from Dollar Store Crafts and myself. Alison had to take a step back to focus on some awesome business opportunities that came her way.   I have no idea what will become of this little group but this is my tribe. The beauty of this group is we are all soooooo different and have different gifts.

Jen is the sweetest one of the group by a long shot.   She is the best at building community and sharing the spotlight with other talented women.   Everyone who meets Jen immediately feels an affinity for her and people are drawn to her.

Heather is our think tank and big dreamer.   She has so many brilliant ideas, she is definitely the brains of the group.   She has a plethora of knowledge about plugins, programs and designs.   She blew me away with her brilliance during a consulting session we did with a company.

Amy has many connections within the industry and helps us understand where crafting companies are coming from.   She also is a great writer and well respected in her field.   She keeps our dreams a little grounded too. 😉The 32 ouncer.

And then there is me. I am like the Little Engine that Could. I might be the smallest little train but I will work my butt off and you can count on me.   I think I bring enthusiasm and energy to the group.

All in all, we are a phenomenal team.   I love these girls! Aligning myself with these ladies has done more for the growth of my blog than anything else.   If you are struggling with blogging discouragement I would encourage you to find your tribe.   It might take a while to find a great fit but keep reaching out until you do.   It is worth it.

Also realize your story is not mine.   It might never be in the cards for you to make an income off blogging.   It might be a place of release for you or just a place to chronicle your life journey. Please don’t minimize that.   That is extremely important.

So where do I see IC or just plain ole Beckie Farrant in 1, 3, 5 years?   That is a good question…stay tuned.

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