Because I mostly blogged in a bubble of 1 until last year when I connected with other bloggers at a blogging conference, I have no idea how long blog tribes have been around. Apparently since at least 2013, as this great post from Honest Mom about creating a tribe. I instinctively formed a kind of tribe after reaching out on Twitter and seeing if any other writers wanted to form a community. At first it was maybe 6 girls. None of us had met in real life and we all wrote different kinds of things. We didn’t plan it, but we realized early on that we were all Christians. It’s still a very small group, but has grown a bit, and we give each other feedback, have a weekly link-sharing thread, and vent if we need to vent. I love it.
Now that I’ve connected more with bloggers, I’m in a few other tribes that are a little more focused on blogging and growing as bloggers. We talk shop: WordPress plugins, ideas for growth, opportunities we can share, and share content regularly through our social media channels. Today’s task in our 31 Small Steps to Grow Your Blog is not just for a day:
How do you find a blogging tribe? The first tribe I mentioned was one I created instinctively and it worked out so well. But having tried to create communities on Google Plus that were more open, I’ve realized a few things.
1. Don’t be haphazard in creating/joining groups. It’s kind of a big deal who you align with. Trust is important. Just be aware and a little bit discerning. You don’t want to be a in group that does a lot of link-sharing if you don’t like the blogs or links people are sharing. Make sure the people in your tribe are producing content you respect.
2. Find a good variety in your tribe. Some would suggest being in a tribe of all similar niches or readerships or blog sizes. I prefer diversity. I think having a mix in the group helps you grow. You can learn from the people who are bigger or have been around longer. You can help those who need help. You can learn from other niches.
3. Trust your tribe. This kind of goes back to #1. I don’t want to be in a tribe with people who are only out for themselves or who do unethical things. You may not always know this before you get IN a tribe, but if you find yourself in one that makes you feel icky, bring it up or just leave.
You can search on Facebook for groups, ask blogging friends if they know of any tribes, or start your own. If you’re going to start your own, really think about how you put the invitation out there and if you want it to be open, closed, or somehow moderated. (I would highly recommend moderated in some fashion.) Also, there is a difference between a tribe and a mastermind group. Usually what I’m calling a tribe is a group aimed more at link-sharing and will have daily threads just for that. A mastermind group is a little bit wider. There will be some content sharing, but it’s more about support and bringing together different gifts for maximum growth. (At least, that’s how I would distinguish those two.) Here’s a great post from Michael Hyatt on Mastermind Groups.
Now get out of here and research how to find a group! If you need help, join the Facebook group and post in there. Perhaps there will be other people looking to join a tribe!