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Too Much of a Good Thing

The day before my Twitter debacle a couple of weeks ago (I was banned for 12 days due to a misunderstanding, but I’m back now), I joined a new Triberr tribe called Power Sharers. For those of you scratching you chins wondering what the heck Triberr is, it’s a new website that allows bloggers to come together with like minded bloggers and use social media to amplify their presence. Huh? Okay, let me try again.

Let’s say I write a blog post (like this one!). It’s then loaded into the tribes I’m a member of on Triberr. A tribe is nothing more than a group of people that are (hopefully) like minded and willing to share each others posts. So I’ve written this blog article and it’s loaded into the available queues for everyone on Triberr that is a tribemate of mine. Each of them then has the opportunity to decide which social media networks they’re members of that they want to share the blog on (if any). In my experience the most used social media stream is Twitter.

There’s more than just sharing others blog posts though, it also provides a handy and useful tool for me to find other blogs worth reading. It shows me the title, author, and a snippet of the blog article. If I like it, I can read the entire thing. So in this way I’m not (personally) just blindly sharing content, I’m making sure it’s interesting first. Interesting to me, at least.

Now back to my Triberr experience. I was in a few groups that were focused on writing and writers, primarily. Then I got the invite to join Power Sharers. It seemed look a good opportunity to expand my reach so I jumped on it. Now I’m wondering if I jumped in over my head! Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of potential with this group, but there are also several serious bloggers in here. Serious as in multiple posts a day. That means when I log into Triberr to check out my stream of available posts to share, It’s not an easy task anymore! What used to be 5 – 10 minutes is now 20 – 30, and that’s if I do it twice a day!

Furthermore I feel kind of bad. The vast majority of posts I do not share. It’s not that they don’t have value, in most cases, it’s that they aren’t things that would be of benefit to me or to the presence I’ve established via my social presence. I don’t write or tweet about how to make money blogging, for example, nor do I focus on sharing how to properly engage and motivate employees. Good topics worthy of reading up on, but they’re not my niche. My followers share similar interests with me, and while there may be a few that like to see those blogs, the majority do not. I’m more concerned about spamming out unwanted information and losing people (or getting banned again, though I have no reason to believe I would be). And so I carefully wade through the list of would-be blog posts and trim each daily list of a hundred or so down to three to five.

Ultimately I’m here to help my followers by giving them something I think is valuable and to help myself by reading these blogs and expanding my own reach. I’m happy to do some quid pro quo where it’s appropriate with another blogger, but I also understand if what I blog about has nothing to do with their social presence. Bummer for me, perhaps, but it’s a two way street and I’m okay with it. Exposing myself (legally and in a non-age restricted fashion) is not as important as keeping the faith of the people I’ve already got. My readers and followers come first, but having said that if I’m making any presumptions on their benefit I can just as easily stop – all I need is a friendly bit of feedback.

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  1. October 28, 2012 at 14:35

    Good points, Jason. Ultimately, whether our “following” is large or small, we must keep faith with them.

  2. October 28, 2012 at 18:52

    Hey Jason. I feel overwhelmed too sometimes with the power sharers because there are so many types of blog posts as you said. I am a travel blog writer and thats my interest. However, I have shared posts that don’t pertain to my niche, but like you said I don’t want to flood my field with stuff that has no relevance to travel. Plus, there are so MANY to approve especially if you miss a day. I do what I can and if something catches my eye I like, I approve it. If someone out of my niche approves something for me, I will reciprocate. Martina in the above comment has been nice enough to approve some of mine and I really appreciate it. This social media stuff is crazy sometimes and people are way too sensitive these days. Do what you need to do and hey, you can’t please everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 28, 2012 at 19:13

      Some of yours have stuck out to me and I admit, I’ve been more than a little interested. Often outside my niche but that doesn’t mean I’m above shouting it out. Especially since I enjoy traveling myself…as long as there’s a babysitter involved for the kids (until they get old enough to travel better, that is).

  3. Cate Russell-Cole
    October 28, 2012 at 19:12

    Jason, I use Triberr and it’s been one of the greatest tools I’ve discovered. The way I manage it is to have rules though. As I am a business and have a blog with a focus, I skim through the posts, will give a thumbs up to the ones I like, but I only read and pass on ones that fit with the message I am emitting, which is passing on resources for writers. There is no obligation to read and approve everything.

    If you tell me about your cat, fight with your husband or the price of bread going up, it won’t be read or accepted into my stream. I know that may sound mean, but Triberr depends on more than me. In my tribe what I don’t pass on, many others do and I #ff my tribe members. They still love me regardless and they are an awesome bunch.

    I hope this helps in some way. Hang in there with Triberr, it is worth it!

    • October 28, 2012 at 19:17

      All these comments, and this one in particular, have me thinking my blog came across the wrong way. Yes, there’s a lot of stuff to wade through and it can be tedious at times, but I didn’t mean to complain or make anyone think I was considering bailing. Far from it!

      If anything it was my way of sharing to my tribemates the behind-the-scenes thinking I go through, as well as sharing with my blog followers what the heck I’m doing and why I might toss out the occasional off the wall tweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      But hey, I very much appreciate the feedback and support! That’s great to see / hear / read no matter what the topic. Thanks!

      • Cate Russell-Cole
        October 28, 2012 at 20:53

        No, it did come across as assessing it from all angles and being fair to tribe mates. I didn’t think you were considering bailing, just overwhelmed! (Which it can be!) It was really good for me to read about Triberr from someone else’s point of view. I was just throwing my two cents in. If you would like to join my tribe, you’re welcome! The link is on my sidebar base on my blog.

      • October 30, 2012 at 17:53

        It’s the same for me I often read your posts, but I don’t always share them because they are not necessarily of interest to my target audience. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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