When I moved to the Twin Cities I knew just enough people to stay busy in my comfort zone. Having moved to South Florida when I was 25 and staying for 7.5 years, I forgot what it’s like to be in a new place. However, I moved in with a good friend from high school and got settled into my new life. I was busy with work, my blog, exploring my new home, visiting family and finding a house of my own.
As things settled down, I wanted more. To meet new people. To be a part of this community I was making my home. As an introvert communicator, I naturally take to social media. I had started to build a group of others in the Twin Cities who enjoy social media, many with blogs as well. I started following more bloggers, learning about events and the Twin Cities blogging scene. It reminded me of the South Florida social media and tech community, something I enjoyed being on the outskirts of and was a thriving place to be with other like-minded enthusiasts.
As I went to one event, I learned of others. I would follow a few bloggers and hear about the groups they are involved in, resources they know, other bloggers they follow. Twin Cities bloggers pride themselves on being part of a shared community, and it shows through networking events, conferences and resources. This fall, I feel like I’m starting to grow my tribe of others in the community who blog and use social media for brand management.
Blogging is a hobby for me. For some, its their livelihood. It’s great to hang out with like-minded people (mostly ladies) with eclectic interests showcased on a blog, share war stories or bounce ideas while having a drink and exchanging business cards. To have a blog, even as a hobby, is time consuming. It’s not just throwing a few hundred words online. It’s planning, taking photos, formatting and marketing for each post. It’s connecting with readers, sharing expertise. I do it because I love writing my passions and connecting to others with the same interests of a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle. Sharing and communicating information is my hobby and my career. I really enjoy all aspects of blogging and love finding my tribe of ladies that feel the same for everyone to succeed and thrive. Being part of the community helps me stay creative, energized and motivated.
Because we are a tribe, I share some of my favorite resources below. Please share yours in the comments; I would love to check them out!
Blogger Resources and Communities
Minnesota Blogger Conference: One-day conference in St. Paul, it has speaker presentations online
WordCamp: Worldwide conferences focusing on WordPress, the platform this blog is on. I haven’t been to one but hope to go to the next one near me.
Twin Cities Blogger Collective: Hosts events and opportunities for bloggers in the Twin Cities to have resources and network with one another
Minnesota Blogger Bash: Bloggers connect with one another and brands at events every few months
Midwest Bloggers: I don’t know much, but said to be a place for bloggers throughout the Midwest to learn and connect