How To Build A Blog Tribe

I was given the best blogging advice ever at the Go Blog Social Conference last spring—Build a blog tribe. I did just that, and today I’m going to pay that advice it forward. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. We must invest time and resources in 4 key areas before we begin to build a support system around us. The last thing we want to experience is rejection because our peers don’t think we’ve grown enough to form a partnership. If there’s any uncertainty, and we find ourselves in need of an objective opinion, seek a site review by a neutral party. Website reviews can be conducted by peers in a Facebook groups for free or you can reach out to a blog coach or site designer. Some will even give you recommendations in an initial consultation. I highly recommend booking a design consultation with Kelly & Andra of With Grace and Gold or a strategy session with Cydie Spiegel. Without further ado, I give you the 5 ingredients needed for successful blogging and collaborating.

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  1. Quality Photos: Original photos go a long way so take a class and invest in a camera. Or consider bartering services since everyone is good at something. If you still choose to use stock photography I suggest create her stock, get color stockbloguettes, and free images.
  2. Create Content In Your Authentic Voice: Capture the attention of your audience by letting your personality shine as you write. Otherwise, they will just stare at the pretty pictures as they scroll by instead of connecting with you and the content.
  3. Social Media Engagement: Post regularly even if the content is old. Some of your content will become relevant again. For example a holiday recipe can be shared every year. Also engage in other peoples content by commenting, liking, sharing and following.
  4. Networking: It’s important to network in person and online. Online networking will happen organically each time you interact with someone but in person will require quite a bit of effort. So join a network that will update you on events and workshops like Black Bloggers United and Windy City Blogger Collective.
  5. Build A Blog Tribe: Now that you’re proud of the look, and feel of your site people will start to reach out to you and you will be confidently reaching back. Be careful not to spread yourself too thin, and remember it’s okay to say no. You must protect your brand by aligning only with companies and individuals that you think will represent you and your brand in a positive way.
 Meet Michaela

  Windy City Wardrobe Role:Editor In Chief & Photographer

  Professional Background:Incident Management & Photography & Project Management & Security

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 Meet Dāsha

Windy City Wardrobe Role:Founder & Content Creator & Creative Director

Professional Background:Personal Styling & Social Services & Retail Management

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 Meet Jillian AKA DJ Jillian

Windy City Wardrobe Role:Creative Coach & Collaborator

  Professional Background: Graphic Design & Social Media Marketing & Disc Jockey

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 Meet Jalpa

Windy City Wardrobe Role:Collaborator & Event Journalist

Professional Background:Marketing & Content Creation & Personal/Commercial Styling

Connect w/Jalpa via BLOG, INSTAGRAM,FACEBOOK,TWITTER
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 Meet Paige

Windy City Wardrobe Role:Collaborator & Event Journalist

 Professional Background:Public Relations & Marketing

  Connect w/Paige via BLOG, INSTAGRAM,FACEBOOK,TWITTERpaigemariah_0013-2

 

 Last, but not least there is my mother, Michelle.

Windy City Wardrobe Role: Traveling Assistant & Cheerleader

Professional Background: Custom Pastry Chef & Phlebotomist & Medical Coding

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My blog tribe is spread out all over the Midwest and we constantly learn from each other. So don’t let the borders of your mind or your location limit you. It takes team work to make the dream work!20150820_101736As always thank you for reading, commenting, and liking!

WITH LOVE,

Dāsha

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly says:

    HI, Dasha! We are just now seeing this post! Thank you so much for including our business in it! We appreciate it so much, and we love the encouragement you’ve provided your readers with in this post! Have a great day!

    1. Dāsha says:

      You’re two are more than welcome. I’m just trying to pay the wealth of knowledge forward!

  2. Ak Brown says:

    Love this!

    1. Dāsha says:

      Thank you; I hope you find the information useful.

  3. sunroksus says:

    Great advice. I just haven’t figured out the reach out and get paid part.

    1. Dāsha says:

      No worries, it’ll happen. Just keep blogging!

  4. laurynwang says:

    Thank you for coming to my blog! Now I am returning the favor! xoxo

  5. Michelle says:

    Thanks Love I will always be your cheerleader.

  6. Shanna Fujii says:

    Hi beautiful! Thanks for mentioning Bloguettes in your post! We’re so glad to be of service 🙂 We’ll be taking our branding workshop to the Windy City on Oct 17-18–maybe we’ll see you there! 🙂
    –Shanna from Bloguettes

    1. Dāsha says:

      You’re more than welcome Shanna,thanks for stopping by!

  7. dannie54 says:

    I love everything about this. The four initial tips are super helpeful given where I am in my blogging career. I can’t wait for the day when I can actively begin looking for my own blog tribe. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Your tribe is beautiful!

    xoxo,
    Stile.Foto.Cibo

    1. Dāsha says:

      I’m sooo happy this helped Dannie! When I initially saw your post I was so sad and speechless. (And I’m rarely speechless) You already have the passion,just don’t give up. GOOD LUCK 👍

      1. dannie54 says:

        Thanks Dasha!

  8. Great post Dasha! It’s very inspiring and motivating! 🙂

    1. Dāsha says:

      Thanks! Sometimes you have to be reminded that no one makes it alone even if it appears that way there’s a whole team in the background.

      1. You’re welcome! That is so very true! 🙂

  9. What an amazing, beautiful and inspiriting post ! I’m learning more and more about the blogging world from people like you. If not for the sharing and caring, I would actually be feeling really intimidated about my blog right now. lol 🙂

    1. Dāsha says:

      Aww😄 You’re welcome,so glad I could help!

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