Oh, golly, I have not been doing a very good job for my blog community. It has been far too long since I posted. Or better said, it has been far too long since I contributed (there is a difference - I could post every day with something that sounds like "buy my new book" but that would not contribute to you at all.)
I am a lax blogger. I have not shared a new post in FOREVER!
And I am a lax book marketer (all writers must be marketers or risk being unread - the ultimate failure). Ideally, I would be "out there" with book-related posts and readings and speeches but I am nowhere. And it is not because the book is not important to me; in fact, I REALLY want my latest to do well and be widely read.
And the lesson in all this is that if we want to belong to a vibrant community we have to feed it. We have to do our part to make it better and keep it alive. Honestly, this is an area of weakness for me. I am most comfortable being an introverted recluse. I could honestly be alone in the wilderness for a long time and not freak out. I don't invite people to coffee and I should. I rarely take the initiative to meet new people at conferences. And I am not very good at keeping up with people - people who I care about, BTW. I have not gone to see my father in far too long.
Ok, that was a good vent. I feel a bit better now.
Feeding the community is a deliberate thing, but does not need to be a huge burden. We can do one or two things each week to feed our communities. Send out a few emails asking to connect. Do 10 minutes of MBWA. Contribute to social media (with something other than a picture of your lunch entre). Thank someone. Offer your help.
FEEDing a community looks like:
- Support - Helping some make progress and move forward. This an awesome gift.
- Innovation and expansion - Being a provocateur, helping someone think bigger.
- Education - Offering mentoring, coaching, and helping people grow.
- Re-resonate - Sometimes we like a well-delivered reminder to "snap" us back into alignment. Case in point - How many books about success say basically the same thing? Millions! And yet we like to read each slightly new spin. Messages like that success does not make us happy..... We know this!
- Following - Being there and being a good team member. Doing our part.
- Connecting - Building relationships, creating common bonds and using our diverse talents. Showing care that warms people.
Of the above criteria, I am naturally better at Innovation and Education. I stink at Support, Following, and Connecting. I will do them when asked, but I don't show as much initiative in these areas as I would like.
What about you? I know I am not the only one who struggles to feed their communities.
I am going to shoot for one contribution on this blog per week (requests to buy my book don't count toward the goal). If you have any burning management questions you'd like me to address, let me know. Otherwise it will be a surprise! I want to be a better community member.