Melissa's Vegan Grocery Groups

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  • Thanked by name or pseudonym of choice at Melissa's Vegan Groups Page
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  • Thanked by name or pseudonym of choice at Melissa's Vegan Groups Page
  • Membership in a private Facebook group where you’d have priority access to me for answering questions about my groups, about veganism, help transitioning to veganism, help starting your own FB groups, FB advice and troubleshooting--that kind of thing. 
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  • Thanked by name or pseudonym of choice at Melissa's Vegan Groups Page
  • Membership in private FB Group for Patreons Only  
  • Featured Member Post on parent FB page and group of choice

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About Melissa's Vegan Grocery Groups

How much time does it take to run Melissa’s Vegan Grocery Groups?

From the moment I wake to the moment I go to bed, and sometimes when I wake up at night. Not all day, but it is throughout the day for countless hours, and it’s every day, too! It’s a labor of love. I do it because there was a niche to fill, and I was passionate about filling it. But over the years, adding more groups as the need becomes apparent, it’s become more and more labor-intensive.

Running a FB group seems really easy--why should you get paid for it?

Facebook actually doesn’t make it very easy to admin multiple groups. For example, there’s no central dashboard where I can see what groups might need attention.

Unless you copy and paste or screenshot things like answers to joining questions, deleted posts or comments, etc, keeping them in an accessible location for all the admins, there is no way to refer back to them.

It’s also really public, and when people don’t like stuff, mods and admins run the risk of being stalked or reported unfairly to FB, resulting in loss of privileges or even personal accounts and group closures.

If it looks like it’s easy to you, it’s because you’re only seeing what’s posted on your timeline or here in the group. You’re not seeing the work that happens to make sure you have a positive experience and don’t see a lot of crap.

What’s involved in running these groups?

  • In the groups themselves
    • Training moderators
    • Participation in a private group for admins to stay current on trends and issues in the groups
    • Monitoring every group frequently for:
      • Approving new posts
        • Are they on topic?
        • Do they contain non-vegan items or products not available at that group’s associated store?
        • (and suggesting feedback for posts that aren’t quite ready for prime time)
      • Being aware of everything happening in the group: knowing what’s been posted, which products and topics are inclined to need extra attention so as not to turn into problems, and sometimes reading every single comment on a thread
      • Addressing shitty comments that need responses or removal
      • Are people asking for ingredients or nutritional information? Go find it and post it in response
      • Answering private messages from members
      • Approving new members
        • Are they answering the questions in a way that gives us confidence they have a genuine interest in the group?
        • Do they have profiles that suggest they could be a bot, troll, or spammer?
      • Removing members

  • Outside the groups
    • Monitoring websites, blogs, FB pages, FB groups, newspapers, and other sources for mentions of stores and products, and then posting about them
    • Involvement in Power Admin group to learn about new features in development for groups
    • When shopping, looking not just for things for my household, but also for new or interesting items the groups would benefit from

What groups do you run, again?

All of the following groups fall under the umbrella of my Facebook page Melissa's Vegan Groups Page:

Vegan Coupons | Discounts | Sales | Rebates | Deals
www.facebook.com/groups/MelissasVeganCouponsDiscountsSalesRebates/
Vegan Trader Joe's, our most popular group:
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganTraderJoes/
and its sister group
Trader Joe's Vegan Recipes [recipes and recipe requests only]
www.facebook.com/groups/TraderJoesVeganRecipes/
Vegan Costco
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganCostco/
Vegan Grocery Outlet
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganGroceryOutlet/
Vegan Sprouts Farmer's Market
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganSprouts/
Vegan Target
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganTarget/
Vegan Vitamix Recipes, Links, and Info [and Blendtec, too]
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganVitamixAndBlendtecRecipes/
Vegan Walmart
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWalmart/
Vegan Wegmans
www.facebook.com/groups/veganwegmans/
Vegan Whole Foods Market
www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWFM/
Tucson Vegan Meals and Deals
www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonVeganMealsAndDeals/ [must prove a Tucson connection to join]

What would I get for my patronage?

Beyond the satisfaction of helping these groups to succeed and grow, probably not a lot:
  • Recognition: being thanked by name in Melissa’s Vegan Groups Page
  • Membership in a private Facebook group where you’d have priority access to me for answering questions about my groups, about veganism, help transitioning to veganism, help starting your own FB groups, FB advice and troubleshooting--that kind of thing.
  • At higher levels of patronage, and if you’re local to Seattle or willing to pay for travel, help you navigate your grocery stores, finding vegan foods, reading labels, and setting up a vegan kitchen.
  • A featured member post on the parent page and in the group(s) of your choice, talking about you, your projects, your favorite vegan non-profits/websites/etc., your favorite vegan products, with links to your (vegan) blogs, websites, etsy stores, etc.

What if I don’t want to give?

Nothing will change about how the groups are run. You will still have access to everything here, and how we treat people and approve posts will not change whether you give or not. We hold everyone to the same high standards and rules regardless of their ability or interest in helping with financial support. The only visible changes to the group we anticipate is that there will be lists of donors posted and certain patrons at certain tiers will be able to have a highlighted post in the group, in which they can discuss their vegan journey, link to vegan sites they like or run, and may include promotional links.

Things I’d like to do that I don’t currently have time for

  • Other groups
    • Kroger + related stores
    • Safeway + related stores
    • Aldi
    • Dollar stores
  • A dynamic, comprehensive Trader Joe’s vegan and accidentally vegan searchable, sortable spreadsheet
  • Writing documentation and training other admins to handle groups for stores that aren’t in my city
  • Making sure all groups have similar rules, descriptions, standards, so my brand is the same across all groups

Are there other ways I can help?

  • Amazon Wish List
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Grocery Store Gift Card (Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Grocery Outlet, Sprouts, etc)
  • One-time gift via Pay Pal
  • If you have experience with being a mod or admin we might have a spot for you on our team, even if you’re only interested in helping out in one group, or doing certain kinds of tasks

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