Are You Ready?
We are kicking off a new weekly London Bloggers Meet Up AKA #Blogclub that is built on feedback from attendees from 2017.
This version is still warm and friendly, but comes with an extra helping of action to get your blog moving!
Have you read too many blogs about blogging, know a lot about blogging but never seem to get around to blogging?
Even if you are blogging you know you could do better “if only you had the time” and when you do find the time you don’t know what to do first.
Welcome to the place where you can pop in every week and do just that.
It’s Not Just Blogging
As we spoke with people who attended the weekly sessions in 2017, we discovered the one thing that people most wanted was for their website to ‘be something’ or ‘go somewhere’.
There are a lot of people in London Bloggers Meet Up with a website that is a ‘side project’ that they’d like to do more with – think Etsy warrior or launching a digital product.
There is another group of self-employed people who identify as a freelancer, chef, translator, coach, personal trainer, consultant and having strong content on their website would make them a respected authority in their field.
Finding the time ‘seems’ to be the problem for all of us, but is it?
We’ve been running a writing club here in Euston @Work Hubs for a few years now, people come every week and report they get more done in two hours than anywhere else they spend time.
For a core group of bloggers, journalists and academics and filmmakers the weekly Write Club has become THE time they devote to content creation every week.
Change Or Die! Better Together
A 2005 Fast Company magazine article told the story of how a group of cancer survivors who met on a regular basis were able to support each other and change their behavior for the better.
Those who did not attend the groups went back to their old habits and, cancer came back.
This story is in the 12 Week Year Book and is used to reinforce the unquestionable value of meeting with a group of peers to share knowledge and receive encouragement.
Or said another way, asking ten other people who are your peers what the best security plugin for your type of WordPress blog is often more reassuring than surfing the web and falling victim to optimised sales pages.
Each Blog Club runs like this:
10:00 Start – please be ready with your coffee, laptop open and everything else.
We’ll open by saying hello and what we are going to write this week.
10:15 ‘Writing Bit’ – Your Time To Write Each Week
We’ll work with on our content for an hour in silence.
This is your hour each week when you’ll be able making the ‘ugly first draft’ or polish off something to hit publish.
11:15 Stop to share about how our writing went.
11:20 ‘Techie Bit’ – Understand Your Website Better
We have found one of the biggest blocks people have with their website something small and technical, for example:
– How to embed an email sign up form
– What is the best plugin for…..
– What is CSS, HTML, SEO, title tag, landing page, footer widget
Each week we’ll do a peer to peer session to work on the part of your website.
This is the best time to ask for suggestions and direction on your content and website from your peers.
We’ll also keep a list of topics that people need help with and find experts within the group to run the session on this.
(For example, everyone wants to know how to use Yoast for SEO!)
Food & Drink
Here @Work Hubs there is tea, Nespresso coffee, ice cold filtered water you can help yourself to.
Or pop upstairs to The Garage Cafe for porridge, soup or wraps and fantastic coffee!
(If you take your own cup any coffee is £1)
Our other Art Club Meet Up has
What is Blog Club?
We have also welcomed people like Leo Babauta and Mitch Joel for Q&A sessions.
In early 2017 a group of us started to meet once a week to talk about our blogs, the blocks to moving forward and where we want to take our blogs and websites.
The session ran two hours, where we followed Darren Rowse’s 31 Days To A Better Blog book – you can follow that here by starting at episode one of the ProBlogger podcast.
At the end of the two hours, we chat informally about how our writing went and ask for feedback.
Using Darren’s book gave us ‘the in’ we were looking for by following a process and helped us start the conversation about we want to do with our websites.
This latest version of the weekly London Bloggers Meet Up has grown out of a core group of people who came in 2017 and others who we know that are looking for something to get their blog moving in 2018.
Post your work and connect with other people’s work here on the London Bloggers Meet Up Medium Group.