Community Building August 13, 2020

You Want a Tribe.

Rosie Sherry @rosiesherry
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    I don't like being a hater and bringing negativity to a discussion but I feel like I have to get this off my chest: am I the only one who thinks some people write a lot without saying much? I've read Arvid's book and it was really painful to read, so much nonsense. I think it can be summarized in a few paragraphs.

    Same goes for this article. It's just stuff regurgitated/rephrased from Seth Godin's blog/books. 80% of the content online today is just regurgitated stuff written for SEO/virality. No real value whatsoever.


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      It's sad to see many people including me, have to think speaking against popularity equals to being a hater.

      I came here to put a comment "No I don't." and after taking a quick look on the article, first paragraph starts with;

      According to Seth Godin, a tribe is a group of people that are connected to each other, an idea, and a leader.

      No it's not according to Seth Godin, it's according to English Vocabulary.

      Google's definition of "tribe";

      a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.

      Like it's hard to empathize/discuss with someone who read past this line. And it's definitely hard to be against to someone who can sell this line.

      Now since Seth Godin is a billionaire/millionaire and I don't know who Arvid is but he probably sold thousands of copies, they are the successful ones and I'm the hater 🤷‍♂️ They are the "leaders" who'll put our procrastination to an end.

      I wonder any of you who follow these guys, listen to their advice to wake up at 5, became a millionaire or made a thousand bucks just with the advices.

      Long story short, you don't need leaders you need friends. If a "tribe" only shines on a leader, just avoid it.

      edit: As the saying goes by "It’s Easier to Fool People Than to Convince Them That They Have Been Fooled"

      edit2: And a genius downvotes without a response, that's how you know the profile.

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        That's what I love about the indie hacker community here and on Twitter. It really isn't about the leaders, it's about lifting each other up and sharing stories, successes, failures, and hard-earned knowledge.

        Money Twitter is a totally different community, and while there is some overlap there, it always feels a bit icky to me.

        Thanks for sharing your perspective, that was very insightful!

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    Hey Rosie,

    I read Arvid's book. It was really great.

    I was just checking out your website + thought I'd reach out.

    Right now I'm in the process of trying on different 'tribes'.

    I want to find a good book about communities -- in particular I'm interested in learning about participating in communities + ways to think about whether or not a community is a good personal fit for me. I was looking through your book list + there seemed to be a lot of relevant stuff there... but there are so many books to choose from.

    I was wondering if there were 1 or 2 books in particular you might recommend.

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      I liked:
      The Art of Community
      Get Together: How to Build a Community
      Community: The Structure of Belonging
      The Art of Gathering

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        I would add "Tribes" by Seth Godin for a marketing-centric perspective.

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    In addition to this blog post, I recorded a podcast episode where I also speak about my experience with several communities, both for FeedbackPanda and beyond. Particularly the incredible response to my book launch in the Indie Hacker community was something that I just needed to talk about! :)

    Please feel free to check it out here:

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    Thanks for sharing, Rosie :D

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