We’ve all heard the old adage, “It take a village to raise a child,” if you ask me the same can be applied to blogging. However, in that case it would be, “It take a community to build a blogger.”
When I began Mad Hatter Mom almost 3 years ago, I remember joining every community related to mommy blogging that I could find. There was one commonality that I kept running into, each community was SO large that I felt completely lost in the pond. I mean, I realized that I was indeed a very small fish in the pond of blogging but I was looking for help, support, and even encouragement. Most of the communities had so many voices trying to be heard it was easy for mine to be drowned out.
I wanted to get started doing reviews so I joined Amy (@MomSpark)at Mom Made That. She offered a list of mom made product that you could review from her site. Less than a year later I received an email from her saying that she was creating Mom Spark Media. MSM was going to be a community that not only featured brand campaigns but a place to meet and learn from others.
Instantly, I felt like part of a family. Perhaps it was because I had been working with Amy and Haley for a a while, but I honestly think it was because of all the fabulous people that joined as well. At just over 300 members MSM is a family of bloggers of various experience levels that support each other. Have a giveaway and need an extra push? List your link in the appropriate group and just like that you have 5, 7, or more people tweeting your link and/or entering your contest. Have a question about blogging, contracts, or something else burning in your brain? Ask it on the forum. You’ll get tons of helpful feedback.
By far though the thing I love the most about Mom Spark Media is the classes that are taught by knowledgeable in their fields. From SEO to Media Kits to moving your site to WordPress there are courses to learn from. Plus, there is a new course added almost every month.
There are so many communities that you could join that give you access to blogging opportunities but there aren’t many that focus more on helping you reach your blogging potential.
It truly takes a community to build a bloggers brand and Mom Spark Media is a fabulous community to help you do just that.
*Disclosure: Mom Spark Media is a paid subscription resource. You can either subscribe for $5 a month or $40 a year. Mom Spark Media sponsored me to BlogHer in San Diego, that by no means altered my opinion of the community or the benefits I have gained from being a member.*