Since I started blogging almost four years ago, I have constantly looked for ways to make posting, sharing and life just plain easier when it comes to social engagement. With a slew of apps, sharing buttons, ways to pre-post, schedule and share. It’s been a ride trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t for myself and my blog. And frankly after all this time, I feel as though I haven’t gained new connections with people but rather lost them.
Do Groups Like Triberr Create Noise?
I came across this article, after debating with my feelings on Triberr and why I’m thinking of leaving that particular community. And I have to say, I somewhat agree with what this author is talking about where communities, apps and plugins like Triberr tend to move us away from truly connecting with people.
I know it’s a risk, leaving a group where my reach is over 700,000 through the Tribes I belong to. And in the beginning after seeing retweets and connections being made, almost triple. I thought WOW! This is awesome, people are actually hearing me, reading my blog, connecting because they want to. Oh how I was wrong.
Triberr is generic. It isn’t human. I see a post I like and I click share on Triberr, along with 200 other people. That post goes out to hopefully connect with others, but honestly the bottom line is there is no human element to my tweets. It’s just random noise being created in a feed. So much so that I haven’t used Twitter in the past six months (manually) and just allowed automated systems to try to generate traffic to my blog.
It’s important when dealing with PR firms and companies wanting to connect with you that you have great numbers. But somewhere along the way I realized that I have lost not only my reason for sharing and connecting, but I put a dollar sign value on what I do everyday. And that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I want the brands I work with to know my readers care about what I write.
I Miss Connecting Because I Care – Not Caring That I Connect.
So through all of this, I have decided to do a little experiment. I’m going to leave Triberr, all my groups. I’m going to remove anything automated. Now this is a big risk for me, because in the last two months I’ve seen my pageviews almost double, from 16,000 to 30,000 and my uniques are on the rise. So why would I take this risk?
It’s simple really, I want to know that people who are sharing my content with others are sharing it because they want to, not because it’s part of some automated system or some button people are pressing because they have to. I want to get back to my roots of sharing content I believe is a good fit for the community or niche my blog is in. I want to get back to the human element of being online, connecting with others, caring about what they are posting and sharing that post because I think it’s something others would like to read and because I like to read it.
I’d Rather 4 people read my blog because they enjoy what I write rather than 200 people who couldn’t care less.
I’m tired of seeing posts shared, tweets retweeted automatically, generated content simply to drive traffic to a website with no real value to why its being done. There’s only one word for it aside from noise. It’s called SPAM, and I no longer wish to be part of that movement.
I’m not trying to convince anyone to leave Triberr. If you are part of the group and love it, and it works for you. That’s great. I’m only doing what I feel is right for me.
I started this blog as a way to connect with others, share what it’s like raising a child with special needs, give my opinion on products I love, and connect with others who do the same, with posts that have added value, material that makes us think, learn and grow. Not just to boost my numbers so I can land that next big blog deal that comes my way.
And if a company doesn’t want to work with me because my numbers aren’t as big as someone elses. I’m okay with that. Because I would rather know that what I do write about actually is read, appreciated and shared by individuals who enjoy reading my blog. Instead of a million people who stop by then leave within 30 seconds.
There are still blogs I follow regularly, and I will support my fellow Tribe Mates outside of using the system. I will share the content they write, support their pages, retweet them and hopefully rebuild a more solid foundation built on sharing because I care and want to, rather than because they are simply in my tribe.
That means more to me than anything Triberr’s global reach can provide.
Note: Thanks for all your comments. This post in no way is reflection against Triberr. It’s a great service and I love it. I am doing an experiment to see how manually supporting my site goes without using something automated like Triberr. Everyone is free to use whatever works for them or their blog. I wish everyone the best success and in no way wish to offend anyone who uses Triberr to help gain followers or not.