This is a guest post by my friend and fellow blogger Danielle Bernock. She writes from the heart, teaching people that they’re loved, they matter, and that their lives can be extraordinary. Today she shares what a caring and committed community can do for any writer!
You’re Not Alone – So Don’t Be
They say writing is a lonely job. It doesn’t have to be.
Certainly we’re alone with our words when we first bleed or vomit them out. But alone and lonely are two different things.
There are networks available. These networks carry the power of community reminding us we’re not alone.
Loneliness is a choice, not a mandate.
Don’t be alone—find the power of the network.
Finding the Power of the Network
I wrote my first book because I had a story to tell. But I was timid.
Vulnerability scared me.
Writing it was a journey of painful growth. I don’t know how many times I listened to Sara Bareilles’s song Brave to help me let the words fall out.
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. ― Emma Donoghue, Room
Once I had my manuscript I needed help to make it an actual book.
Google© became a close friend.
I found the answers I needed through articles and videos created to help people like me in their writing journey.
Without that network of kind souls my book would not exist.Loneliness is a choice, not a mandate. Click To Tweet
Learning From the Power of the Network
Then came the really hard part. Publishing. Allowing others to read what I had written.
It sounds stupid now but my greatest fear was that someone would actually read it. Why would I have gone through all that trouble and not want to share it?
Yet inside I still believed mine was a story that had to be told so I took courage and self-published via Createspace.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ― Nelson Mandela
I didn’t do a book launch. Never heard of one.
I had no Twitter or Instagram account to market with.
My network to share was my family, friends and a personal Facebook page with a couple hundred friends.
I learned through this small network my book was changing people’s lives.
That meant I needed to get it into more people’s hands. Now I needed to learn marketing.
Through the network of the internet I learned I needed to start a blog. And so it began. A new journey.I wrote my first book because I had a story to tell. Click To Tweet
Community is the Power of the Network
Once again, a timid start. I knew nothing except my close friend Google© who led me to a lot of free help and my mentor Jeff Goins.
Jeff champions the values of generosity and community.
After six months hearing about the power of community I became a Tribe Writer.
The Tribe Writer community blew me away with its welcoming diversity and gentle yet firm encouragement.
I made friends with people around the world who were on the same journey of writing as I was. We were not alone. We were together and it was empowering.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.― Helen Keller
I met Frank in Tribe Writers. He modeled the spirit of community Jeff fosters.
Frank helped me with my manifesto. He helped me rewrite my book description. When I launched my book on Kindle, he was in my launch group. He showed me how to have a clear call to action.
He helped me embrace my platform personality—if I can do it so can you.
When Frank started his group Tribe Builders Network I jumped at the chance to be part of it.
I expected that same type of community.Without that network of kind souls my book would not exist. Click To Tweet
The Power of a Generous Network
Tribe Builders Network has exceeded my expectations.
With the spirit of generosity and community we help each other share our work to build our tribes.
Everyone has their own tribe to build, their own platform personality, their own niche and their own favorite social media’s to use. Everyone is at a different stage of growth.
The diversity is beautiful.
In addition to sharing, we also celebrate each other’s victories and encourage each other in the hard places.
The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.― Keith Ferazzi
I have grown in so many ways.
With the help of the Tribe Builder’s Network community I have passed many milestones on my journey.
The first one was passing 2000 followers on Twitter. I put it out there as my goal and the group rallied to help me achieve it. Then they celebrated with me when I made it.
With the help of the Tribe Builder’s Network I passed my goal of 1000 views on my site in a single month and have increased every month since.
I’ve increased in subscribers, guest posts, gotten into a number of publications and more.
One of the biggest assets in anyone’s life is a generous network. It is a gift that grows simply by sharing it. — Deborah Mills-Scofield
The power of the network – works!
Tap Into the Power of the Network
- Join the Tribe Builders Network here.
- Grab this free download of Dare to Believe here.
- Visit Danielle’s website.
- Get your copy of Emerging With Wings on Amazon.
Danielle Bernock is an encourager, author and blogger. She takes great pleasure in helping others realize their value and potential. After breaking free from the wounds of her own childhood trauma she champions the inner healing of others. Her first book Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals continues to change lives.