Not long after attending Online BlogCon, I noticed that there were a few bloggers that always shared each others stuff on FB. You would see blogger “A” post a new recipe and quickly after you would see blogger “B” and “C” re-posting it to their feed as well. This caught my attention very quickly, and I started to wish I could find this kind of partnership/ friendship, or what some bloggers called tribes.
One night I got brave and asked in the Online BlogCon Facebook group if anyone would like to be part of a small group with me, the goal... to simply support each other. I wasn't sure if anyone would answer, but within 30 minutes 10 people had replied and I had my tribe. At that time I still had no idea how important these people would become in my life. It turned out to be so much more than just sharing a few things on Facebook. These ladies are so important to me in my blogging career, but also as friends.Reasons you need a tribe:
It is going to happen -- there are going to be days when you are not sure why in the world you are a blogger. It will be that rude comment, a low stat day or just an all around overwhelmed feeling that will make you want to throw in the towel. You need a group that will remind you that it isn't all bad and help you remember why you started.
Unless you are super lucky, most times family members and friends don’t understand blogging. So, these will also be the people who “get it” when you have big exciting news. People who are genuinely excited for you and will celebrate your success.
A perfect example of the support you will get in a small group is found in writing this very article. So, when you are nervous about writing an important guest post, they will listen to your ideas, proofread your work, and be there the very day it is published to leave comments and cheer you on.
Work on Projects Together: Sometimes starting a new project is a little scary, whether it's your first link party, a giveaway or a series you are wanting to try out. It's definitely comforting to know that you don’t have to search very far to find people who are going to want to join in on your venture.
Expands your reach: Chances are you don’t have all the same followers, so when they share something with their following it’s expanding your reach. It also gives you more credibility because you were recommended by someone they are already familiar with.
You can learn from each other: As soon as any of us read or find something new, we quickly get online to tell everyone about it in the group. This could be something we have had success with, learning information or new about the ever-changing FTC regulation. I have to say that I've learned something new from every member of our tribe. Each person has a unique talent, and has helped encourage the others in that area.Where to find your tribe:
Blog Conferences: You already know this is where I found my core group. Whether an online or an in-person conference, it is a great place to connect with other bloggers. Although I will have to admit it takes more nerve and confidence to make this happen in person. Having attended both kind of conferences though, I know this is one of the best ways to find some blogging buddies.
Link Parties: Themed link party or a blog hops are always a great way to meet people and start up a conversation that could turn into a great friendship. You aren't going to get that by leaving a comment saying “stopping by from ____ link party,” so leave genuine comments.
Facebook Groups: Blogging or special interest groups are great ways to meet people. I have made lots of new friends that were in my blogging “niche” from joining a quilt along group.
Leaving Comments/ Following other Blogs: My very first friendship in the blogging world came from leaving a sincere comment on a blog that I was following. We continued to email back and forth after that, and she is now one of my closest friends.
Blogging is not something we need to go at alone. I hope you will starting looking for a few people who you can add to your own tribe. Ideally it will be a small group of 7 - 10 bloggers. When you get your people together, start a Facebook group, so that it is easy to talk back and forth. Jump right in, get to know each other, read and share each others post, and talk about your goals.
The right support can make a world of difference and can help you take your blogging to the next level. Not to mention you might make some invaluable friendships along the way.