Building my tribe

I guess you could say I was raised in humble surroundings, with an understanding at a very early age that a thing I might desire would not come my way until I first imagined it as mine and then try to earn it. We didn’t have much, even in comparison to our neighbors, so my youthful expectations were that once I reached the quasi-independence of my mid-teen years, life would then be a steady build towards success (whatever that might look like) and security (ditto). Looking back, I credit my father who seemed to optimistically face life each day knowing that things were always better than they used to be, and that years from now they would be better still. In modern business speak, he took the long view. 

I was reminded of his approach while I examined the statistics on WordPress for this blog you’re visiting and reading. Writing a blog is a lonely endeavor for the vast majority of people who give it a try. To gain notoriety, both good and bad, it seems you have to do one of four things:

  1. Beat everyone else to the punch with new information or a new twist on the old
  2. Be provocative, mean, or outrageous
  3. Post a video of someone unknown doing one interesting thing that many of us wish we had the courage to do, or that makes us turn away with shame, embarrassment, or incredulity
  4. Be original and consistent with an overall message that resonates deeply with readers

Although #1, 2, and 3 are wildly successful methods by the way success is measured today (i.e. # of page hits, the mainstream media breathlessly lending credence to that one measure by referring to anything popular as having gone “viral”), I can assure you that they are not my style. The number of visitors to my blog increases on a daily basis and although it’s reassuring to know I’m not writing into a complete void, and while I appreciate each authentic visit, I’m arriving at the conclusion that the number is not an important metric.  Check out this blog post from Neal Shaffer in which he lists his favorite blogs from Seth Godin.   The one that I most clearly relate to is #10…..Use Social Media to Build Your Own Unique Tribe, 10 People at a Time

I’ve decided to take the long view and build my tribe.  Want to be part of it?  🙂

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

One Response to Building my tribe

  1. Rich Panarese says:

    I’ve thought about writing a blog on the complete breakdown of the american system of government but I don’t think anyone would read it. So, I guess I’ll settle for reading yours.

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