Happy February! The month of love is upon us and it’s time to share my February 2016 Blogging Goals and 8 Facebook Groups to grow your blog. I puffy heart love these groups I belong to and thought I’d share them with you too.
First, let’s talk about how January went. I had some pretty lofty goals but I completed all of the mini-challenges done for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, got a great start on my new blog design with Daniela Uslan’s Blog Makeover class and took the SITS Girls Skyrocket Your PageViews class so I was pretty happy. This is the style guide for my new blog design, I think I’m going with Oregano for the subheading. What do you think of the colors and fonts? What subheading font do you like? These events gave me such good info, I have a lot of ideas to execute in February!
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February 2016 Blogging Goals
Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty, here are my February 2016 Blogging Goals. Bullet journal style, some of these goals have been migrated from January if they did not get done.
- Start a Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge & Events Newsletter. Since this is a join whenever you want challenge, I need to get the newsletter in shape to welcome new members and keep current readers informed of our monthly events. With 5 hosts now, there will be an event every month.
- Publish my blog mission statement.
- Create another freebie for email subscribers like my Free 2016 blog planner.
- Read the Epic Brand Identity Workbook.
- Complete SEO to-dos from Skyrocket Blog Pageviews with Google Analytics* class based on the book.
- Start working on new blog design. I purchased Tweak Me theme version 2* and I can customize my design for EXACTLY what I want. I just need to take the plunge and start.
- Finish inspiration board for new blog design.
- Read Blog Design for Dummies*.
- Fix affiliate links.
- Cleanup categories and tags.
- Write a planning post.
- Write a Travel the World in Books Reading challenge post.
- Write a Recipe post.
- Write a Blogging Resource post. I decided to incorporate a blogging tip into my goals post. 2 birds…1 stone….small victory!
- Write a Rheumatoid Arthritis post.
- Write a Book List post.
- Write a Book Review post.
- Invite more guest bloggers for Be Our Guest Fridays series. If you’re interested in guest blogging for me, leave me a comment!
- Update 3 images on old posts and repin.
- Cross post 5 book reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N.
- Clean up email. I made great progress in January but still have 3k messages in my inbox that need to be sorted or deleted.
Well that’s what my February looks like here on the blog. I also want to share with you a blogging tip. Tammy from My Life Abundant always shares a blog income report and blogging tip with her goals and I thought it was a great idea. It helps make sure I share with you what I know or have learned about blogging. After all, my favorite thing about blogging is supporting the blogging community and people who love to share creative ideas with the rest of us.
Top 8 Facebook Groups to Grow Your Blog
I’m a Facebook group junkie. There I said it. I love finding people and bloggers with similar passions. These 8 Facebook groups have helped me in the past year with growing and beautifying my blog so I’m showing them my love and appreciation this month by sharing them with you. Stop by and check them out!
1. Bloggers Get Social
Bloggers Get Social is a free group dedicated to growing your blogging network and boost your social media. Krystal puts up daily threads where members leave their links for blog post comments and social media links so other members can like, comment, RT, repin and stumble the posts. The daily Facebook really helps my blog Facebook page with engagement since very few people who like my page are actually served the post.
Bloggers Get Social also hosts podcasts, periscope challenges, Instagram challenges and weekly Twitter chats using the hashtag #BloggersGetSocial. Find out more about the Facebook group and other details on Bloggers Get Social main site.#BloggersGetSocial is a must have Facebook group to boost your blog @BloggersGetSocial Click To Tweet
2. Blogging On Your Own Terms
Blogging on Your Own Terms is another free group dedicated to finding your voice and connecting with the audience you want. Daniela encourages members to not follow a cookie cutter pattern or just follow what another successful blogger might have done. She really helps members find their own way, on their own terms and make our blogs what we dream they will be. In the group, Daniela has daily threads to share social media and blog posts and also poses and encourages questions so we can all learn from one another.
Daniela also hosts challenges like the 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge, offers free webinars and has a paid subscription service called Have Your Cupcake. Find out more about Daniela and all she offers on her website.Blogging on Your Own Terms is essential for achieving your dream blog @DanielaUslan Click To Tweet
3. Pinning Perfect
Pinning Perfect Students is for people who have taken the Pinning Perfect e-course* offered by Blog Clarity. I took this class a year ago and since implementing their tips, it’s taken Pinterest to my #1 traffic referral source. In this group, members can ask questions and course instructors Melissa and Anna and other members chime in with answers and tips to help one another grow their Pinterest audience and improve their Pinterest strategy. It’s also helpful in finding Pin70 groups to help promote your pins.Pinning Perfect will help take Pinterest for your blog to the next level @MelACulbertson Click To Tweet
4. Blog Beautiful
Blog Beautiful is hosted by the talented Marianne of Design Your Own Beautiful Blog. I was so thrilled to find Marianne’s group. I cannot afford a custom blog design yet and actually love designing my own blog with Tweak Me theme*. As hard as I try, I’m not a designer so I turn to this group where Marianne offers design tips and help for those of us DIY blog designers.
There are daily threads to share our goals for the week and tips and tricks we learned. We can also ask design questions and share helpful articles with each other. Marianne always has constructive advice on how to improve our designs. I’m often pinning the articles she shares to my Blogging Tips and Design Inspiration board so I can come back to it when I’m ready to tackle a certain area. Find out more about Marianne and how to build a beautiful blog on her site.Blog Beautiful FB group is awesome for bloggers looking to design their own blogs. @marianney Click To Tweet
5. Learn to Blog Hangouts
Learn to Blog is hosted by Crystal and Kelly who also authored the Skyrocket Blog Pageviews with Google Analytics* and free 3 day class of the same name. The class was really helpful and gave me several easy to implement ideas. I’m new to their Facebook group but I’m sure it will be very helpful.
Crystal and Kelli have tons of videos on their website to help bloggers with SEO, blog design and time management. As a forum where you can ask questions, the Facebook group allows you to ask questions, they have social media and post sharing days and Crystal and Kelli are very helpful. There is also a paid version of the group called the VIP Forum. Find their blogging videos and useful advice at Learn to Blog Hangouts.#LearntoBlog has great videos on SEO, design, time mgmt & FB group @LTBHangouts Click To Tweet
6. NC Blogger Network
NC Blogger Network is a great resource for bloggers in North Carolina. There is an annual fee to join the network but they have a Facebook group where members are provided special opportunities, discounts, campaigns, podcasts, social events and webinars.
The NC Blogger Network Facebook group encourages us to support one another’s blogs and we can ask questions at any time. It’s where I scored a deal for my new hosting* and where I learned how to create a freebie to offer my subscribers (and my # of subscribers increased 500%). Members also can take advantage of members-only Pinterest boards, be featured on their site and submit articles for guest posting. This is money well spent in my opinion, find out more about NC Blogger Network here and tell them I sent you if you join!#NCBN is the place to be for NC Bloggers. I ♥ Members only FB group! @NCblognet Click To Tweet
7. Book Bloggers Do it Better Discussion Group
Book Bloggers Do it Better is a fun group of book bloggers. Blog self promotion is only once a week but this community is great for networking with other book bloggers and discussing issues regarding our niche. I love the moderators Becca, my co-host for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, and Tamara who also moderates all the great Twitter chats for SheReads. I love the camaraderie of the book blogging community and this is a great group to join for book lovers.
8. Book Lovers Boost Group
The Book Lovers Boost Group is the free group I started to help book lovers promote and share their posts. My goal is to have daily threads where we can share posts on social media and our blogs that we want others to RT, like, comment on, or repin. I started inviting people who blog about books, you do not have to only blog about books to join. I’ll be getting this ramped up, so please join us!8 Facebook groups you need to grow your blog and Feb goals. Rock Your Blog! Click To Tweet
If you have a goals post you want to share, link it up with us and get some great ideas from these other bloggers too!
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What Facebook groups do you love? What are your February goals? Share with us!