Blogging: Tribes and Leadership

question marksI am an introvert who has frequently assumed leadership roles in  small committed groups. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.

I have been contemplating leadership and tribes in the blogging context and I decided to publish this post to gain reader feedback on these topics.

Introverts aren’t just less sociable than extroverts; they also engage with the world in fundamentally different ways. While outgoing “people people” savor the nuances of social interaction, loners tend to focus more on their own ideas—and on stimuli that don’t register in the minds of others. Social engagement drains them, while quiet time gives them an energy boost.  All Loners Aren’t Social Misfits

Kinds of blogs

A blog can be personal providing the blogger with a personal home page, a daily  diary or journal, and an archive of their favorite sites on the web.

A blog can be a business blog devoted to specific topical content and promoting that business’s  brand within a niche.

A blog can be administered by a single writer who creates and publishes all or the vast majority of the content in it.

A blog can be administered by a team who share the burden of creating and publishing content and/or administration duties.

A blog can be private  and only accessible to the blogger or to selected users who can use as a forum for private online conversations.

A blog can be public and be accessible to all using the internet providing a  forum for users to have public conversations online.

A public blog is published with the intent of attracting targeted readers and encouraging them to contribute to the blog thereby forming a blog centered community.

Expert advice

In Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, Dan Pink  exposes a common mistake when it comes to assumptions about motivation.  Money can be a powerful motivator, but as studies performed by universities around the country reveal rewarding people financially only works to a point. Beyond that, you need autonomy and purpose.

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change.  Seth Godin on the tribes we lead

In his article Jack Humprey provides 7 Steps to Building A Solid Tribe and states: The word “community” is no longer sufficient to describe what we bloggers must build around ourselves and our blogs in order for us to thrive.  Communities are for generic social sites.  Successful bloggers build something more akin to a tribe.  A brother and sisterhood of people who feel part of something special.

Nick Gilboy shared this:  What leaders have in common

1. They challenge the status quo: Challenge everything. They challenge what is currently there.
2. They build a culture: “A secret language, a 7-second handshake, a way of knowing whether you are in or you are out.
3. They have curiosity: “about the people in the tribe, and about outsiders.”
4. They connect people to one-another. They allow people to achieve what they want more than anything….to be missed!”
5. All tribal leaders have charisma. BUT, you do not need charisma to be a tribal leader. Leading a tribe gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders throughout history, you will see where the charisma comes from. It comes from the leading.
6. They Commit: They commit to the cause, they commit to the tribe, they commit to the people.

Marc shares Twelve Tips for Finding or Expanding Your Tribe in his article titled How To Build Your Tribe – Finding ‘Your People’.

Joseph C. Rost reminds us that leadership is not what leaders do. Rather, leadership is what leaders and followers do together for the collective good.

In today’s society, leaders operate in a shared-powered environment with followers. No longer does a single leader have all the answers and the power to make substantial changes. Instead, today we live in world where many people participate in leadership, some as leaders and others as followers. Only when we all work together can we bring about successful changes for our mutual purposes.

Discussion

I have focused on building a readership for my blogs and I have published articles some of which you will find linked to below. I do feel connected to my readers and especially to those who comment frequently. However, I do not feel that I am either part of a tribe or a leader in a tribe.  How about you? Please feel free to share your opinions on leadership and tribes in blogging.

Related posts found in this blog:

Blogging: Attracting More Readers
Encouraging blog readers to comment
How to form blog centered relationships


57 thoughts on “Blogging: Tribes and Leadership

  1. You and your commentators are thought-provoking as always, Timethief, thank you again for a great post and opportunity to learn and to think again. In the commercial wine blog I write we have tried to develop a community – some open ended questions, etc. but we don’t get much interaction going. I’m not sure we’re that kind of blog actually.

    On the other hand, our blog is faithfully followed by some passionate devotées of our wines, and they are a tribe unto themselves and have a chat forum of their own, and our blog is absolutely fodder for the conversation there, and I drop into that space to interact with them. Rather humorously I recently met some of those people here in real life, they were visiting this region for the grape harvest, and when I introduced myself as the writer of that blog, they double took in a huge way and said ohmigawd you’re CYNTHIA???? hey, guys, this is her… she’s the one writing… we looovvve your stuff. So… tribe? groupies? Not sure, but it’s fun.

    Perhaps I identify a bit with those people, but only as a result of the IRL meeting, not so much via blog or chat forum interaction. Here in this blog, I definitely have identified the like-minded or particularly thought provoking folks and look for their comments when I read, though i read all of it to meet more and learn from all. Whatever it is here – don’t care about nomenclature – I like it, and it has been very stimulating. well done you, timethief, to create this space and environment and draw this crowd.

    • Hi Cynthia,
      It’s good to hear about your experience with meeting readers face-to-face. I smiled when I read what you shared. I do feel a strong sense of connection to the regular readers and commenters on my blogs like you, even though we will probably never meet.

      Best wishes with growing your blog community and in everything you do. :)

  2. I would disagree with Seth and say that tribal tendencies have always existed in our world, and blogging is just another mode we express those tendencies.

    Even in the non-digitalized business world, at school, or among family, we form social hierarchies. It is away we “assign roles” whenever we interact. For example, right now you are playing the role of a blogger (in some sense, a leader as you suggest) and we are all subordinating ourselves as followers and commenters. It is just like a CEO hiring employees, or a group of kids choosing a “team captain,” or a teacher and her students.

    Overall, fantastic post timethief. And thank you for answering my question about Gravatars at the WordPress.com forums!

    • Hi Steven
      Thanks for weighing in. Actually Seth does agree with the fact that humans have always formed tribes. He is speaking from an internet marketing and entrepreneurial POV, and most bloggers, if not all, who have commented here do not blog for money, and do not have advertising on their blogs.

      P.S. You’re welcome re:the help on the forum. When I have the time I answer questions there. I have been doing that for about 4 years now.

  3. I think that bloggers sometimes behave in very primitive, tribal ways. If you blog for commercial reasons, you can sometimes be ‘frozen out’ by smiliar blogs in your sphere. This has happened to me – and has probably happened to many of you, too. In this way blogging echoes life.

    Thankfully, there are lots of great people in the bloggersphere who are supportive and will accept you for who you are, and how well you write.

    • @Phil
      Yes, indeed I have experienced this. In the blogging tips niche the make money ‘do-follow’ bloggers are a tribe unto themselves. That being said I don’t want to belong to them. I want to make blogging friends in all niches based on the criteria you express in your last sentence above “who are supportive and will accept you for who you are, and how well you write.”

      Thanks so much for commenting and best wishes with your business and your blogging.

  4. A really thought provoking post. I agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed. I think bloggers are part of communities – but the rules of engagement can be a little more hazy.

    As a blogger, who blogs chiefly to promote my business – and also because I love writing – I have encountered resistance and hostility in some quarters, as I know many of you have, too. The anonymity that the Internet affords the individual can bring out the best and the worst in human nature.

    • Hi Phil,
      Agree that presumed anonymity can bring out both the best and worst in people as I have witnessed both. I have encountered hostility, personal attacks, and trolling in online forums. I don’t put up with any such behavior on my blogs. I send all off-topic comments that enter the defamatory or inflammatory realm to the spam filter and then Comment Blacklist the culprit.

  5. hi timethief (interesting name)

    I am a poet/writer/artist maintaining a blog of my personal work entitled Image & Verse. For five years, I have written to prompts found on a variety of sites which offer such — and posted links on these sites to the written pieces.

    Several years ago I started a site, called Writer’s Island, offering prompts to fellow poet/writers. I purposely chose to call it an Island, as a way to identify it as a safe, specific, and pleasant place in the great cybersea, to visit and enjoy. I also created, and continue to expand, a fictional ‘story’ about the Island — including a FaceBook site, on which you will find background on fictional people, places, and things involved in the operation of the Island. I even use tropical island and ocean related terms and phrases in the comments I leave for the posting poet/writers, whom I refer to as Islanders.

    Unknowingly I have seem to be fostering the ‘tribal’ relationship you refer to herein, among the poet/writers (Islanders) who visit to share their work. I found this post most interesting, and want to thank you for it.

    • @Rob
      Thank you for sharing your experiences with me and with my readers. I visited both your site and your wordpress.com “Writer’s Island”. I’m visually impaired so I couldn’t read what you posted on your site without capturing it and changing the text to black on a light-colored background. Good luck with both your site and your tribe too.

  6. Lisa Rivero, a blogger I follow regularly recently did an interesting post with insights on blogging, leadership and introverts: Everyday Intensity I particularly liked the title of an article she refers to Psychology Today, “Revenge of the Introverts.”

  7. I had to come back to see how this conversation developed! I don’t see myself as either a leader or a member of a tribe. I just feel an affinity for some of the remarkable people I have connected to thanks to blogging, including you. They form a virtual community of connections and friendship for me, not to say that this level of interaction is the same as the kinds of deep friendships you have with your husband and close friends by any means.

    What resonates for me in this discussion is this sense of “community building” that you and Zeenat mention. I feel that there are many different inter-locking communities. I’m not too keen on the word “tribe.” It could be a generation thing like you say. I too am turned off by the money mania in the blogging niche and many personal development blogs are not particularly unique. That being said, I’ve happened upon some marvelous and authentic folks and am grateful for that. Not a forever and ever tribe, but very nice encounters.

    Thanks to everyone for the interesting discussion.

    • @Sandra Lee
      I find your point about the overlapping of blogging communities to be an important one. I have met so many friends online in so many different blogging communities and I value the frenships I have made very highly as you do. I wish I had the time to read even more blogs. make more connections and freinsgips but I don’t My husband, family, friends and making a living are all higher on my priority list than blogging is.

      To me It sounds like we are all pretty much in agreement that the “Tribes and Leadership” terminology doesn’t suit us, and how we view ourselves as bloggers and as members and builders of blog centered communities.

      Thanks for returning.

  8. Hi!
    I have made peace and accepted my way of blogging to be much of the time dynamic. Blogging for me is not such important thing but is a part of my life too. I spend a lot of time with my blogs when I have the right mood and time for this and sometimes I don’t feel the need and I don’t write for days. Often depends on the mood.

    Sometimes, I wrote posts but I’m also confused until I was operating in my mind and set if is right or not..and now reading your post I have learned today something incredible again from here, and I’d like to thank you for helping me to understand and learn this valuable lessons each time when I come back and read some articles by you, TiTi.

    Well, I don’t know exactly but I think that if the content of a blog is good enough, like yours for example, and if I believe in author strategy strongly enough, in his powerful enough manner philosophy, in his way to write then I will accept my change in my status quo. And it’s another gain for me, of course – as a blogger. I could change my expectations just when remarkable things happen to me.But, changing the status quo is a dangerous game sometimes. I could more fail than succeed, I guess, for me. :P

    I could try to believe that what I’m doing is good enough, even only for me and I try to invest equity in my readers and in me, so I could adapt their expectations to my new dynamic way to be, but not as a leader, but just of what I proposed or created in my posts.
    In the end I’m getting the better, I hope that. Smiles

    Thank you again for this wonderful post!
    Wishing you the Best as always and much happiness in your life!
    You’re precious for me!

    Same Dy,

    • @dyeve
      You precious lady you. I do enjoy your blog posts and  I respect your choice to blog when you feel you have something to share and you have considered it well and are in the mood to share it. That’s blogging with integrity. Blog on!
      ♥ TiTi

      • I think that a very important aspect of a tribe is that it is not just about one person (the leader) making strong connections and relationships with others. This is not just a fanbase of people looking at me and my post from my blog. This is a collective of people who feel passionate about something I write. The only way for a tribe to flourish and thrive is if all of the members within have the opportunity to connect and share with each other. I have few but I don’t consider myself a leader or somehow becouse blogging are for me like fun when I have mood, time or pleasure for it. If I don’t feel the need to write then I don’t. Some bloggers may be writing well, posting relevant and valuable content on a regular basis or they might have built a blog whose purpose isn’t evident..like mine, maybe. But I trie to keep my readers in my mind and make interesting posts for them and also I keep in mind that when somebody actually interacts with my blog,they click a link, they post a comment, they stop being a passive reader and I’m happy with that. Smiles

  9. I never really pictured myself as a leader of my blog, I do treat my viewers nice though. I try to comment back and thank them when they read my material; I would have to say I’m a loner type, I take care of my shit, make it how I want it, but will tweaked it for them to have a better experience.

    • I want to thank you for tweaking your site and for changing the theme so your visually challenged readers have a better experience. That’s a leadership function IMO, and I’m delighted to find that I can read your poetry on your site with ease now. Previously I had to capture every post and display it as black text on a light background so I could read it. Thank you.

  10. No, I’ve got a few particular blogging friends such as Ana the Imp, Lot2Learn, and Inversnecky, and we chat, exchange ideas et cetera from time to time, but we don’t cooperate on that high of a level.

    • Do you view yourself as having a leadership function on your blog?
      Do you view your regular blog readers as being a tribe?
      What do you do to attract more regular readers and to retain the ones you already have?

      • I view them more as customers or an audience than a tribe – my blogs kind of a main street ma and pa shop as far as I’m concerned, except that I don’t actually sell anything but ideas – and make no profit. So maybe a ma and pa shop in heaven. I actually do a pretty good job retaining my regular readers, as well as I can tell, already, and I think mainly I do that by making all of my posts open to comment and having features on my site to create a feeling of community and continuity such as the Followers Add-on and the FlagCounter.

  11. I actually belong to three tribes (with many more in my lineage I’m sure) I am Fulah, Toucouleur and Serer. But when it comes to blogging I think I am more of my loner, hippie self simply because I blog when I feel like it and it’s hard to join any groups when you are like that I think.

    Great article. Your blog is beautiful and I love how you write TT. Keep it up.

    • I think it’s important to enjoy blogging on your own terms or you won’t be in it for long. What you describe is being a loner who is blogging without obligation and that’s perfectly okay.

      P.S. Thanks for the compliment on my new blog theme. It still have some work to do in the backend but I think the front is okay now.

  12. Over the past three plus years, I have tried very hard to pay absolutely zero attention to famous and professional bloggers. (Honestly, I don’t know or care who Seth Godin even IS.)

    In my experience trying to get more than three book bloggers to work together is considerably more difficult than herding cats. I too tend to be more a “loner hippie” blogger, as someone said upthread.

    • I love you for being so blunt. I wonder how many other bloggers are going to post and claim loner “hippie status” too. Maybe collectively, we constitute an untribe. ;)

  13. I see my role as a blogger as a facilitator, definately not a leader.
    Its there, read it or don’t, agree, disagree, spam me or ignore me!

    The freedom to blog is quite precious, being responsible for a tribe (though I wouldn’t describe a bunch of regular readers as a tribe) I think would remove that freedom.

    so
    no and no

    • I like what you have said about being a facilitator but aren’t we as bloggers also initiators and moderators too? Without content we have nothing on the table. We initiate, facilitate and moderate discussion as well. All in all I view what we do as being leadership functions whether or not the title “leader” is one that we feel comfortable with. And, I doubt that we would undertake those functions if we didn’t have a blog centered community or weren’t expecting to encourage one to grow.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment too.

  14. Personally, I don’t agree with the statement that the role of a leader is to ‘influence’. To ‘influence’ involves persuasion, argument, dominance and even manipulation. Only an autocratic leader would behave in this manner.

    A really effective leader does not try to influence, but rather they ‘inspire’. They facilitate and nurture the strengths of individuals within a group in order that they may reach a common objective. The leader inspires others to reach their potential through their own committment and example.

    In terms of blogging, I have no-one to ‘lead’. I don’t have blogs where others contribute posts. However, if something I write inspires another person to make changes in their own life, that is truly a gift for me. certainly there are blogs that I follow that inspire me in that they motivate me to do things.

    My own observations on tribalism in the world of blogging is very limited and I have seen scant evidence of it in my short association on BC. However, I have observed tribalism in other internet forums, and it is always insiduous and unpleasant. Internet tribes are formed by those who have little to contribute to mainstream life, they are usually fairly inadequate individuals with low self-esteem. The interface of the internet affords them an opportunity to ‘be someone’ – usually at the expense of others. The tribe starts to build as other disengaged people see the potential of the tribe and so begin to ‘play’ to the tribal leader – supporting their unpleasant behaviour and bullying.

    There have been several cases of teenage suicide where there has been direct links to internet bullying and tribal behaviour. The most recent in the UK was through facebook.

    I would hope never to belong to any type of tribe, I have no desire for any aspect of tribalism in my life. Instead, I belong to a number of groups, some formal others informal, some fixed, others transient, where there are a shared set of values and some common objectives.

    Well done and thank you TiTi for sparking such a vibrant discussion thread – nice to have something to get our teeth into

    • @Juliana,
      I’m always impressed to hear your take on things. When I hear the qualities you expect in a leader we are and yet we aren’t on the same page because I view leadership in a different way than you do. Please see what I say to CrystalRaven below. I think when you read what I said there we will find common ground because I sense it’s in what you said here:

      “Instead, I belong to a number of groups, some formal others informal, some fixed, others transient, where there are a shared set of values and some common objectives.”

      Your take on tribalism on the internet in forums and how ugly and damaging it can be within any larger community reflects that you have witnessed some of what I have also witnessed. As I read these comments I’m beginning to see the different connotations the blogging experts and we bloggers place on some words and how effects how we view ourselves.

      Thanks so much for commenting.

    • Interesting, as a Generation X-er (?), I think of a tribe as a group of people with common ties or interests, my biological family, my friends, others of like mind ie artists or pagans etc.
      I am actually a member of quite a few tribes, but the leadership of those means a role of teaching, guidance, protection etc.

      • .. “but the leadership of those means a role of teaching, guidance, protection etc. “

        Exactly my understanding as well. I don’t divide people into leaders and followers nor do the people, who are members of various “tribes” I belong to. In the groups I belong to more than one person provides inspiration, ideas and takes on decision-making roles, including providing direction to the group as a whole when and where required.

        We do not look to only one individual to be an idea man or woman who is expected to inspire us and direct us to do his or her will. We are a group of individuals, who can and who will work cooperatively together to get the work done. We view leadership as functions vested in the group, and not as the role of a single individual, who reigns and rules over the group. We all assume leadership functions as required and let them go easily. We have a bottom-up structure and that means those members who assume leadership functions act as servants of the group and not as masters.

        Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m a baby boomer and you are generation X and we do agree. We are both Canadians. Do you think it’s possible that it is because we are both Canadians that our points of view coincide?

  15. TT-This post is packed with your usual wealth of sources and information. I’m a lone wolf who has always attracted other lone wolves as friends. I have never sought similarity in relationships, but prefer people with eccentric interests and tastes often quite different from mine. The glue that has kept these friendships intact is simple tolerance and fondness. I don’t see a whole lot in common between the people who like my aphorisms. They’re quite a diverse group. I think anybody who thinks about their life and what it means, who is on a search for some sort of personal awareness, or who simply enjoys this fragmentary kind of writing, can find something agreeable in my blog.

    • I’m also an introvert and a loner. I do work well in small groups. I appreciate the regular readers that I do have for my blogs and I endeavor to treat them well. The articles I linked to in my post contain many tips on creating a tribe of regular readers, treating them well so they remain regular readers, and on attracting more targeted readers. I hope you find value in the tips I included.

  16. Hi tt,

    Thought provoking. I have sensitivity issues which preclude my being with large groups of people, exposing myself to noise and commotion. The internet, and my blog, have provided me with a great way of interacting and influencing others without physical involvement. I see myself as a leader, but within my own prescribed limitations: I direct a non-profit organization, so I get to maintain it on a scale comfortable for me. And I am a tribal leader on my own blog.

    The community of bloggers with whom I interact gives me a sense of belonging to a group. a strong sense of connection. Some member of this group are my followers, others I follow. In a way, you are a tribal leader for me, bringing me guidance and help in the world of blogdom. (Have I told you thank you recently? :)

    By the way, I also made the switch to Fusion yesterday. I really like it, a big improvement for my blog.

    Kathleen

    • Dear Kathleen,
      I thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. I value your contributions to my blog very much and I’m honored to hear you think of me as being a tribal leader … I guess. Hmmmm … maybe my resistence is simply based on semantics.

      I have undertaken many leadership functions in non-profit organizations over the years. I loved the work and the people too but now I love being semi-retired and being a blogger.

      Love,
      TiTi

      P.S. I popped over and saw your blog – nice header. I’m liking this theme and the little extras it has like the icons and the mouse over color backgounds.

  17. Wow. I can definitely relate to the introvert thing, and the leadership issues. I am seriously into reading a lot of Seth these days.

    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Dearest TiTi,
    So lovely to read your blog here today..and so beautiful …the fusion theme is working and looking so classy on your blog. I’m getting tempted ;)
    But, this post..oh my it has so much valuable advice for us bloggers. I would ‘not’ like to think we are leaders..that seems a bit too self indulgent……but more of community builders.
    I like to think of my beautiful readers as my online family. It makes me feel more close to them, and makes for much better understanding between us.
    But there is some great advice in this post…I must follow the links and read more of it.
    I love building up my online family, but sometimes life and time evade me :)…I wish I had more that 24 hours in a day, to do more…be more places, online and offline :)
    I missed coming here…and am gonna read through the older posts I missed.
    And my dear, I love being part of your community ..and I love having you as part of my online family.
    Much love,
    Z~

    • @Zeenat
      I identify strongly with what you say. I have met wonderful bloggers like you online. I have made friends. I have learned much from them and shared good times and bad with them. They all are dear to me I love being part of their blog communities and I am honored to have them as part of mine.

      Like you I don’t cotton to the word “leader” but when I examine the functions then yes I do think bloggers perform leadership functions on their blogs. Bloggers choose what to blog about. They choose whether or not to be sensitive to reader feedback and to allow it to affect their choice of blog post content. They set the tone for discussion and the policy for dealing with negative comments. Yet, the word “tribe” turns me off. I’m more comfortable with “community” and “community building” because that’s my sense of things.

      Love,
      TiTi

  19. Hmmmm…for some of us, there are different sides of ourselves that we show to different people. Certainly for my personal blog where I am the only writer, no I don’t write consciously nor cultivate relationships to be a leader of a tribe. I don’t even expect a tribe to form. Just people dropping by from contrasting walks of life to read stuff. Then they each drift away.

    For the other 2 blogs I write for, I am 1 of several writers. So honestly, I need to make my blogging/writing voice unique or at least noticeable, to draw a reader to read my stuff. But that’s not being a leader. Not sure what personae /role is adopting in such situations. Just another different “voice” that authentic too? A happy, independent loner voice?

    Funny, if I overanalyze this, I get more confused. So I’ll let things be as they are, for myself. :)

    • I do view you as as performing leadership functions on your blog and I do note that you do treat your blog readers well.

      Start with the idea that “everyone wants to belong to something special” and there are steps we can take to build a tribe (loyal readership) around our blogs.

      “Your core readership develops around your blog because they identify with what you provide them on a regular basis more so than with most other blogs in your niche. These people are your tribe. They are behind you 100%. They support you and help you in many ways that average visitors never will.” — Jack Humprhey

      You are developing a core readership by yourself on your own blog and in a team on the other and that’s a leadership function.

  20. Hey TT,
    I don’t feel as though I’m a part of a tribe or a leader of a tribe as it relates to my blog. At the same, I do try to educate my readers in a (hopefully) entertaining way with the hope that they will use this information to evaluate and possibly change their thoughts and behavior. So in that way, perhaps I’m trying to be a leader. Whether or not people will buy into that depends solely on the content and acceptance of what I write. My readership is steadily growing, which I take as a good sign. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • Thanks, TT. I’m really hoping I present information in a way that is palatable to teens. Sometimes, instead of a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, all it takes is half a teaspoon of humor mixed with another half teaspoon of sarcasm!

        I think you treat your readers well, too. Always helpful and insightful without condescention. It’s appreciated.

  21. I am not a joiner and I have a perverse attitude to blogs where I feel the readers are being encouraged to participate in any sort of tribal behaviour :) I guess the tribal thing is going to be really important to someone who blogs solely for the purposes of marketing or self promotion, which may be why it switches me off a bit. I do try to do a bit of marketing on my blog but I’ve found over the years that it’s really more of a diary and probably always will be, plus the few readers I have gained I regard as people rather than a market to pitch at or a tribe I’m supposed to lead. The whole idea of wanting to build tribes or be in a tribe is a bit alienating to me, but I’m probably not a typical blogger and certainly not diligent enough.

    • I think the response that I am receiving to the words “tribe” and “leader” and “leadership” are fascinating. I also believe it’s possible that baby boomers, generation X  members, and generation Y members may have completely different definitions and connotations for those words.

      From the research I did I found that those in the blogosphere using the term “tribe” in the internet marketing context were referring to a subset of people  who could best be described as customers who are brand loyalists. In the blogging context that word seemed to be describing regular blog readers and commenters and those  two activities also reflect loyalty.

      Your blog is a real blog and you do interact with your readers. Your posts are thoughtful and meaty, which distinguishes them from the psuedo-posts I have seen being used on some mock blogs that exist only for the purpose of attracting and encouraging ad-clickers.

      While you do advertize on your blog I have never found what’s displayed to be off-putting and that’s a compliment because I don’t cotton to advertising, especially, third-party advertising on blogs at all. 

      In the final analysis although the term “tribe” is repugnant to us babay boomers. It evokes the image of highschool cliques and associated behaviors. Maybe we could agree that our regular blog readers and commenters do form a blog centered community. What say you to that?

  22. This looks like ex post facto reasoning to me:

    “5. All tribal leaders have charisma. BUT, you do not need charisma to be a tribal leader. Leading a tribe gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders throughout history, you will see where the charisma comes from. It comes from the leading.”

  23. The word “tribe” reminds me of high school “cliques” and, it does not seem very open to other new people joining in on conversations.

    I have one blog that has taking on the role of being more of a website, with a wide variety of subjects related to one particular country. This blog/website needs authors who have some knowledge of its different categories and, finding those authors has not been easy, although I do have five people who contribute on an irregular basis. My goal is to have two or three new posts published weekly by the different authors. This blog also has a community forum that anyone can participate in.

    My other blog needs less authors and, posts to be published less frequently but, its community forum needs a lot of people to participate in order for it to survive.

    I think if set up correctly, community type blogs could benefit everyone involved far beyond what those of personal individual content are capable of.

    • Hi Paul,
      Your first sentence somes up my original reaction to Seth Godin’s video. However, I persisted in doing my reasearch and I did find vlaue in the artlces I linked to. Seth is into internet marketing and I’m not. I am not a member of the consumer driven masses and I’m also in the minority who dislike witnessing any advertising for any products or services that the blogger themslf does not create or provide.

      I want to wish you well with your community building efforts. Thanks so much for commenting.

  24. Hey TiTi!

    I love your new theme! Looks much for professional while being a bit funky, courtesy of the contrasting color schemes.

    I also like how you correlated leadership and tribes into the blogging context. I agree that this correlation can have a lot of outcomes like the seven that you published.

    May I add that a worthy leader is one who commands respect and leadership, and not just asks for it because he/she is the leader.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!

    • @RogueHero
      I actually have a different take on leadership than the blogging experts I quoted do and than the readers who have commented thus far do. I will share my take after all the comments are in so what I think doesn’t affect the comments I receive.

      Thanks for the comment on the theme change. This theme has some nice features. I’ll be experiementing aith them. IMO it also has a more professional appearnce. It also has some nice little extras the other themes I have tried don’t have.

  25. Hi timethief,

    I love this definition of a tribe: “Successful bloggers build something more akin to a tribe. A brother and sisterhood of people who feel part of something special.” I do feel a strong kinship with the people I am connecting with via my blog and social network. i never realized just how wonderful it would be.

    The new look on your blog is terrific. It’s very classy and stylish. I’ve been toying with Fushion in my mind too, but haven’t had time to play with it yet. It’s the first theme that’s come along that comes close to my love for Inuit Types. I’m not sure people really like clicking over from the main page, so I’ve been waiting for a new possibility that might suit me. We’ll see…

    • @Sandra Lee
      As opposed to being a people person, I am a self-sustaining individual ie. a loner. Unlike others I could be very happy on an island in my own company for a prolonged period of time. In fact, that description is not far off from the lifestyle that I do lead. ;)

      I do not rely on the personal connections I make on the internet to provide me with a sense of family or community. I have a husband, family and close friends whom I love dearly and they get the lion’s share of my time and devotion. However, that being said, I do feel a strong sense of connection to the readers of both of my blogs.

      I do not feel a strong sense of connection to the bloggers in the blogging tips niche. I believe this is because we are blogging for different reasons. I am not a money driven blogger seeking to earn an income from blogging. I am a blogger who is passion driven to create and publish everything I learn about becoming a better blogger, building a better blog, and effective blog promotion.

      Years ago I felt a stronger connection to other bloggers in the personal development niche than I do now. I believe this has waned over the years as the themes and advice are repetitious. This is not to say that I do feel any sense of connection at all. I do admire bloggers who can present familiar material in a new and interesting way. It is to say that after years of reading in this niche I do not frequently discover new material and I’m the kind of person who becomes bored very easily. Also the number of bloggers in the personal development niche who are focused on locating consumers for their products and/or services has grown dramatically and marketing through blogs is a turn-off for me.

      Another reason my sense of connectedness has waned may be that I have always been adverse to “groupiness” and  I am overextended. I’m far behind when it comes to reading posts and leaving comments. And, these days many bloggers in both niches are urging readers to subscribe to newsletters. Well, I don’t have the inclination to subscribe because I do not have the time to read the newsletters I would receive if I did so.

      “And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect.” — Seth Godin

       

      I’m jaded and that’s why I’m delighted when I do connect with new bloggers who share their excitement about creating a place for themselves in the blogosphere and finding like-minded bloggers to bond with in their niches. Small doses of their enthusiasm energizes me sends me back to the keyboard to create and publish more content.

      Thank you so much for becoming a regular reader of my blogs, and for making such a strong contribution to them through your comments. I’m honored by your choice to extend your friendship to me despite the fact that I’m not an overly friendly and outgoing person.

    • This is a separate reply to your remarks about my change of theme from Inuit Types to Fusion. I did this switching yesterday and have yet to complete all the work that lingers in the background. This theme does have the custom menu feature but I have yet to create a menu. It does not have featured images and does not have the site map template that the Inuit Types theme has but I decided to test drive it anyway. There are optional layouts including the ability to have the sidebar on the left or the right and even to have two sidebars on the right. It also provides the option to display either full posts or excerpts. I intend to play around with those options until I settle on what my preferences and my readers’ preferences are. :)

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