Tribe Talk 001

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 8.15.18 AMIn case you’ve missed it, I’m passionate about tribes, and working within and through them. So I thought I’d do a series on how they work for me, and with November being Author Blitz month for me, I think it’s a great place to start.

So I spent this morning explaining a little bit about social media, how I use it, and its role in tribes and villages.

You can watch the video HERE.

In a nutshell, it explains the following:

•It explains villages and tribes…

•How we are just millions of dots randomly spread everywhere. Nowhere near the highways.

•That there are virtual highways, and if we organize ourselves well, we can place ourselves along them.

•If we jostle, shout & push, we will get nowhere, but if we collaborate we will more likely find a place.

•But we tend to congregate now in bunches of our own, selling to each other and getting nowhere.

•Instead of a butcher, a baker & a seamstress, we are a row of authors, or a row of bloggers/fitness instructors/artist/etc. Our numbers aren’t putting us on the highways!

•Tribes, villages & Shopping centers work for a reason and we need to go back to them… But lets first look at the shop itself.

•Here is what they look like:

◦Home

◦Back of House

◦Back doorstep

◦Front of house

◦Shop Window

◦Lamppost

•They are slightly different depending on what kind of shop they are. Coffee shops are all front and barely any back. Dry Cleaners are all back and hardly any front. This is more than just space, it is also atmosphere and wanting to be there. Compare Starbucks front where it is all about the experience to dry cleaners who are notoriously grumpy.

•Do you simply provide a service regardless of how grumpy you are or do you need to draw customers in?

•This can feel overwhelming, but it needn’t be. This is what works for me:

◦I understand how these different parts work and why. I don’t waste time trying to make any of them be something they aren’t.

◦I have a strategy so that as I am working on each piece of the puzzle I am not stressing about the rest!

◦The pieces speak to each other! (e.g.: IG automatically posts to Fb, Blogs to Twitter and Fb etc)

◦Context is something you’ll hear me talk about a lot. I don’t try to do all things all the time. I spend time in each context and set it up well. No one puts posters on lamp posts every day, but now and then they pop out and check/replace them …. etc.

•We all belong to a number of villages. In the olden days we belonged to one and one only. It was physical, but it was also spiritual, educational, emotional, everything. But then people started moving to the city where they could choose their village and belong to a few. Study in one, live in another, work in a third and even worship in a fourth. It is a good thing for the most part but can also be lonely, fickle, & unreliable. The option of leaving means these villages can be unstable.

•A baker does not set up shop in a town of bakers. He sets up shop in a town with NO bakers… and lots of hungry people! In the olden days a bad baker who was the only baker still thrived. Now one has to be the best baker or people move on. And setting up against other bakers is asking for disaster.

•People in villages walk past our shops if they are shopping in other places. We need to belong to communities or tribes that will see our shop windows or our lamp posts when they are “surfing” their High Street. The villages/tribes that I belong to are:

◦My health community

◦Church

◦Expat

◦Neighbours

◦Old school buddies

◦Art associates

•But I need to reach beyond them. I need to have those in my community share my stuff so that their tribes can also see my stuff. And people hitting “like” through their newsfeed is not support that goes beyond them-and-me. Just last week I tagged a friend to show her a post she really needed to see as it was about her. She “liked” my comment but still did not take the action she needed to take (she didn’t even read it!). Click farms and Like farms have killed “like” as a support measure. We need “Comment Ambassadors” who aren’t bakers, to comment and share our content so that their tribes see it, more of my tribes see it, and those people passing by can see that it has a level of earthly worth.

•I’ll do another video on what this looks like and how to get it as soon as I can, as this is getting a bit long… so comment below as many questions as you like….

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•THERE ARE SOME BASICS HOWEVER:

•1: If people can’t find me at all, or they do and I have nothing to show, they will keep on walking past. You can’t change that fact.

•2: I need my shop fronts & windows to be active, clean, inviting, inspirational, warm, welcoming, and interesting.

◦IG

◦Fb

◦Website

◦Pinterest

◦YouTube

◦Goodreads

◦Amazon

◦The Mighty

•3: We cannot expect a place on the internet highways unless we collaborate, share, interact, and earn our place.

•4: Product/content is King!! Unless our products are brilliant, no formula in the world can make it a success.

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Where you can find and follow Jennifer:

YouTube |Blog | The Mighty | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon

@JPeaSmith

Art Blitz Giveaway!

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It’s October (In Australia anyway!) Woohoo, and as many of you already know, art is a huge part of my life, and I love teaching and sharing it with those who are interested. I also love sharing the things that I create, so I have decided to give some of them away each month, and create some fun giveaways! So this is how it’s going to work:

October is going to be Art Blitz Month in the @JPeaSmith world, and it is all about getting word out there about the YouTube channel (which is where I showcase my art and teach for free), and the Facebook GROUP (@JPeaSmith Art) where I post all the patterns and instructions for free, and I will be giving YOU points for helping me spread the word. The more you share and tell people about these, the more chances of winning.

There will be 3 prizes awarded in October, one for the person who collects the most YouTube Points, one for the person who collects the most Facebook Points, and one for the new, monthly Purple Heart Award which I will explain in the next post.

YOUTUBE POINTS (You will earn):

  • 1 point for subscribing to the YouTube channel (if you are already subscribed that counts too!).
  • 2 points for every one of your friends and family you get to subscribe as well 🙂
  • 2 point for every YouTube video you share directly to your Facebook page.
  • 2 points for sharing this post to a group you are in and recommending it.
  • 5 points for something truly clever that you might like to think of yourself. Interview me on a big blog, share the channel somewhere that gets a load of traction, let me know what you come up with! 🙂

FACEBOOK GROUP POINTS (You will earn):

  • 1 point for subscribing to the Facebook GROUP (@JPeaSmith Art) (if you are already subscribed that counts too!).
  • 2 points for every one of your friends and family you get to join the group as well 🙂
  • 5 points for making something from the YouTube channel yourself and sharing the pic on the Facebook Group 🙂

The onus is going to be on YOU to keep tabs on your points and record them EITHER on the comments on this post OR on the pinned post on my Author Facebook Page  or on the pinned post on Simply start a comment on the post, and as you collect points across the month, just add them, tagging the people you add as you go, and contribute to the fun. See the example below…

As your friends subscribe and join, they will start their own comment and start earning their own points right away!

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I have created a Prize Pool, which is a collection of things that I make on the YouTube channel, and through October I will add a new item each week, to the handful already in the pool. That means by the end of October, there will be a minimum of 10 things in the pool for the winners to choose from. The remaining prizes will stay in there for the next Giveaways, and any excuse I can find to send them to people for free 🙂

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Where you can find and follow Jennifer:

YouTube |Blog | The Mighty | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon

@JPeaSmith

YouTube Channel!

YouTube Basics 001 Introduction

So over the last few months, I’ve been doing a little videoing of my art as I go. I have been encouraged to start a YouTube channel for years but I could not see how it could fit in with my life, writing, resting, travelling etc. But then I stumbled upon a few ideas on how to do it easily. I used to teach art and I love teaching but hate being in front of a camera. So I’ve decided to just be me, stay off camera, and teach as usual… and let the rest flow. I’m loving it, and I’m not putting any pressure on myself at all.

I feel as though it has brought together all the things that I love doing. It also opened me up to a whole new audience. So if you are into art, or YouTube, or just want a look, I’d love it if you’d check it out. Some videos are short and sweet, others for the die hard art fans, are longer and more detailed, but there will be something there for everyone, and yes, they will also be a platform to me to share what I think about the world, health, writing, other authors, and so on … as well as a place to keep doing what I love most 🙂

It will also create things to give away through launches and other events, so watch this space 🙂 …and as always, I’d love your support so please feel free to check out the links on my facebook page etc and share them, subscribe etc 🙂

Subscribe to see them dry & what I do to them next!

http://ow.ly/QPnR30eqP4Y

@JPeaSmith
 
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