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Building Your Blog Community with @DinoDogan of #Triberr

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

I am Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone and Making Discoveries

I wanted to meet Dino in person and ask him some questions about Triberr. I have learned so much and connected with so many wonderful bloggers through Triberr and I wanted to thank him. He and Dan Cristo are so gracious and helpful to all the members of Triberr and have been quick to respond to any questions that I have had through the process of becoming a tribe member and in building my own tribes. When I found out that Dino would be at NMX, I knew I would have a chance to get to know him.

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I wouldn’t say that I exactly hunted Dino down in Las Vegas, but I did put a word out to him on Twitter and Facebook that my friends and I wanted to meet up with him. He was great about getting back to me and letting me know where he would be. We almost joined his group for dinner the first night. I was “looking out for him” the whole time the first day. Our paths crossed a few times and I had the chance to pass him my business card at Penn Jillette’s keynote presentation. But it wasn’t until the final hour at the Expo that I finally came face to face with Dino and had a chance to talk for a few minutes. In that amount time we talked about why meeting people in person was important, how Triberr makes it possible for any blogger to have a huge reach and participate in campaigns even when their “numbers” are low, and how the Affinity algorithm works on Triberr enabling your posts to show up high on your tribe mates’ stream when you share their posts. We could have gone on talking forever! I had so many questions and Dino was great about answering them all. (While standing in the middle of crowds of people at the Expo mind you!) We decided to talk later and set up an interview.

About an hour after I tweeted this on Tuesday 1/28…

@dinodogan Hi there! I’d love to talk to you some more and follow up on my questions from NMX. Interview? Casual chat? Up to you. :)”

…we were on Skype deciding on a time and method for the interview. After some technical difficulties and postponing on my end – we spoke for 40 minutes last night and recorded a wonderful Q&A about “Building Your Blog Community.” From the Matrix to Lady Gaga, Dino sites quotes with a dynamic expression of love for what he does and why he is doing it. I asked him about how to leverage Triberr as a way to build my readership and grow my online community and we discussed the value of contributing your best work to the community and watch how it grows in leaps and bounds.

Click below on the video title: Building Your Blog Community on my TV Page viewer:

 

High Points from Q&A with Dino Dogan of Triberr on Building Your Blog Community:

January 30, 2014

I asked Dino, How does being in a tribe grow my community? How do I get more readers?

He asked, What does a community mean to you? Does it mean comments, links, shares, in person connections, Skype, Twitter, Facebook connections?

Seeing my numbers go up. Stay on my blog longer. It’s a big black hole out there. You have a sense that someone is looking at it, but you don’t quite know. Only other bloggers comment on my blog.I want to reach out to other people through Triberr and to reach out to their people. I don’t want to hunt them down. I count my Twitter community.

Dino says, Forget about the online world. The community is basically a bunch of people. Ask, “How can I contribute to this community?”

I have to bring up the Matrix. Agent Smith says, “Humans are viruses.”

What can I get out of the community? That’s the wrong question to ask.

The right question to ask is, “What can I give to the community?”

Tiberr being the giant Karmic engine that it is, when you share other people’s stuff your stuff is placed in front of them through that Affinity Algorithm and you end up getting your content shared.

It takes a village to raise a blog. Now you have hundreds of other bloggers helping you and you helping them. It’s a community. It may not be a visible community. But people are sharing each other’s content.

I love that. Giving is what I do and I am on track with this, but then my business side comes out and I want to be proactive and engage more people.

Dino says, Let’s talk about taking your blog from being a platform or a community to being a business.  I don’t make money on my blog, but I make money because of my blog. We don’t get enough traffic to make a living from ads on our site. We couldn’t make enough money through ads or affiliate marketing. We can use our blog as a platform to attract potential clients, partnerships and taking it to the next level. Social media is about escalating the intimacy. It is very easy to start a relationship on Twitter.We can peak into each other’s private lives on Facebook. This deepens the intimacy. We can take that to the next level with Skype and phone. Ultimately, face to face. This is the path to building relationships, building partnerships and building a clientele. Business happens in person. It doesn’t happen on Twitter.

What is your vision for community building and information sharing on Triberr in the next few years? Where are you going?

We are just three guys, Dan Cristo, Ralph Rivera and I and a community of amazing supporters that pitch in all the time. We have this big vision and we can’t deliver yesterday, it’s like – How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

Our vision for the blogosphere, the blogs, is this: We want to turn the blogosphere into a giant social organism.

I want to connect with other people on my blog with links, but then we are told not to use links so much, it’s so frustrating!

Dino says, The best SEO advice – don’t listen to SEO advice.

He explains, WordPress is a publishing platform. How come people are more engaged on my Facebook than they are on my blog? Because Facebook has social in it’s DNA. We want blogs to become social platforms.

How do you do that from where you are at now?

When we release Triberr plug in – don’t install it now, but once we roll out the new Triberr plug which is  being updated…go and install it. We will revamp it.

One feature is the Triberr Reblog – it is essentially a retweet for your blog post. It is a syndication feature. I call it “The Oprah feature.” The entire post it carries over the authorship. The comments are shared between the two posts as well.  That’s one piece of how we can make publishing platforms more social. You can get your content syndicated across 50 blogs. It’s more opportunities for your content to be seen by more readers.  If it’s in more places there is more opportunity for it to be seen.

These are little bites we can do to make blogs more social.

What do you suggest for small-time bloggers like me?

My advice to bloggers is to quit talking to everyone and direct your blog post to a single person. It’s total narrow casting. Not a single type of person. Some of the most successful blog posts are directed to a specific person. It’s the “Fly on the wall effect.”

This applies to speaking in front of large groups of people, for taking pictures, and in writing – everything that we do to build our community, it makes it that much more intimate.

You just reminded me of Mother Teresa. Paraphrasing: She said, “If I see a crowd of people that need help, I am paralyzed. But if I focus on a single person in that crowd and I focus on helping them, then I can actually take action.”

It works for writing too.

Thank you Dino for a great interview! I look forward to speaking to you again and talking more about blogging.

What are your blogging goals?

How About You?

If you read all the way to the bottom of this post, you are obviously dedicated to blogging and building your own community.

What are some ways that you give to get?

Highlights from #NMX Vegas’14 and My Chat with @DinoDogan #triberr

Posted on February 5th, 2014 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Blog Venture, Discoveries, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

View from the Vodoo Lounge Party at the Top

I love conferences and expos because I get to meet new people and learn new things.

This year’s New Media Expo in Las Vegas was amazing! I have so much to share that I could write an entire series on it. I have four conferences to attend on the horizon, so I feel the best way to share what I got out of each one is with highlights and photos. (Plus an exclusive INTERVIEW with Dino Dogan, of Triberr!)

 

We are the Content Creators!

We are the Content Creators!

Here are MY HIGHLIGHTS from the NEW MEDIA EXPO in LAS VEGAS 2014:

  • Attending with my friends, Mary Lansing of Along Comes Mary and Ann Odle of Ann About Town.
  • Meeting up with new So Cal Lady Blogger, Melany Berger of Melany’s Guydlines
  • Exploring Las Vegas and doing our blogger “thang” – Tweeting, Posting, Checking in on Facebook (Shout out @RioVegas @HardRockHotelLV @PinkTaco @NMX . . .)
  • Seeing Penn Jillette’s keynote session on Crowd Funding. He is awesome!
  • Having lunch on the fly with SCLB ROCK STAR BLOGGERS and friends: Alaia Willaims, Jennifer Priest, Debbie Miller, and Joy Kennelly.
  • Registering for Speed Networking and making appointments with company reps.
  • Going to the Speed Networking Sessions and totally rocking my meetings!
  • Tweeting with lots of New Media Expo peeps, making connections and getting invited to attend things (aka parties!)
  • Hanging out at the DOAC  @VisitAC Cocktail Party and learning about the fabulous travel opportunities in Atlantic City.
  • Posing for pictures with Nina Davuluri, the current Miss America at the Atlantic City event.
  • Eating at fabulous Las Vegas restaurants including the All Seafood Buffet at the Rio.
  • Shmoozing and literally rubbing shoulders with the brand execs at the Voodoo Lounge rooftop bar and getting gorgeous panoramic photos of the Las Vegas Strip on a beautiful clear brisk night.
  • Walking all over the casinos looking for $5 blackjack tables and up and down the enormous length of the Convention Center.
  • Connecting with so many people who represent some amazing new companies in the technology industry who are making a difference by offering real solutions that bloggers and social media users can truly benefit from.  The Expo was a great size, big enough to get a real feel of all the options out there and small enough to connect with someone at every booth in one day.
  • Improving my website with new apps from Snap Skout, TV Page…
  • Shaking hands and exchanging business cards with over 50 social media marketing professionals.
  • Following up with new friends and building my community.
  • Feeling great in my element! I felt so natural and open to the whole experience. I was confident and happy. It was easy to meet people and ask questions because I was doing what I am passionate about.

 

I must admit I just got the EXPO pass and did not attend the full sessions. I still got a lot out of it and made the most of it. NMX makes it easy to order the video and audio version of all the sessions – so you don’t miss a thing! I wasn’t asked to promote this event, but I am happy to share my wonderful experience with you.

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2014 NMX Contacts http://mizmeliz.com

It was a lot of work following up with all of these great people, but oh so worth it!

The BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT of the whole event for me was MEETING Dino Dogan of Triberr.

I wanted to meet Dino in person and ask him some questions about Triberr. I have learned so much and connected with so many wonderful bloggers through Triberr and I wanted to thank him. He and Dan Cristo are so gracious and helpful to all the members of Triberr and have been quick to respond to any questions that I have had through the process of becoming a tribe member and in building my own tribes. When I found out that Dino would be at NMX, I knew I would have a chance to get to know him. 

I wouldn’t say that I exactly hunted Dino down in Las Vegas, but I did put a word out to him on Twitter and Facebook that my friends and I wanted to meet up with him. He was great about getting back to me and letting me know where he would be. We almost joined his group for dinner the first night. I was “looking out for him” the whole time the first day. Our paths crossed a few times and I had the chance to pass him my business card at Penn Jillette’s keynote presentation. But it wasn’t until the final hour at the Expo that I finally came face to face with Dino and had a chance to talk for a few minutes. In that amount time we talked about why meeting people in person was important, how Triberr makes it possible for any blogger to have a huge reach and participate in campaigns even when their “numbers” are low, and how the Affinity algorithm works on Triberr enabling your posts to show up high on your tribe mates’ stream when you share their posts. We could have gone on talking forever! I had so many questions and Dino was great about answering them all. (While standing in the middle of crowds of people at the Expo mind you!) We decided to talk later and set up an interview.

About an hour after I tweeted this on Tuesday 1/28…

@dinodogan Hi there! I’d love to talk to you some more and follow up on my questions from NMX. Interview? Casual chat? Up to you. :)”

…we were on Skype deciding on a time and method for the interview. After some technical difficulties and postponing on my end – we spoke for 40 minutes last night and recorded a wonderful Q&A about “Building Your Blog Community.” From the Matrix to Mother Teresa, Dino sites quotes with a meaningful expression of love for what he does and why he is doing it. I asked him about how to leverage Triberr as a way to build my readership and grow my online community and we discussed the value of contributing your best work to the community and watch how it grows in leaps and bounds. 

High Points from Q&A with Dino Dogan of Triberr on Building Your Blog Community:

January 30, 2014

I asked Dino, How does being in a tribe grow my community? How do I get more readers?

He asked, What does a community mean to you? Does it mean comments, links, shares, in person connections, Skype, Twitter, Facebook connections?

Seeing my numbers go up. Stay on my blog longer. It’s a big black hole out there. You have a sense that someone is looking at it, but you don’t quite know. Only other bloggers comment on my blog.I want to reach out to other people through Triberr and to reach out to their people. I don’t want to hunt them down. I count my Twitter community.

Dino says, Forget about the online world. The community is basically a bunch of people. Ask, “How can I contribute to this community?”

I have to bring up the Matrix. Agent Smith says, “Humans are viruses.”

What can I get out of the community? That’s the wrong question to ask.

The right question to ask is, “What can I give to the community?”

Tiberr being the giant Karmic engine that it is, when you share other people’s stuff your stuff is placed in front of them through that Affinity Algorithm and you end up getting your content shared.

It takes a village to raise a blog. Now you have hundreds of other bloggers helping you and you helping them. It’s a community. It may not be a visible community. But people are sharing each other’s content.

I love that. Giving is what I do and I am on track with this, but then my business side comes out and I want to be proactive and engage more people.

Dino says, Let’s talk about taking your blog from being a platform or a community to being a business.  I don’t make money on my blog, but I make money because of my blog. We don’t get enough traffic to make a living from ads on our site. We couldn’t make enough money through ads or affiliate marketing. We can use our blog as a platform to attract potential clients, partnerships and taking it to the next level. Social media is about escalating the intimacy. It is very easy to start a relationship on Twitter.We can peak into each other’s private lives on Facebook. This deepens the intimacy. We can take that to the next level with Skype and phone. Ultimately, face to face. This is the path to building relationships, building partnerships and building a clientele. Business happens in person. It doesn’t happen on Twitter.

What is your vision for community building and information sharing on Triberr in the next few years? Where are you going?

We are just three guys, Dan Cristo, Ralph Rivera and I and a community of amazing supporters that pitch in all the time. We have this big vision and we can’t deliver yesterday, it’s like – How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

Our vision for the blogosphere, the blogs, is this: We want to turn the blogosphere into a giant social organism.

I want to connect with other people on my blog with links, but then we are told not to use links so much, it’s so frustrating!

Dino says, The best SEO advice – don’t listen to SEO advice.

He explains, WordPress is a publishing platform. How come people are more engaged on my Facebook than they are on my blog? Because Facebook has social in it’s DNA. We want blogs to become social platforms.

How do you do that from where you are at now?

When we release Triberr plug in – don’t install it now, but once we roll out the new Triberr plug which is  being updated…go and install it. We will revamp it.

One feature is the Triberr Reblog – it is essentially a retweet for your blog post. It is a syndication feature. I call it “The Oprah feature.” The entire post it carries over the authorship. The comments are shared between the two posts as well.  That’s one piece of how we can make publishing platforms more social. You can get your content syndicated across 50 blogs. It’s more opportunities for your content to be seen by more readers.  If it’s in more places there is more opportunity for it to be seen.

These are little bites we can do to make blogs more social.

What do you suggest for small-time bloggers like me?

My advice to bloggers is to quit talking to everyone and direct your blog post to a single person. It’s total narrow casting. Not a single type of person. Some of the most successful blog posts are directed to a specific person. It’s the “Fly on the wall effect.”

This applies to speaking in front of large groups of people, for taking pictures, and in writing – everything that we do to build our community, it makes it that much more intimate.

You just reminded me of Mother Teresa. Paraphrasing: She said, “If I see a crowd of people that need help, I am paralyzed. But if I focus on a single person in that crowd and I focus on helping them, then I can actually take action.”

It works for writing too.

Thank you Dino for a great interview! I look forward to speaking to you again and talking more about blogging.

What are your blogging goals?

What are your blogging goals?

2014 My Year of Discovery

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by & filed under Blog Venture, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

2014 My Year of Discovery

Seeing with New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

My knees were shaking and my palms were sweating. It was nerves, I guess. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t very excited. I was just doing something that I was sure I would never ever ever do! I absolutely never imagined myself doing it. But there I was. I was at a firing range with my husband and sons about to fire a Glock 9 mm hand gun. WTH?

http://mizmeliz.com photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2013

Really? Miz Meliz at the shooting range? Yes! See why I would do such a thing in my *New Discovery* Series.

About a month ago, I started looking back at 2013. The number 13 is my lucky number. I knew it was going to be a great year. I set some high goals for myself. My theme for the year was “ta-da!” I set out to be a show off, to apply my talents and share them with the world. (At least, my world.) I had a great time doing it and it feels amazing to be on the “other side” of success. I have never accomplished anything quite like it. I achieved my primary goal. I wrote and self published a book. I am experiencing a level of self-pride that I have never felt before. It is a good place.

Next came the question of what to do now, do I set a higher goal, do I try to top that? I thought long and hard about it. I want to continue writing. I want to self publish more books. I have some ideas for non-fiction work to support my life coaching practice. I would also like to write some works of fiction. Yet, I want to come from a place of knowledge and experience with the subject matters and enjoy the feeling of confidence that I felt when writing my first book. The theme came easily to me. . . 2014 would be a year of discovery.

I plan to incorporate the theme into my life in every way. It opens up many possibilities. Trying and learning new things comes to mind at first. Then I had the realization that being open to things in a new way is a way of discovering them. In order to break out of my comfort zone, making new discoveries might include trying something that I don’t like and seeing it through the eyes of others. I have always said I was willing to try anything once. But when it comes to things that I am adamantly against, it seemed counter productive to try them. Not for fear of changing my mind, but to stay true to myself and my values. I had a sense that seeing things through new eyes would help me to not only understand other points of view, but it would help me to fully understand my own.

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When we were driving to Las Vegas, Nevada for our annual trip to visit my in-laws, my husband told me (warned me) that he wanted to take the boys to the firing range where his brother works. He reminded me that they are old enough to learn to handle a gun. He explained that he wanted them to learn about gun safety and how to properly fire a weapon in a safe environment with a professional instructor. How could I argue with that? He was sure to address all of my concerns. He knows where I stand on the gun issue. He has been supportive of my views even though they are contrary to his own. I agreed with him and said that would be fine. Then I gave it some serious thought. Very serious. Why don’t I go with them? I want the boys to understand that my feelings about gun control are informed and genuine. I want to see what they see and know what they are learning. I want to break away from my comfort zone and show them (and myself) that I am not closed minded or afraid.

See the video of my firing lesson here: 

Lito was very surprised and pleased that I wanted to join them. (I am sure he was a bit shocked!) I told him that I wanted to discover new things this year. I might as well start right away. The challenge was being completely open to the experience and not be a sour puss about it.  I wanted to enjoy it the way they would be enjoying it and I definitely didn’t want to ruin the experience for them. I wasn’t there to change anyone’s mind on gun control or guns in general. (I am completely against them.)

I especially wasn’t there to change my own mind. I was there to see with new eyes. Because I trust my husband’s judgement. I trust my brother-in-law. It isn’t bad to like guns. I just don’t have to like them. I know why. And I certainly know there is a difference between going to the shooting range and learning how to handle a gun in a safe environment and owning one and using one. Most of all, I want to be supportive of my family. I want my sons to see that we can have differing opinions and still support one another.

With that attitude in mind, I had a very good time. Being inside an entire store dedicated to the sale and firing of weapons of death (I know dramatic!) was unsettling to me. It was not easy, but I handled it with ease. I was absolutely sure of my safety and I was with people who I love and trust. I reminded them that I was not in fear of guns, that I simply don’t like them or what they represent. I was not afraid. I took my turn. I earnestly listened to my instructor, Darius. I took it seriously and learned that I have an ability to use a fire arm if I am ever in a situation that would require me to do so. The boys saw my adventurous side and learned that I am able to make the best of an uncomfortable situation. My husband learned that I am undoubtedly supportive of him and trust his judgement fully. I won’t ever change my feelings about the dangers of guns and their misuse. In fact I can write volumes about how I don’t believe there are any positive uses for a gun. But that is not my point. Discovering my passions and living my purpose requires me to see with open eyes, secure in the knowledge that I am here, that I live, and share my love of life with all who know me.

I am not afraid. I am not afraid of guns or anything that I do not agree with or fully understand. I am about love and life. I am about moving forward. I am about freedom and peace. Spending time with my family is the main thing that brings me peace and hope.

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If you are in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, visit Discount Firearms and Ammo. They have an impressive store and wonderful personnel to help you with all of your firearm needs, they are even nice to people like me who thought Hell would freeze over before I would step foot in there!  Tweet them @FirearmsAndAmmo and tell them I sent you.

I wasn’t asked to promote this place. I just had a great time there. If you think I am trying to sell you something – check out my disclosure.

I appreciate your comments about this post! I can’t wait to hear about your experiences.

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