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Part 2 // What Was The Biggest Lesson You Learned in 2014?

I'm back today because we had SO much incredible feedback from some of my favourite bloggers, candidly sharing their top lessons learned in 2014, that I had to break it into two posts.

So without further adieu, I'm sharing some top advice and lessons that hopefully you can learn from and use to put your vision for 2015 into place...I would also encourage you to share your own lessons below!

"The importance of building a tribe. It’s not about just showing up and consistently posting, it’s about replying to comments, being useful and connecting + building relationships with your readers, personally." -Emma Kate Creative 

"This year I really want to remember that things always take longer than you think. I've just completed my 6th book this year and I always forget how much there is to do for the launch. I pulled an all-nighter in the lead up and I don't want to do that again the next time...I'll start earlier!"  - Christina Butcher, Hair Romance  

"Done is better than perfect. Nobody sees the heartache that goes into a post, caption, image, idea or story - if you're too afraid to push publish. And by learnt, I mean, learning!"  Bec Jerdan, The Art of Social 

"One of the biggest lessons we've learnt this year through our blog is to plan but go with the flow. Be flexible. Often we get so caught up in our schedules and planning posts ahead of time that we can forget to be intuitive and speak from the heart. Whilst planning ahead is crucial in operating a successful blog, we've found that some of our best posts are the spontaneous ones that come from a sudden and real desire to share something raw in the moment. The ones we didn't plan. This is where true honesty lies. If that means pushing back planned posts or a bit of a shift in our weekly structure, we've got to be flexible and adapt to that. It's all about creating that balance." - Hunting Louise 

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#blogtribe // Grow Your Blog Community

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Excited to be announcing some big news this morning and launching a new project to help fellow creatives foster and expand their own blog communities!

So I've had this idea floating around in my head for ages and I’ve decided to follow my heart and see where it leads. The creativity and passion we all have for blogging is so much bigger than ourselves and collectively I believe we can do great things. I think by simply supporting, encouraging and connecting with one another we can watch our individual communities grow and flourish.

Welcome to #blogtribe.

After countless conversations with bloggers from around the world (and many of you!) there is one continual theme that always keeps coming back to me and that is a true desire for genuine connection. One that crosses time zones and breaks down barriers. It’s with that in mind that I’ve decided to launch #blogtribe, a weekly collaborative celebration via social media of our creative blogging community.

The concept is simple – each week on #blogtribe Tuesday I’m encouraging you to upload and tag an image of a blogger you admire – someone local, around the world, a friend, a stranger – there are no limits, only except that this person has inspired or moved you in some way.  My hope is that this simple act of sharing will open up a whole new world of bloggers to follow, to connect and collaborate with and to add to your own individual blog tribes. I can’t think of a better way to bridge the gap between global blogging communities than by creating a fun and visual way to support one another using the very social media tools we all love and enjoy.

So I encourage you to get involved and take part in our #blogtribe launch today  – you can use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter- the choice is yours.  Instructions are below....happy connecting!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN #BLOGTRIBE

  1. Each week, take part in #blogtribe Tuesday by uploading on either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (or all three!) an image of a blogger or blog that inspires you, that you want to support or that you feel deserves a bit of attention. Go on, make a blogger's day!
  2. Always use the hashtag #blogtribe and tag @blogsociety so your images can be shared in our weekly wrap-up as well as shared with bloggers around the world.
  3. This celebration is all about having fun, if you miss a day, don’t worry simply post when inspiration strikes!
  4. Check back often and follow the #blogtribe hashtag feed each week to seek, discover and connect with new blogs and bloggers.

Know a blogger that might like to get involved? Make sure to spread the word about #blogtribe.

Original image by Jonathan Wherrett