Guest Author - Violette DeSantis
A good blog community is akin to the right coffee shop to meet and chat with good friends. Since blogging is a social activity, especially for women bloggers, a common online meeting place is desirable to network.
If you blog to connect with others here are a few blog communities to share content, links or conversations with other women bloggers online. Many have tools to create your own groups, a great way to build your own community and brand your business or blog.
Publishing and Social Networks
BlogHer is a feature-rich publishing network. You can create a detailed profile, submit your blogs to the BlogHer blog directory, create groups and publish content in a number of categories. BlogHer also holds a number of women blog conferences every year. In addition, BlogHer is the place to practice NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which is now hosted at Ning.
Type-A Parent is an online hub for digital moms and dads (previously a group of individual sites including Type-A Mom, Foodie Mama and more). Bloggers can publish content in 20 topics across five channels (Technology, Parenting, Lifestyle, Food and Business) and earn money with the site’s revenue share program. Type-A Parent holds an annual conference as well.
LinkedIn is a professional network with many groups relevant to bloggers, including groups relevant to niche topics, how to blog and social media. LinkedIn is highly recommended to grow your network and your knowledge.
FamilyZip shares family-friendly tips “in a zip!” and allows bloggers to share tips, save their favorite tips of others (zips), keep a journal and a gallery (Shutterfly, Kodak, YouTube etc.). They also share Google AdSense revenue.
Gather is a friendly social network for publishing content, managing groups and networking. You can earn Gather Points that can be exchanged for gift cards, goods or PayPal cash. They have a growing audience and active groups that have been around for a while.
BellaOnline’s forums reach a wide audience, welcoming women and men from all over the world. In addition to a myriad of topics covered, this site hosts a Blogs and Social Networking forum for bloggers to discuss relevant topics in blogging and social media.
WAHM is the Work at Home Mom’s site with a great forum for women entrepreneurs. In addition to company rep forums perfect for the mom blogger who runs her own sales business, there are also specific professional telecommute forums including a freelancing and blogging forum and general forums related to WAHM Life.
CWAHM is the Christian Work at Home Mom’s site with many resources for women entrepreneurs as well, including podcasts and a marketplace.
Christian Creative Writers includes a forum for Christian writers to share their blogs.
Absolute Write is a writer’s forum with areas for all types of writing. In addition to non-fiction and many genre specific forums, it includes forums for bloggers and web content writers.
For additional sites to share your blogthusiasm, visit the Diva Marketing Blog’s article 31 Social Media Networking Communities For Women. Although a bit out of date a number of these resources are still available online.