What Have I Learned After Using Triberr for Two Months? The Answer May Surprise You
So What Have I Learned?
I’ve learned that I wish I had a clearer vision of how I want to group my tribes.
When I started, my goal was simply to build out my tribes. The vision for each tribe was quite loose.
- Jaffa tribe didn’t start as such, but it turned into an Aspirational tribe.
- Anubis didn’t start as a Supertribe (more than 15 members) but it turned into a Supertribe really quick; which created an issue for Ben Barden and Erica Allison.
This is my fault because I didn’t communicate the size of the tribe to Ben and Erica (or anyone else for that matter.)
I didn’t realize it was turning into a Supertribe until way into it, and I didn’t have an effective means of communicating with tribe members about the changes.
All this hullabaloo resulted in us building two new Triberr features. The Manual Mode (so that the tribal tweets can be moderated by you) and Smoke Signals; which is in-Triberr messaging platform.
My third tribe, The Ori, has had smooth sailing. And I think I know why.
EVERYONE is that tribe was already deeply connected to everyone else. It was a lot like a class reunion. You joined The Ori and you already knew all the members.
It Pays to Have a Strategy
I’ve written about various strategies already:
and I would like to offer 3 more.
Reader Focused vs. Inner-Focused
Some bloggers have distinctly internal writing style. While others write for their audience.
While the distinction can be blurry, and it requires you to know the blogger in a very deep way, the distinction is there none the less. And the audience will know it.
So sharing your audience with someone who has a distinctly inner-focused writing style while you are using an extremely audience-focused writing style will probably clash. Especially if you have a mixed bag throughout the tribe.
Maybe your voice falls somewhere in between, in which case, having one tribe for inner-focused bloggers, and another for audience-focused bloggers, would be wise.
Platform Specific Tribes
Even as an experienced blogger and an online resident of these here Interwebs; my emotional system is startled every time I jump from one blogging platform to another.
They all work slightly different, have slightly different peculiarities; and many hard-core Blogger (or Tumblr) users don’t really venture outside of those platforms.
So it seams to me that having a platform-specific tribe would make a lot of sense.
This also helps with the comments. Often, users conditioned to leave comments on Blogger will not leave comments on Posterous (for example) because they:
- Don’t have an account, and/or
- Are not familiar with the interface
Comment-System Specific Tribes
WordPress native comment system allows for certain plugins which many commenters look for. I’m talking about CommentLuv, DoFollow and the like.
If your followers are accustomed to that type of setup on the comment system, they will be more likely to comment (and engage) on the blogs by your tribesmen as well.
Other comment system have their own fans and often the two shall never meet.
If you’re accustomed to commenting on DIY, you are accustomed to using DisqUs comment system; which is different from IntenseDebate, which is different from Livefyre comment system, which is different from…well, you get the idea.
I hope you learn from my mistakes and are more purposeful when building your tribes. So I will leave you with this.
I have also learned that many people are not connectors of men.
Bloggers come into the tribe and expect to benefit from the Chief who already did the heavy lifting in building the tribe. This is the wrong mindset.
The correct mindset is to help the Chief build out the original tribe to which you received an invite whilst building your own tribes.
In other words, don’t be an asshole.
Should I write about relationship building? No. I wont. Why?
Because to build a relationship all you have to do is make the first step, remove self-interest as your motivation and be honest with yourself and others.
Ok. Ok. I don’t mean to hit you with profundity on a business blog, but God knows we can all use it. I will however leave you with these three questions.
- What have you learned thus far from using Triberr?
- What strategy have you employed to build your tribes?
- Are you a connector of men?
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