|Top to Bottom then Left to Right: Skye, Chelsea, Morgan, Kelsey, Nat, Aubrey, Cassie, Kate|
|Not exclusively mind you. I’ve also got my mentor, Gussy…|
And then there are all those lovely people in my life who are not directly involved in blogging and handmade businesses like me. So if those chicks in photo 1 are my tribe then the rest make up my social circles (ahem, I’m using the word circle as in your “circle of friends” or like you might say someone “moves in many [social] circles”). You know family and friends…
[Shane + I] [Mom + Dad] [Friends/Camping] [Friends/Beach]
If you’re feeling a bit lonely, go out and gather your tribe. Here is what I did…
1. Blog hop. Spend a week reading blogs and hopping around to check out others. Have a goal that by Sunday night you’ve identified 10 (ish) people that you would like to have in your tribe.
2. Connect. Leave thoughtful (non-spammy) comments when you blog hop. And if it’s your thing join the conversation on Twitter & Facebook.
3. Send an email! The worst thing that can happen is that people will say “no.” Which is not “no, I don’t like you” it’s more likely, “no thank you, I don’t have time right now,” “no thank you, that’s not really how I like to connect,” or “no thank you, I’m intimidated and not ready for this yet.”
4. Be willing to do the heavy lifting at first. Organizing a group is a lot of work. Put together a meeting agenda, use Doodle.com to pick a date, send reminders, and TALK TALK TALK during the first meeting to make everyone comfortable. Oh and if all that sounds totally overwhelming enlist a partner. I did and Skye is awesome.
Ok so no excuses, go find your tribe.