If you blog, look into mastermind groups. They will help you in ways both big and small. Find the right one for you today!
My number one tip for growing my business is participating in mastermind groups.
When I first started blogging I had some women approach me that I didn’t know. They e-mailed me and said they had just started blogging and they saw me in a link up and asked if I would be interested in joining a mastermind group with them.
I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. They explained that they wanted to form a group of like-minded women who wanted to blog and turn our blogs into a business.
We would be able to support each other and learn the ropes of blogging as a business together. I prayed about it and said yes. Then the three of us, in turn, invited some more women into the group.
What is a Mastermind group?
A mastermind group is a group of like-minded individuals that help each other grow together.
The others in the group might know things I don’t know. And I might know something they don’t know. So when we put our minds together, we become this master mind.
We can really help each other grow quicker together than when we are by ourselves. So that’s the idea behind a mastermind.
It is so hard, as an extrovert, to be by myself. Sometimes the blogging world is lonely and I imagine for introverts it can be the same. The beauty of a mastermind is that you don’t have to feel like you’re alone.
You can meet online on Facebook. I don’t recommend an e-mail stream, but it’s an option if you don’t like Facebook. Or, you can do a Google Hangout and see each other on video. If you have local friends who happen to blog, you could also meet locally. Voxer is another great way.
All of my mastermind groups have been virtual mastermind groups.
How to find a mastermind group
Start one yourself.
If you don’t have a mastermind group, I encourage you seek out some bloggers that you think you are like-minded with. Maybe you have the same beliefs or blog in the same niche. Maybe their writing style makes you think you will mesh well together.
Approach them. Send an email and say, “This is who I am. I am forming a mastermind group. Would you be interested in praying or thinking about joining our group?”
You are going to feel like you are really putting yourself out there. The worst they could do is say no or not e-mail you back. It’s totally online, so it is not a face-to-face rejection.
You won’t really know your personalities until you get within a group. Sometimes you might need to leave a group.
If you join a blogging networking group like Inspired Bloggers or Positively Real Media, you might find some bloggers that are in your same season of blogging and your same niche. You can ask in the group if anyone would be interested in forming a mastermind group with you. That might even be less confrontational than directly emailing someone.
Seek out others that have a similar-sized platform to you.
For example, when I first started blogging, and even now almost 6 years later, I’m not going to e-mail someone like Crystal from Money Saving Mom and say, “Hi I’m a brand new blogger. Will you be in my mastermind group and teach me everything you know about blogging?”
She has been blogging for 11 years. She would be more like a mentor or coach and not on the same level for a mastermind group.
You are going to want someone who you can have a lot of give and take with. You can learn from them and they can learn from you too. If you are a brand new blogger, you are going to have all kinds of questions that seasoned bloggers may not have the time to answer.
Seasoned bloggers are going to have questions that you will have no clue about. So you want to try to get someone who is in the same season of blogging as you are.
You are also going to want to limit how many mastermind groups you are in. I recommend mastermind groups be 15 people or smaller. Currently, I am in three different mastermind groups and all three serve a different purpose.
I have been in one group for about 4 years now. It is more of a friendship group. We started because we were in more of the green, natural living niche. My blog is more like a lifestyle blog with a healthy living slant.
We all had that in common. We are all moms. Most of us are moms of young kids and we are all blogging. They invited me in. So that is how that group started.
Some of us are more hobby bloggers and some are more professional bloggers, so that group has morphed into more of a friendship group. We meet on Facebook. We don’t have scheduled meeting times. We just sporadically go into the Facebook group and ask questions and chat.
Another group I am in is more of a hard-core business group. It is mostly women who are blogging and earning a full-time income. A lot of them have husbands that work at home with them, but I don’t. My husband works 4 days a week outside the home.
We have a bi-weekly meeting on Google Hangouts. We also sporadically go into the group to ask questions and chat. Every other week we have a topic and someone presents. It’s not a high pressure thing.
You can make mastermind groups whatever you want them to be. One week I presented on Facebook. Another week someone presented on Pinterest. Some people will present on workshops or conferences they attended and talk about what they learned.
Then on the off weeks someone is on the hot seat talking about a struggle or a challenge that they are facing in their business. We all help that person troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas. We mastermind!
I am also in a third group that is a blogging family mastermind. Last year my husband and I and our 3 girls went for a week to Tennessee and we met up with 6 other blogging families. We were invited to the blogging family mastermind week. And those 7 families are now in a Facebook group and even the men can ask questions.
Every single month my husband Will is taking on more of a leadership role with The Humbled Homemaker. He is able to ask questions because some of the men have been blogging along side their wives for longer.
When you have the chance to meet with your mastermind group in person, I highly recommend it.
I have some really good blogging friends and we got together last year. It wasn’t an official mastermind meeting or anything. Together, we prayed. We hung out. All of us got manicures and pedicures together. Because we are all bloggers and we have that in common we naturally talked about our businesses some while we were on that trip.
It helped our relationship to be stronger because we are friends, but we are friends online most of the time. So I really encourage you to really be able to see each other in person when you can.
If you’re in a mastermind group, what are some of your favorite things about it?