Reasons why you need a blogging tribe: a group of like-minded bloggers committed to supporting- not competing with- each other.
I’ve been at this blogging thing for much longer than the 10 months this site particular site has been around. In fact, I had two blogs before I started Winstead Wandering. Each taught me a lot about blogging, about myself as a blogger, and about what I wanted to achieve by having a blog. I started this site back in January because I was finally ready to put everything I’d learned into action.
That’s not say I know it all; I so don’t. I like to share a lot of what I have learned, but I learn more each day.
One of the most valuable things I ever stumbled across as a blogger was this video about growing your blog with a tribe. I’d seen the word “tribe” thrown around a bit in a few of the big blogging Facebook groups I’m a part of, but I was unfamiliar with how they work and, most of all, with how vital they are to your growth as a blogger.
Now, six months after first watching that video, I’m a member of two tribes. I can wholeheartedly say surrounding myself with hardworking, funny, savvy women is one of the best blogging decisions I’ve ever made. If you aren’t already part of a blogging tribe, let me explain why I think you need to make finding one a priority.
Why You Need a Blogging Tribe
Having a squad of blogging friends gives you instant access to guest posters and collaborators. Need someone to write a post for you during your upcoming vacation? Ask your tribe. Want to boost SEO by writing posts with similar keywords and linking to each other’s blogs? Do it with your tribe. Looking for co-hosts for a link party or blog hop? Share it with your tribe.
Your tribe is a ready-made group of bloggers designed to help each other grow, and one way to do that is through collaboration. One of the best parts of collaborating with the people in your tribe is you already know their niche, and they know yours. It’s way easier to write a guest post for a tribe member because you already know what she blogs about.
Why isn’t my Google Analytics working? How do I get the most out of this new social media scheduler? Is my new plug-in working? Where can I find free photos for my posts? Can you pin/stumble/share this post of mine that’s going viral?
These are all questions posed in the last few weeks by members of my tribes. Instead of turning to the endless search results you’re sure to generate in Google or on Pinterest, you can ask your your tribe members. They’re always willing to help share your content. Chances are, at least one of them has experienced the exact technical issue you’re dealing with at any given moment.