Welcome to day 3 and letter C of my Penguin Pointers series. Today I want to talk about something that can make a world of difference in your life. It’s honestly the driving force behindmost things.
Communities can be found everywhere you look and you wont have to look too hard to find one where you belong…not in this day and age. With the world wide web at most of our fingertips we can find our tribe no matter what that tribe looks like.
You just have to be open to it.
When I was 27 years old I got online for the first time (late bloomer?) and it took me very little time to stumble across a message board that led me to find some of the best friends I’ve ever had. To this day I’m still in contact with some of them.
When I was a little older than that I found my way to a church in Anchorage whose motto was ‘Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds.’ and I met two of the most amazing woman I’ve ever known. One of which is still pushing me to write the book that I’ve been talking about for 10 years.
And most recently all of you here at WordPress.
When I first started blogging a little over a year ago I had no idea what this community was like. I don’t think I would have believed someone had I not seen it for myself.
I wrote every day for 2 months and had 48 followers. There is nothing wrong with that, but I can’t lie, I wanted more. Then on a Sunday afternoon when Steve had inventory I was poking around on WP when I stumbled on to a Meet and Greet. I had no idea what a Meet and Greet was but I clicked in. It was hosted by my (now) friend Danny over at Dream Big, Dream Often and it changed my entire blogging life…no exaggeration.
I posted my links and then spent the next several hours clicking on other blogs…reading, commenting, liking, following….CONNECTING!
Maybe C should stand for both Community and Connecting!
Over the next month my followers more than tripled. I tell you this not to say ‘hey hey (nudge nudge)…this how you get followers!!’ But to let you know that by putting myself out there and taking the time to genuinely connect with others my community started to grow.
The community I’ve become a part of here encourages me to be the best I can be. I try to do the same for them. We can push each other, be a sounding board for each other, encourage, support, help, guide and even grow with each other. It’s an amazing thing don’t you think?
We all have to hustle for what we want. We all have to put in the energy to be the best we can be. But having a community of people who GET you can make all the difference. No one gets where they are going alone. We all need help, even if that help is just a kind word or a pat on the back now and then.
So do yourself a favor and find your tribe. They are waiting with open arms!
Thanks for reading!