What’s Next for Windy City Bloggers
- February 17, 2016
The Windy City Blogger Collective is growing and it is an exciting time to be a member. There are the traditional ways to get involved [Friday Five Posts, Instagram Hacks, Happy Hours, Exclusive Events, Meet the Member Profiles, #WCBCChats] and we are adding new ones all the time. The newest member perk is our Members Only Site – members.windycitybloggers.com.
We commissioned a site that would allow members to connect with each other. We will have a member directory added so you can search for your Blogger BFFs and make new ones easily. The groups are discussion forums designed to help us all learn from each other.
One of the most inspiring aspects of the WCBC Community is the willingness to share. At Blog Your Best 2016 on February 6th at the Dana Hotel we heard from Chicago’s top influencers and they were incredibly generous with their advice. Many stuck around to answer one-on-one questions and contributed to the #WCBCChat on Twitter the following Monday.
This sense of collaboration has inspired an upcoming 3 week series called Winning @. We are going to focus for a whole week on Facebook (2/22) then Instagram (2/29) and finally Pinterest (3/7). There will be well researched articles on the best practices for using each platform as well as tutorials and tips. We want our members and the community at large to get involved! Click here to email us your questions, tips and resources for any or all of the platforms and we’ll incorporate them into the week!
The community of WCBC is what makes us unique. As our group grows and expands we are confident the sense of community will stay the same – if not grow stronger.
Day-to-day WCBC focuses on creating content, planning social events, organizing educational workshops and conferences and reaching out to brands to secure paying gigs for our members. In 2015 WCBC secured over $9,000 in paying content gigs for our members and we’re on track to at least double that for 2016.
Membership is an investment. But between free tickets to festivals and events, discounts on tickets to others and the opportunity for paid work through WCBC chances are you’ll make that investment back and then some. The brands, pr firms and event coordinators we work with want you!
Whether you blog full-time or just when you can find a spare hour, WCBC is here to support you and help you do what you do better.