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Writing/Blogging/College Tip: Join a Group

Last week I decided to join a small group that meets every week. To say that I was nervous is an understatement. While I can be brave online, social anxiety can kick in when I really want something to go well or when I want to appear in my best light. Despite my anxiety, it was totally worth it! So, how does my experience relate back to writing/blogging/college/life in general? This post is all about the power of community.

Today’s Advice: Join a group.

Are you a writer? Are you struggling to get your words out on a page and once they are there, are you struggling to edit, revise, publish?

Are you a blogger? Are you nearly “non-existent” in the blogging sphere? Are you new?

Are you a first-time mom? Are you unsure of every action you take on behalf of your child?

Are you a student? Are you a Freshmen, learning how to let go of being a child and learning what it really means to be an adult?

Are you a Christian isolated in a society that belittles your faith?

No matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing, you can always benefit from surrounding yourself with people who are like you, where you are, and doing what you are doing.

If you are a writer, join a writing group! This can be in person at some local rec center, this can be online, this can be a group of friends that you establish. Somewhere, somehow, find yourself a group of people who you are willing to share your work with. Find yourself a group of people who will encourage you to stick to your goals.

If you are a blogger, engage with others. You cannot simply post and expect the audience to come to you. You have to get out there, mix and mingle with other bloggers and start building a community of your own. Key word here: Reciprocation.

If you are a new-mom, there are so many groups out there built and designed specifically for you! Yes, it might seem weird at first and yes, they may seem dumb and silly at times, but if it helps, isn’t it worth it?

If you are a student, especially if you are a Freshmen, you need to start building relationships. These relationships don’t even have to go that deep. Make friends with the people you sit next to in class, or the people who are within your major, or even your professors. Everyone around you becomes a resource in one way or another.

If you are a Christian, join a small group. I was scared, I was worried about being judged. And yes, you have to find the right group (filled with people who actually care), but once you find the right group, the support and encouragement is real!

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

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14 thoughts on “Writing/Blogging/College Tip: Join a Group”

  1. This is such good advice! Sometimes it seems like you can get things done on your own, but it’s amazing what you can do when you surround yourself with positive and supportive people! My goal for NaNo is to try and find a write-in in my city and attend! Great post. 😊

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  2. As an introvert, joining a small groups is a huge challenge. I’m fine with groups of 2-3 in size, but get over that amount of people and I can find myself just sitting there feeling out of place. I’ve found it easier to go if I prepare myself, having a goal to participate in the discussion early in the meeting. If I start out proactively, I have a much better experience. Thanks for this critical reminder that we do need each other, even if it takes time and effort!

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    1. Being an introvert or an extrovert both provide pros and cons. It seems like you have great ideas though on how to make experiences the best they can be for you. Ultimately, while there is generic advice (like joining a group) we are all going to interpret this advice as individuals based on what works for us.

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