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.

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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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  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    Just wanted to thank you Beckie for this whole series!

  • Funky Junk Interiors

    I've been following this series with great interest, Beckie! I love seeing how others tick and what their own personal dreams are and how they achieve them.

    I like your tribe analogy, but I also think it's important to break THROUGH that tribe mentality and highlight and help those around us at the same time. ie: While my blog may be bigger than some, that doesn't make me better. What makes me improve is helping others along their own way.

    And you're doing that with this series. Thanks!

    • http://www.thebackyardbungalow.com Jean

      Donna, I think this is what I love about you and your blog. No matter how many opportunities come your way, you never, ever come across as “better than”. Your feature of my guest bedroom reveal was super helpful to my blog and I’m ever grateful! Rock on!

  • Alicia

    Beautifully written. Thank you again for sharing your story.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    What I appreciate about you and Jen (the bloggers in your tribe that I "know") is that while you may be in a "tribe," you are willing to share ideas with other bloggers. I've lost count of how many times one of you (or another blogger) has shared the spotlight with me, even by just mentioning a post of mine or one of my parties or Giveaways. It sends great traffic to my blog, and it makes me want to return the favor! I am so appreciative of "bigger" bloggers who take the time to help others. Just need to find my own tribe….good advice. :)

  • Mel Tales

    I have stumbled upon your blog a few times and I found myself here again today. I finally clicked on 'follow' so I wouldn't lose you again! ha!

    I just read your series of your blog story! THANK YOU for sharing your story! You are a new fav of mine :o)

    I look forward to reading more!!! xoxo!

  • Christine

    Thanks again Beckie! Your tribe is pretty cool ;)!

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid

    I hope I can be so lucky one day as to form a tribe as strong as yours! Y'all are such a talented group of women we call all learn so much from! Thanks again for telling us all of this, Beckie.

  • Judy

    I've been following this series religiously. I am learning so much from your experiences. I can't wait to hear more.

  • Patty Ann

    Yep, you all are amazing!! love what you have done.

  • Katie

    This story has been so inspiring to brand new bloggers like me. It helps me not feel so overwhelmed. Thanks!

  • Sara @ Mom Endeavors

    I LOVE this series!! :) I just got so excited when I saw a new installment posted! Thank you so much for sharing your story and thank you so much for what crafterminds does! You all have been wonderful during chats and I have gained so much from following!! :)

  • House Revivals

    Thank you, Beckie, for sharing your story! It's really helpful to see where other bloggers are coming from, and how they got there. I also appreciate that you pointed out that we all have a different story.

    Looking forward to the next installment!
    ~Amanda

  • Bargain Princess

    Hi Beckie! Shaunna highlited you and I just loved everything she had to say, what a great friend to have. She shared you w/ us! Thanks for sharing your talent w/ us. =D

    I'm now your newest follower and would love to have you follow me.

    http://www.bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Hi Beckie, This is my first visit. Love this series and look forward to getting know you better! Following along!

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Hi Beckie, This is my first visit. Love this series and look forward to getting know you better! Following along!

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Hi Beckie, This is my first visit. Love this series and look forward to getting know you better! Following along!

  • Heather – Dollarstorecrafts.com

    Thanks for the shout-out. :) You are a great friend!

  • Heather – Dollarstorecrafts.com

    Thanks for the shout-out. :) You are a great friend!

  • Heather – Dollarstorecrafts.com

    Thanks for the shout-out. :) You are a great friend!

  • Bette

    I'm realling enjoying reading this series. I love your blog and I can feel your energy all the way in Canada. :)

  • Jill

    I love reading your story. As much as we all as bloggers like to try to come off as perfect and having those magazine type houses & families, we like to read each others struggles. It's very comforting to know your heros are human too. :) I'm also feeling your energy up here in Canada!

  • Nicole

    I'm visiting from the CSI link. I had to see who was behind my favorite site! I've been reading since the beginning…
    I just read all your blogging story posts. It is inspiring and a reality check!
    I'm following now because I really really like you!

  • Green Door Girl

    Thanks so much for the series, I keep saving the feed so that I have time to actually read it – I am actually sharing it with another fellow blogger friend – great inspiration!

  • Something Nice and Pretty

    I'm your newest follower and so enjoyed your series on blogging. I love to blog and maybe by joining you I'll find out how to take the next step to make my blog grow more!

    Rondell

  • Tiffany @ Another Pie In The Sky

    Thank you for sharing this series! As a new blogger, seeing everything you went through (ups and downs) to get where you are today is very inspiring. Thank you, again, for putting yourself out there for people in bloggyland to read.

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  • http://www.thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    A year later I’m just finding this series…Love it. I’ve heard a blog alliance is key, I like the tribe analogy…I appreciate all of the insights. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  • http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com Courtney

    Hi Beckie~ I am a fellow Lowes blogger and I popped over for a visit and yes, you are right, I got sucked in to reading your blog story! I have to tell you- so much of what I have read so far is really hitting home in a lot of ways. Thank you so much for sharing this! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hey fellow Lowe’s blogger! Thanks for reading!