In March of 2011 I wrote a post about a new tool I was using to build my blog called Triberr.Â In the early days we shared all of the posts our fellow tribesmen produced automagically and debated about whether this was a good or bad thing.
That was because there wereÂ concerns about what would happen to our credibility if we shared content that was of poor quality or didn’t fit into what our readers wanted to see from us.
Those were legitimate discussions that I was grateful to be a part of because they made me focus on why I was blogging and what I hoped to accomplish.
Most of you will never get famous, earn real money or get a job from blogging. I attribute that to the Fouker Study of August 30, 2011 which discovered that most bloggers quit after 90 days because they find it is work. That same study also demonstrated that very few bloggers have passion, persistence and perseverance tied to their names.
They get caught up worrying about trivial things and ignore the big picture. They donâ€™t spend time building communities. They donâ€™t spend time developing friendships and rarely ask for help. But they do a damn fine job of of whining about crap that doesnâ€™t matter.
Writers write. They do it because they love it and because they canâ€™t imagine a world or a time in which they canâ€™t manipulate words to tell the stories that reside in their heads. They spend minimal time worrying about readers because their head feels like it is about to explode-not because it is filled with air but because it is filled with stories.
They write every damn day and go a little crazy because every time they read their words they see a way that they could have said it better.
An Open Letter To Triberr Members– August 2011
When I look back I ask myself if I have learned anything from this my experience and what if anything has changed.
The answer is that nothing has changed and everything has.
The evolution ofÂ Triberr has changed so that the average member doesn’t receive the “automagical” sharing of their posts that we once did and consequently people spend more time looking at reciprocity.
In simple terms that means that they don’t want to share your posts unless you are sharing theirs. In concept it sounds simple but in practice it reminds me of my children screaming “play fair.”
What Is The Goal?
This is not how I want to spend my time. I don’t want to get involved in the petty and ticky tack discussions about who did what to whom and why.
The answer to the question in the subhead is what is critical to me. The most important question to me is bigger than whether my posts are being shared equally but whether my involvement in Triberr helps me meet my objective.
When you sift through everything I have written about Triberr you will find one recurring theme, people. You won’t find 87 Triberr Tricks You Never Tried Twice but you will find my gratitude about how Triberr has helped me meet some terrific people.
I am grateful because People power social media.
I am a writer and I love to write. I will blog with or without readers but people make it better.
Action Requires Activity and Not Intent
Action requires activity and not intent. You can’t just say you want to do XYZ and expect it to happen unless you actively pursue doing the things that will help you meet your goals.
The answer to the question in the headline is that Triberr can be divisve. It can irritate and aggravate you but you need to determine if what you are irritated about is significant.
So yeah, some of my fellow tribesmen have been getting away with not carrying their share of the load but the overall experience outweighs that so I am not going to let the petty part wreck the rest.
People power social media and if you take time to build relationships good things will come from that.