My Bloggy-blog Has Gone ATOMIC!
To discuss my new Atomic Tribe, I have to back up a step and talk about Triberr. And to talk about Triberr, I have to go back one step further and bring Twitter into the conversation. It’s a trail, see?
In the beginning, there was darkness.
Zeus saw that darkness was boring, so He made the internet.
Zeus found that boring, too, so He made social networks.
And He saw that this was good.*
Okay, so there I was, before that whole Atomic Tribe / Triberr/ Twitter nonsense even thought about being in my brain. I was just writing my bloggy-blog and having fun with getting enlightened and being controversial and making fun of people and being mad at society and pretend-arguing with Aaron @dadblunders and whatnot. Jolly good times. No pressure.
Zeus knew that social media would become boring soon enough.
So He created Twitter.
And He saw that this was good.*
Then, out of nowhere, my hubz is all like, “You have to get on Twitter to promote your posts.”
Disclosure for the uninformed: I am such a bitch. I totally made fun of my ex-mother-in-law for not ever wanting to get a microwave because they were too high-tech. Then I made fun of her for not wanting to get a computer for the same reason. Then I made fun of her for not wanting to switch from dial-up to wireless. And if we were still on speaking terms, I’d totally make fun of her for not getting on Twitter, much less Triberr. Mean of me, right?
Dear Ex-mother-in-law, I AM SORRY I MADE FUN OF YOU.
New things are scary and I hate them. Until I learn them, and then they are awesome because of my mastery over them. So yeah, I got on Twitter, made some friends, and started copying whatever they did. At first, I just chatted with a few people. Eventually, I saw that most Twitter users were re-tweeting links to blog posts. So I did that, too. I dived into conversations totally uninvited (because it’s PUBLIC, yo) and people liked me enough to NOT scream at me in ALL-CAPS to piss off.
Hoorayz for Team Andi-Roo!
Zeus got tired and whatnot.
He rested on the seventh day.
When He woke from his nappy-nap, He was pretty irritable.
So He made a great flood which He called the Blogosphere.
“If you build it, they will come.”
And Triberr was born.*
I don’t know how I got so lucky, but fortune smiled down upon me and I hooked up with some awesome bloggers right out the gate: Amberr (@amberrisme), Christina (@cmajaski) and Cari (@bubblegumcari). If you aren’t following them, you are missing out, because each has either hilarious or informative (sometimes BOTH at once) material. Plus, if you’re following me but not them, that’s just uber-silly of you. Anyway, they made me do the April 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge, and I guess since I was somehow able to keep up, I appeared capable enough to join them on Triberr.
Triberr is the most fantastic thing since scissors were invented. Definitely a rising force in social media, Triberr’s Mission says it all:
“To empower groups of bloggers
to effectively generate traffic,
and build engagement
around their blog.”
I feel like I’m sitting at the kewl kids’ table, and I keep looking around wondering how I got here. I’d love to pat myself on the back, but that would be silly, because we all know the truth: I’m a goofball who just happened to fall into the right crowd.
Swimming through the Twitter Sea,
you’re bound to drown…
unless you climb aboard.*
Let me tell you a bit more about the founders of Triberr, Dino and Dan. If you gotta problem, YO – they solve it. (Vanilla Ice, anyone? No? Just me then.) Both of these tech-savvy badasses are incredibly interactive with their followers. They have an open door when it comes to conversation, questions, problems, suggestions — and I should know, because I’ve engaged them in all sorts of chats. Also, they are super-nice. They have never once rolled their eyes at my stupidity where I could see it. That, my friends, takes a special kind of leadership. Even my hubz can’t keep his eye-rolling hidden. Plus, they are cute. Just sayin’.
Okay, but I’m pretty sure some of you are like, “That’s all well and good, Andi-Roo, but WTF is Triberr?” Excellent question. It’s this awesome club-kind-of-thing wherein members of smaller groups in the organization called Tribes agree to share each others blog posts. I belong to a few tribes currently, and it is so much fun! I have found articles and made friends I’d never have come across on my own. If you are a blogger, it’s DEFINITELY the way to go. I’d call it imperative, actually. It’s free, it’s excellent promotion for your blog, and it’s full of nice people. What more could an anti-social pariah like me ask for?
And now we come at last to my Atomic Tribe. Wuzzat? Here’s what Dino says about his new Atomic Tribe:
Atomic Tribe is the Next Generation RSS.
It’s a Social Email list.
It’s built for bloggers, by bloggers.
Your next question might be something along the lines of, “Why should I care about an Atomic Tribe?” I can give you several good reasons:
1. If you are a blogger, and you want to gain more readership, you are probably already on Twitter (and if you aren’t, you’d better head there RUN-DON’T-WALK). And since you’re on Twitter, you should join Triberr because it’s free and will only help you grow. And once you’ve gotten the swing of Triberr you will want to start your own Atomic Tribe because who wouldn’t want word-of-mouth promotions?
2. (((The most important reason for Andi-Roo))) –
Whether you’re a blogger or not, if you like my bloggy-blog, and you want to help me grow, I’m doing the BIG ASK now. Join my Atomic Tribe and help spread the word. It won’t hurt you any, will cost you nothing, and saves you time in sharing my material since it will happen automatically. If you’re already signed up to receive my posts via email or the RSS feed, going this extra step would really be appreciated.
3. Members of my Atomic Tribe will receive super-secret special content that non-subscribers won’t get to see. Because I love you. You don’t have to thank me. Unless you want to send me chocolate.
4. Fans can interact with each other! You guys can all get together and talk about my sweet writing skillz, my well-articulated points, and my bizarre subject matter. You can also talk about how sometimes I’m boring, or overly angry, or too depressive. And you can commiserate with one another when I regale you with depressing stories of life drama. Then we can get together for tea and scrumpets.
5. Atomic Tribe members will have a direct line to me and my hubz, so if you have questions or suggestions or complaints or dirty underwear, you can tell us all about it more easily, and we’ll be able to respond that much more quickly. Except for our children and the bloggy-blog itself, the Atomic Tribe will be our #1 priority. Well, okay, so that actually makes it our #3 priority. But that is pretty high up. Because we love you.
So what do *YOU* get out of all this Atomic Tribe nonsense?
(a) You get to continue to read great content from Andi-Roo, plus some!
(b) You get to interact with like-minded weirdos who also enjoy my rants.
(c) If you have a blog, your fellow tribemates will have the opportunity to view your blog and then subscribe through your profile.
See? Win-Win. Now get out there and subscribe to my Atomic Tribe. And pass me the nutz while you’re at it!
And Zeus was pleased.*
*May be an inaccurate retelling of Biblical &/or internet-related events. Please review prime sources for more details.