Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BEA: Expanding Blogging Horizons

When I think about expanding blogging horizons, I think of anything that goes beyond the blogging atmosphere. Vlogging and podcasting are new and fun ways to add an element to your repertoire, and it something I would love to try and do one day. But I think expanding blogging horizons goes beyond that even. I think it means to actually reach out and connect personally with other bloggers, and even better connect in real life (inrl).

Just last month I participated in a conference called inRL 2014 where hundreds of women met and connected to talk real life. It was amaze-balls. Yes. I said that. That's how good it was. To me, that is a fantastic example of expanding past regular blogging horizons. If some amazingly talented book blogger wanted to organize a video conference, 1. Credit me ;), 2. Sign me up! So many of us turn to blogging to connect with like-minded individuals and a video conference would be the epitome of it all!

On a much smaller scale, however, I would love to start or join a mastermind group. What is a mastermind group?? Kat Lee from HowTheyBlog.com defines it as such:
Mastermind groups often look like a small group of bloggers who have intentionally banded together to invest in one another, share their skills, provide feedback, and promote one another. Mastermind groups are especially great for smaller bloggers or bloggers just getting started – the group will provide just the feedback you need.
(Listen to her podcast on the topic as well!) A mastermind group gets together via Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook, etc to encourage one another, promote one another, and bounce ideas off each other.

This would be so fantastic I think. It is like a smaller scale conference that is so much more personal. To be able to connect and create that 'tribe' is what I think the heart of blogging really is! I haven't tried a master mind group yet, but hey! If you find it as interesting as I do, go ahead and leave me a comment or email! We all have to start somewhere ;)

Can't wait to see how everyone else is expanding their blogging horizons!! Have a fantastic Wednesday ArmchairBEA!!

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9 comments:

  1. I've thought about a book blogging tribe as well. I think there could definitely be more of those! I would love to be a part!

    --Brenda @DailyMayo

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  2. I participated in a tribe type thing a couple of months ago. The most important thing is to get with people who you gel with. I already knew most of the people in my tribe, which was nice, but i would have liked to meet more new people.

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  3. AH@badassbookreviewsMay 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    That is an interesting idea. I can see these mastermind groups as a way to share best practices and to learn from each other.

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  4. The master mind group sounds interesting, can see where it would be beneficial for all involved

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  5. I think it would be nice to do it with a smaller group as well. But you are right, you need to gel because you need to be able to be honest with each other!

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  6. And it would be a great way to foster tighter communities!

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  7. Mastermind groups are great for helping each other come up with new and creative ideas. It is always beneficial to get helpful feedback!

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  8. I think everyone should be in one! Me included! Lol

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  9. I would love to start skyping with my blog partner, but haven't proposed it yet, we chat a ton on Google Chat. I love the idea of mastermind groups!

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