What makes a community?
Okay, that’s a question with a number of correct answers. The one I’m going for here is “an atmosphere of helpfulness and giving”. Or, as Bill and Ted would say, “Be excellent to each other, dudes!”
Bill and Ted – do y’all remember Bill and Ted? Please say yes – were on to something. If you’re trying to build community on your blog, you won’t go wrong by being excellent to your readers.
I’ve been visiting a number of blogs thanks to the two blog challenges I’ve participated in recently. I feel pretty safe in saying that from what I’ve seen, you have the “be excellent” thing down pretty good. Here’s some of what I’ve seen:
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Tutorials. You know how to do something, or you have a need to learn it real fast. So you work up a tutorial to help others learn the same thing.
Publicity. Whether it’s a link round-up or using the CommentLuv plugin or having a “Top Commentors” plugin, you’re helping other bloggers get traffic by letting your readers know they exist (and the Google link-juice doesn’t hurt, either).
Free reports. I know people use free reports as a “thank you” for signing up to mailing lists or other actions. But if they’re filled with useful information that helps people? That’s still being pretty darn excellent, in my opinion.
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Moral support. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen encouraging comments when someone mentioned something they were nervous about or having difficulty with.
Sharing. Maybe this should go under publicity, but it’s an extra bit of effort to do, so I’m listing it by itself. You share other people’s posts on different social media platforms, giving them a chance at a greater audience and, of course, the “social proof” that search engines are all over these days.
So give yourself a high five, Bill and Ted-style, and keep up the good work.
Time to toot your own horn! What have you done to help your community? Or toot someone else’s horn: what have you seen someone else do that you thought was a great example of being excellent to their community? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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