When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be a place where I could share my thoughts but also a place where it felt like there was a community. It took me awhile to figure this out, but you can’t just wish for a community on your blog. Just like most things, you have to work to build it – and then to maintain it. If I had to pinpoint one thing that has helped me the most to build that community, it is without a doubt my blogger tribe.
Tribe, n. “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect.”
Well, that sure sounds about right. My blogger tribe consists of fitness nuts (mostly runners) who understand exactly what I mean when I type: “UGH – I freaking hate hill repeats with a passion, but if they get me to a PR in my next 10k, then I will take back all my whining.” They can commiserate about ice baths, long runs AND page views. We run in many of the same blogging “circles” and check in with each other regularly.
How can you create your own tribe? Start by engaging with your readers. Respond to comments (and if you aren’t getting comments, read this post), go read others’ blogs, follow your readers on twitter, facebook, etc. Yes, it’s work, but through this process you are bound to find a few folks who you connect with. Keep at it. Once Cynthia and I discovered we were local and both interested in barre classes, we decided to meet up for a workout. Then when I decided I wanted to host a weekly link up (PS, you should link up with us every Friday!), Mar and Cynthia were both interested and we became the DC Trifecta. Now, Mar and I are training for Shamrock Marathon together, all three of us are Zooma Annapolis Ambassadors this year (read more about that here) and I truly can’t imagine my blogging world without these gals.
Your tribe need not be huge. In fact, if it’s small, then it’s easier to really develop those relationships. I have a number of blogs I read regularly – but you’d better believe I’m hitting up Mar and Cynthia‘s blogs to show support (and lend page views). Not because I feel obligated, not because they expect me to. But because they are my blogging tribe and they rock!
Who’s in your blogging “tribe?”