When I first began blogging, my mind was in a bit of a fog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I filled every article with my thoughts and an intention to help whoever came across my little space on the internet, while simultaneously feeling like nobody was reading my words. I felt like I was talking to a wall. For almost a year.
When I had a question about how to do something, I consulted my BFF… Google. I didn’t know anybody that was a blogger; I had no one to talk to. I felt like I was on an island, blogging away, making no progress.
I had moments of ‘what am I even doing?’ or ‘why am I spending so much time doing something, when nobody is reading this?’ Although I had numerical proof that people were reading my stuff (not many, but it was there), again thanks to my BFF Google [Analytics], the fact that I had no engagement or conversation made me feel like I was in total solitude.
In May of 2015, I took to Instagram to find bloggers to follow, and eventually connected with Georgie of In It for the Long Run. She followed me, so I, of course, scoped out her feed, as one does. I followed back, and a few back-and-forth comments later, we became insta-friends. See what I did there?
At the time, I had just quit my miserable sales job (you know, that awful job you take just out of college because you need money), and was seeking a new opportunity in something more down my alley. I was looking for a job in social media. Knowing that Georgie did just that for her day job, I sent her an e-mail asking what she studied, how she got her job, etc. I was thrilled not only because she was patient enough to answer my annoying questions, but she’d invited me to a blog Facebook group that she started, called ‘Bloggers Gonna Blog’. It had just about 4 or 5 people in it, but it was a concept I’d been subconsciously longing for.
Fast forward a few months into finding that little community, I’d noticed the organic growth that was occurring in BGB. It had become a family, a tribe, a sisterhood. Georgie and I had become closer friends, blog BFFs if you will (sorry Google), and a light bulb went off in my head. “This is more than it is,” I told myself. Then I realized I was talking to myself, and reached out to Georgie.
I sent her a Facebook message asking her if she’d ever imagined BGB being more than what it was. Expanding it to a resource for bloggers, an online community where the BGB family could live and discuss and learn and grow together.
She literally had the same idea, and had been planning to ask me if I wanted to partner with her on the concept. Same brain? Possibly.
This was in September 2015. And here we are today, February 22, 2016, launching our vision.
The BGBcomumnity has…
Connected me with inspiring, intelligent, dedicated, go-getter women.
Everyday I am amazed at the group of ladies that inhabit BGB. We have published authors, we have bloggers that been featured in the likes of BuzzFeed, Redbook, Greatist, The TODAY Show, and more, we have ladies who are moms, bloggers and work full-time jobs all at once, we have bad-ass fitness instructors who travel their nation just to give the gift of their instructing abilities. If simply being surrounded by these people doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what would.
Brought me friendship.
Snowballing off of the connections I have made, these connections have turned into friendships. On a daily basis I am chatting with my girlfriends of BGB. And to answer my father’s question “What do bloggers talk about when they get together?” – they talk about everything. I consider these ladies my shoulders to lean on when I need them, and I do the same for them.
Taught me about business, blogging, photography, and more.
In addition to being a tight-knit tribe, we are learning from each other on a daily basis. Bouncing ideas off of each other, asking questions, learning from each other’s experiences. It is safe to say that I would not have made the progress I’ve made in the last year if it weren’t for this community.
Made me realize that people > numbers.
In the beginning stages of blogging, I had a microscope on my Google Analytics. All I thought was important were the numbers. How many people were reading my blog. How many pages they were looking at. How long were they on my blog. Of course, I still have my eye on my analytics for growth purposes, but the relationships I have formed greatly outweigh the numbers. Forming a tribe around your mission and your purpose is far more important than quantifiable data, and this is something I have learned through our community.
So, about the vision.
Well, today marks the launch of an extension of our family.
Over the last six months, Georgie and I have been scheming and dreaming to create a space for bloggers to connect, learn, teach and grow together. We truly believe in the strength of a community, a tribe, and believe that the key to growth is empowerment, not competition. We’re all in this together, why not rise each other up?
We’ve worked our bootays off over the last six months preparing for this endeavor, and we enjoy every second of it.
Without further ado, I present to you, bgbcommunity.com.