Why Bloggers need Tribes
Tribe is a funny word to me, I like to think of a blog tribe as a support group and community. It’s like having a support group, someone to lean on and to find others in your ‘niche’. I say ‘niche’ lightly as you don’t necessarily need a niche to blog. Finding like-minded bloggers is essential for promotion, growth and most importantly for building creative relationships.
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The importance of finding your blog tribe:
- General support
- Cross promotion
- Someone else who understands what it’s like to be a blogger, aside from your friends
Back in August when I started blogging, it was hard to gain readership or find an audience. I would just write some posts, share them on social media, and hope someone would find it. Once I started finding other bloggers via social media- especially Instagram, I started finding bloggers that I really resonated with.
They were the blogging gals that inspired and motivated me! I indulged in their blog content, figuring out how they do it. I never felt like I needed to compete with them though. I just have always aimed to shoot for that same success.
Luckily, I found a great group of bloggers that I habitually follow. I’m on their email lists, follow them on social media, and engage in their content. It was scary at first, being the first one to initiate conversation. However, each one of them was incredibly supportive, genuine, and helpful. If I had a silly question, it was answered.
After a month of following these bloggers, I decided to join their Facebook groups. This was the holy grail of finding my tribe. There are probably 3 groups of which I am the most active, and enjoy exchanging information with. Once I found my tribe, my blog started to grow, but most importantly I started learning so much more.Once I found my tribe, my blog started to grow, but most importantly I started learning so much more.Click To Tweet
So from finding my tribe, and following these bloggers, I not only started seeing more engagement on my end, but I started building relationships with these bloggers. Relationships are so important in blogging because if you’re stuck they gotchu. If you’re lonely and need to vent about your troubles, that’s what they are there for. Silly questions, or just to chat- blogging tribes are a positive environment for creative minds.
Your friends that don’t blog, may support you but don’t fully understand the amount of work that goes into blog businesses. It’s not just slapping some words on publishing and being done. Having others who understand the hardships, and also the successes makes all the difference.
How to Find Your Tribe
Connect with other bloggers
Initially, it can be difficult to find your tribe or some bloggers you really resonate with. When I started to become pretty active on Instagram, I’d use certain hashtags that related to my blog. Soon enough I started discovering other bloggers, who in turn I resonated with. From there I would read through their blogs- if their content moved me, I started following them on every social media channel.
Engaging with other bloggers is key to growth. However, it can be scary to initiate the first conversation. Let me tell you, it does not hurt to genuinely comment another bloggers post. For one, that’s what I love about blogging is when someone comments and genuinely enjoyed the post and can take something away from it. Second, the worst that can happen is that they don’t respond back.
When I finally discovered the courage to start commenting on posts, it felt good to thank another blogger. Then I started engaging with others on Twitter, and they would respond back. That is where relationships start, organically and authentically. Then by the time you know it, you move past formal blogging questions and start finding like-minded people who share common interests with you.
Initially, before you start receiving feedback and engagement on your blog, you want to give and give some more. So keep commenting on posts that inspire you, keep chatting on twitter, and comment with photos on Instagram. The feedback needs to be genuine, and you should be able to relate to what is being said. Honestly the best part of blogging, for me, is finding like-minded ladies whom I wouldn’t have otherwise *virtually* met.
Since we want to have other bloggers promote our content, we need to promote other content as well. Don’t strictly share your own content, and be done. Sharing and promoting content other than your owns shows a genuine and trusting relationship. That makes another blogger want to share your content as well.
Personally, I love twitter, and a lot of people say they don’t use it anymore. The reason Twitter has gained me a lot of interaction is because I want to be apart of it. I want to converse with other bloggers on a platform where I can also share their content, and rave about.
I also enjoy twitter because you don’t have to just tweet about blogging-related content. Often times I just randomly get on there just to share about my day, or something silly. Once you find your tribe, more than likely they’ll want or desire to comment. Asides from that, it’s also nice to just not talk about blogging for once.
Facebook groups are the platform in which tribes are put together, and where bloggers *meet*. Most groups share threads every day in which they choose to have bloggers share what they’re working on, their motivation, and their latest content.
The reason you should join a facebook group is not only to promote content. Yes, you’re content will more than likely be promoted, and your page views will increase. Facebook groups, tribes, or more than just that. It’s all of the above we just talked about: creating relationships, finding collaborations, finding your blog BFF, sharing your struggles, asking for guest posters- so on and so forth.
This is why I choose to be heavily active in less than 3 Facebook tribes at one time. It can take up some time going through every feed and thread in 5+ groups, staying active and promoting. So if you’re in search for your tribe I suggest finding a few to join, and narrowing down the ones you find yourself most active on. Who are you relating to the most? Which group have you found the most useful? Most facebook groups, you need to give as much as you take.
What I mean by that is don’t join these groups just to promote your content. You need to reciprocate the action and engage with everyone else. This is key in developing creative relationships.
Groups to Join
Here are my recommendations for blog tribes to join!
Join my blog tribe
So if you haven’t guessed, I created my own Facebook tribe. Yes, I still participate in other groups but I wanted to be able to create a group tailored toward newer bloggers. Anyone who is thinking about or has already created their blog, and need some support. As a new blogger and a seasoned blogger, we are all struggling in one way or another. Whether that be growing traffic organically, monetizing our blogs, or being stuck.
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