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Blogging Groups Are Like A Double-Edged Sword

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I used to be a member of a few blogging groups on Facebook in the past.

In the beginning, it was fun.

In the end, I felt as though I had wasted my time with a lot of those blogging groups on Facebook.

So, without further ado, I am going to tell you what my experience of being in Facebook blogging groups was like.

It All Started With An Invitation To Join A Blogging Group On Facebook

Many years ago (the days when I blogged over on Blogger), I received an invitation from a female blogger to join her Facebook blogging group (Back then, I used to visit her blog, read her blog posts and comment on them).

At first, I ignored her offer to join her Facebook blogging group (At the time, I believed that I was not good enough to be in her Facebook blogging group).

Approximately, one week after, she repeated her offer and I accepted it.

The Facebook Blogging Group Was Very Active In The Beginning

Her Facebook blogging group had over a hundred people — enthusiastic bloggers who were most eager to interact with each other.

One of the rules of her blogging group was that a blogger needed to check out the link to any blog post on her Facebook blogging group page, read the blog post, comment on it and share it via three of their social media accounts (Members of the Facebook blogging group were encouraged to share the visited links via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).

Most of the members of the Facebook blogging group followed the rules; thus resulting in those links being shared on their social media accounts (The incoming views to the links of those blogs were somewhat huge).

The Activity Within Her Facebook Blogging Group Started To Dwindle

After one year, the people within the Facebook blogging group started to interact with each other less; people were not posting as many links to their blogs as before; which resulted in the members of the Facebook blogging group not sharing as many of those links to their social media accounts.

A few months after, the administrator of the Facebook blogging group (the woman who invited me to join) abandoned her Facebook blogging group.

Guess what happened?

If you said, “The Facebook blogging group eventually died,” you are absolutely correct.

The Other Facebook Blogging Groups Were A Waste Of Time

I was also a member of four other Facebook blogging groups, but unfortunately, they did not have much going for them (The interaction was dismal; you were considered lucky if one person visited the link to your blog and shared it via their social media accounts).

Trying to get noticed in those blogging groups and getting the links to your blog shared by others were akin to flogging a dead horse.

It should not come as a surprise when I say to you, “Those Facebook blogging groups also died!”

The Bottom Line

Not all Facebook blogging groups are equal.

Successful Facebook blogging groups die a slow death while unsuccessful Facebook blogging groups die almost as quickly as a flame on a matchstick.

People started using Facebook less often while others were deleting their Facebook accounts (I am one of those people who ended up deleting their Facebook account).

Do I regret deleting my Facebook account?

No, I have no regrets about ever doing so.

Besides, Facebook ended up changing their algorithm (As a result, bloggers and businesses had to pay Facebook money in order to get the eyes of others focused on their blogs and products).

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69 thoughts on “Blogging Groups Are Like A Double-Edged Sword

  1. I would have quit, too. I used to link my posts to my FB profile, but stopped a few weeks ago, unviting my FB friends to follow my blog direct. Three of 200 FB friends came on board. I’m not sure this is related to what you’re saying, but I feel relaxed about having divorced FB from my blog.

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  2. I don’t blame you for feeling like it was a waste. I bet a lot if not most of the “engagement” was very low quality. People probably just left quick meaningless comments so they could get attention for themselves.

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  3. Interesting read.. I know that with other Facebook groups, like writing or poetry groups, that they either die over a period of time, have the same people sharing their content in a number of different groups that you’re apart of, or have spam like posts shared.

    I was thinking of joining a blogging Facebook group or two to try and increase my views, but after reading your blog post, it looks like it might be very much the same as the other groups that I’m in..

    What advice would you give to bloggers who want to gain the benefits of a Facebook blogging groups (more views, more followers, etc.) without actually joining a Facebook group?

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    1. 🙂 Shannon, luckily for us, we have the WordPress Reader at our disposal. One of the nice things about is that other people can see the links to our blog posts and we can see the links to theirs. In my opinion, we have a much wider reach on WordPress than on Facebook.

      The creators of WordPress knew exactly what they were doing when they created the WordPress Reader; the treatment it gets is almost akin to the positive effects of social media.

      I recommend publishing high-quality content, tagging posts correctly and interacting regularly with like-minded bloggers.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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    2. If I can comment here from personal experience, of all the crazy places to get new readers/followers, I found Pinterest to be a positive experience. I regularly post my content to my Pinterest page even though I’m not very good at pinning a lot. I have about 1000 followers on Pin, not huge, but it has a reach.

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  4. “a blogger needed to check out the link to any blog post on her Facebook blogging group page, read the blog post, comment on it and share it via three of their social media accounts”

    Oh sheet! Are we grown up, reasonable bloggers or are we immature children? I hate those stupid social games.

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    1. People, blogging, like all halfways creative endeavours, is a lonely activity. It’s only you, your thoughts, your computer and a whole world wide web of information. If you wanna play social games you better join a soccer club.

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      1. And anyway, joining Facebook? Really? Are you guys serious? That thing was a bad idea from the first second on.

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  5. I rejoined fb when I changed jobs to link with new colleagues but i rarely log in. It’s handy to sell items on. I found getting people to click outside fb is almost impossible. I stopped running groups several years ago.

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  6. I don’t use facebook.
    No idea about blogging group.
    Is this similar to WhatsApp groups?
    From your post I guess I am lucky.
    My friends tell me that they are aware of more fighting during the discussions.
    What way blogging group is different from regular discussion?
    Thank you Renard.

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    1. 🙂 No, it is nothing like WhatsApp groups.

      Facebook groups are more polite (There is no fighting in the discussions).

      Facebook groups were created to boost the reach of bloggers by reading and sharing each other’s links.

      Stay far away from Facebook, my friend.

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  7. Farcebook, huh? There’s your trouble. The competition for “likes” and followers on social media is part of what ruins a lot of blogs, in my opinion.

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  8. I never joined FB. I have other social media sites that keep me busy. My hubby likes FB to keep up with his family and the business forums he is involved in. I belong to a few LinkedIn business groups but I don’t have time to be involved and quite frankly, joining groups, especially blogging groups is not my cup of tea.

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  9. Hi Renard, I don’t do any more groups or personal FB. I still maintain a page but don’t boost anymore as I’m not a fan of what Mark Zuckerberg has done to our country. Twitter has been my best source for the blog and I’m so glad Elon Musk just purchased it. Time will tell. I also like Gab a lot, I’m in groups there and it’s active. Interesting blog post Renard!!

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  10. Same here, Renard. I joined a few Facebook blogging groups and found most of them unfriendly places. All most of the participants wanted was for everyone to read their posts, press the ‘like’ button and leave a comment on their posts. When it came to returning the favour, not many participated. It was all very one-sided, with most of the comments being nothing but what I call ‘lazy’ comments – ‘great post’ ‘thanks for sharing’ and “I enjoyed this’ – the types of comments that don’t prove they read your post. The types of comments you see on Facebook posts.

    I deleted my Facebook account way back in 2017. I’ve never looked back since then.

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    1. 🙂 Yes, a lot of people in Facebook groups can be selfish. It is as though they do not understand the concept of reciprocating.

      I am not fond of ‘Lazy’ comments either.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Hugh.

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  11. Hey Renard, did you find an alternative to Facebook to build a blogger community? I am new to it and would like to meet others to see how we can help eachother out.

    I appreciate the insight about the failures of Facebook.

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    1. 😑 Sorry, Jessy. I never found an alternative to Facebook; especially one that helps a person to build a blogger community.

      On a positive note, you have access to the WordPress Reader and it can be utilized to find blogs as well as bloggers with similar interests.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been blogging for almost a year. I tried this approach to get more attention for my blog via Facebook and Instagram to no success. Today I enjoy blogging and I have a decent amount of viewers to my blog, but I am trying to increase. Of course I cannot control the algorithms, but any advice to help me gain more followers and viewers?

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  13. I was on a blogging group on IG a while few years ago and it eventually fizzled out too. I think that’s what happens to most groups since people generally move on from it and stop being active. Great post!

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  14. Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing it. Unlike most of the other commenters, I am on FB quite a bit, keeping up with folks, etc. and for business purposes. That bring said, it definitely has its issues.☺️

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  15. I draw a few visitors from Facebook to my site, it’s not much but it doesn’t take any effort for me to invest time in Facebook itself. But I have never been part of a Facebook blogging group. Facebook hasn’t been the same since in the beginning. It’s sad but true.

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  16. I am one of the people who delete facebook account and other social media accounts. Now I only have twitter and whatsapp to communicate. Talking about blog groups. I have exactly the same experience as what you are experiencing. Warm at the beginning and very cold at the end. In the end I quit and left the blog group. Except for cooperation and things that can increase income.

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  17. I am apparently new to blogging and I haven’t join any blogging group yet. Your article inspires me to not focus on statistics because you showed us your will to interact with other bloggers despite your affiliation with the group. There should be rules and there should be activeness. What matters the most is the consistency where we keep writing our blogs. Even though blogging groups dies afterwards, atleast we can keep our own blog site alive so genuine readers can visit for the time being.

    Thank you 😍

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