I feel that since a couple of years, Facebook groups have taken over what the oldskool forums and chatboxes did in the past decade: connecting people with a similar hobby, job, interest and passion and founding a community of like-minded people that help each other grow.
As a travel blogger / freelancer working from home, I spend a LOT of time behind the computer on my own and besides the yearly networking events and blogging conferences, there isn’t much opportunity to get together with creative and entrepreneurial people from all over the world in the same room. That’s why I love Facebook groups.
Facebook groups come in all shapes and sizes, can range from broad topics to being really quite niche, each with their own rules, daily subjects and ways you can participate. I’ve noticed lately that while I’ve limited the amount of groups I hang around in, there are few that I regularly check into -and that most of them are run by some pretty inspiring kick-ass business women. So I’d love to share them with you today!
Not all groups might be suited for you, but if the topic interests you, I would recommend asking permission to join, reading the community guidelines before you post anything and start reading some incredible stories and questions by your fellow group members. I’m sure there is lots to get out of them for you, whether you’re active in asking questions, answering them or just enjoy all the tips and advice and provide value in another way.
Here are they (in no particular order):
1. #HPLWorld by Brooke Schoenman
(other admins: Caroline Eubanks and Ali Garland)
#HPLWorld is an awesome community of travel-loving women who want a fun place to connect, talk about travel gear, compare packing lists, get travel inspiration, and so much more! #HPLWorld is proudly brought to you by the women of Her Packing List (herpackinglist.com), a site that is focused on helping you to pack smarter and travel more confidently.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/hplworld
2. THE DAY OF GOOD NEWS by Yvonne Zagermann
“Our mindset defines what we believe is possible and impossible”. This is a a group to share and receive positive energy. To talk about good news and think about how we can use positive energy to actually do something to become the best possible version of ourselves. And to use this to do something and maybe change the world. Step by step.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/241049742986713
3. Girls vs Globe by Sabina Trojanova
(other admins/moderators: Asia Adams, Anna Karsten, Laura Sullivan, Anne-Sophie Piris, Ciara Gunn, Maria Camila Concha, Elizabeth Margolis and Mary Lou Liebau)
Girls vs Globe is a group is for amazing & adventurous women from around the world. This is a place where we can all connect, talk about our struggles and achievements – travel-related and otherwise! This group has three weekly sharing threads: where are you today (wed), blog post share (fri) and collaborations (sun)
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/GirlsvsGlobe
4. DNW – Making Money From Blogging by Sharon Gourlay
(other admins: Nathan Hughes, Sarah-Jane Begonja and Bethaney Davies)
The Digital Nomad Wannabe (DNW) community is all about making more money from blogging. It’s a place to ask questions, share wins, get advice, give advice and help support each other to ensure your blog can live up to its earning potential. This is an intermediate – advanced blogging group with regular multiple-day challenges you can participate in.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/MakingMoneyFromBlogging
5. Female Digital Nomads by Milou van Roon
(other moderators: Tess Mangiardi, Csilla Stella, Thalassa van Beek, Lily Mercer-Paiva, Kerry Mullin, Samantha Elisabeth and Bruktayt Mogessie)
This group was started with the goal to unite, inspire and inform us digital babes that are wandering the globe. Do you have any questions about setting up an online business? How to run your travel blog? About where to travel next? This is the place to come and ask them. Making friends as a digital nomad can be hard. Most people don’t ~really~ understand what you do, and what issues you run into, and if they do, they are probably on the other side of the world! So grab a drink, and come hang out here!
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/1607248466232418
6. Travel Press Trips by Erin Holmes-Bender
This is an advanced level blogging group of trusted, qualified and experienced travel bloggers (must have already been working with brands). To join you must pass an application process, that you can get by PMing Erin. In the group you’ll find and can add information on press trips, FAM trips, contest press trips and the like.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/travelblogpresstrips
7. Travel Video Group by Cailin O’Neil
(other admin: Alicia Taggio)
A place for creators of travel videos and people thinking about getting into to video to come together and connect, discuss, share and more. You can share your videos for feedback on Fridays.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/travelvideogroup
8. Travel Bloggers Social Media Sharing Group by Adrian Ann
(other admins: Emily Luxton, Shobha George, Gemma Armit and Naomi Schläger)
Travel Bloggers Social Media Group is about encouraging quality interaction between bloggers and our readers. By engaging in social media sharing, we are growing each other’s influence and helping bring the world of travel to each and every person around the globe. There is a specific day for sharing content from a particular social media platform.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/tbsocialmediasharegroup
9. Instagram Travel Thursday by Katja Presnal
(other admins: Leigh Hines Sight and Satu Vänskä-Westgarth)
Our mission to unite travelers, travel bloggers and other travel industry professionals and destinations on Instagram. We welcome anyone to post travel photos with #IGTravelThursday hashtag and to answer travel questions and give travel inspiration for others. In addition we host a weekly #IGTravelThursday blog post roundup, also known as “linky”. Bloggers can link up a new Instagram Travel post each week to a weekly link collection widget.
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/igtravel
10. Mappin Monday by … myself :)
Mappin Monday is my Pinterest Travel Community. Our mission is to unite travellers, travel bloggers and other travel industry professionals on Pinterest, creating the biggest resource of quality travel content with personal travel tips and recommendations. We have a group board on Pinterest, do weekly sharing threads, monthly statistic comparisons and you can ask all your Pinterest questions!! Hope to see you here soon!
Check it out: www.facebook.com/groups/mappinmonday
Which Facebook Groups are you part of that you love? Please feel free to share a link in the comments!