Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links present.
If I could talk about any subject all day long it would be blogging. My second favorite topic is the business of blogging. Which is why I jumped at the chance to read Jenn Aubert’s new book Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! The tag line for this book is long, but lovely. 100+ Successful Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Best tips On What Works, What Doesn’t (And Why) When You’re Launching A Business And Designing A Life You Love. 

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Blogging and the business of blogging is my love language.  And while this book isn’t directed towards bloggers who are trying to make the leap from hobby to pro, it is directed at women who want inspiration, tips, and advice as they work through (or are already) combining their passions and purpose to make them into something that reaches beyond themselves. This book is one part how to, one part inspiration and motivation, and one part work book.

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Each chapter brings interviews with successful and up and coming women entrepreneurs, spotlight interviews full of wisdom and practical advice, and challenge questions that really made me dig deep as I worked through them. The challenge questions alone are worth the price of the book. If this book came with a companion workbook, I’d have it in my hands as fast as Amazon could get it to me.

The chapter that stood out to me the most in Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! was the chapter that spoke about finding your tribe. I followed Jenn Aubert’s footsteps and asked one of my favorite women entrepreneurs, Julie DeNeen, a few questions.

Julie is the mastermind of Fabulous Blogging. She writes, she designs blogs, and can likely solve any blog problem you’ve got. She’s generous with her knowledge and really fun to be around in real life (we met earlier this year at BlogU). I am an inbox Scrooge and only subscribe to a handful of newsletters. Believe me when I say you need to be reading Julie’s blog.

One of the things I love most about Julie is her tribe mentality. I sent her a few questions about learning to find a blogging tribe. I am a part of a few tribes that Julie is also in (including her Bloppies group on Facebook). I hope you enjoy her response as much as I did!

Q1: One of the things that stood out to me the most in this book was the importance of finding a tribe.I know you’re a big fan of bloggers finding their tribe and being fully invested in each other. What has been the most surprising about being part of a tribe? 

A1: It took me way too long to find a tribe. I’m one of those notoriously independent types that ventures out on her own and realizes 3 miles into the journey that a companion would’ve been nice. I used to shudder when my college professors would mention the phrase “group project”. So when I started blogging in 2007, I paid no mind to this idea of community.

Honestly, it wasn’t until 2012 when I began writing for HubPages that I kept hearing about a writer’s community. A lightbulb went on for me and that was the first step to really diving into the “tribe” mentality. I bonded quickly with other writers on that site — even more so after signing up and going through their apprenticeship program. In fact, this is how the Bloppy Boggers {my signature Facebook group} was born!

A few of the Hubpages writers wanted to start a blog and asked me for help. I opened up the group and the rest is history. My business was born because of that tribe. Tired of answering the same questions over and over, I opened up Fabulous Blogging on Blogspot to write posts for answers. In October 2012 I realized there might be something to this and so I bought a domain and took the plunge.

Much to my surprise, it grew quickly. My love for my tribe only grew as I realized just how important it is to stay connected with your colleagues and {gasp} your competition too. Fabulous Blogging is now my full-time business.

Q2: What advice to you have to a new blogger who is looking to find a tribe? Is it more important for them to find their voice and then a tribe or the other way around?

A2: For new bloggers looking for a tribe, I will say this: All you need to find is one person. One person can blow open your world if they are the right match. Start reading blogs that really captivate you. Find blogs that are in your niche — even your competition. Start commenting on their blog and when you gather enough courage, contact them. See if they have any communities they’d recommend. Chances are if they are in a community, it’d be a good fit for you too.

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Or, you can do it the random way. Ask on Twitter or Facebook! People love to look like they have the inside scoop, and usually answer readily.

Voice and tribe? Hmm…I never saw the two as connected, but now that you say that — a tribe will most certainly impact your voice as a writer. It’s hard not to mimic those we admire. I wouldn’t say you need one or the other first. It’s simply something to be mindful of all the time. If you find yourself trying to be like someone else, remember you’ll always be second best. But you can be the best version…of yourself.

Community is super important for women entrepreneurs Julie DeNeen from www.fabulousblogging.com shares her advice about tribes and how to find them in this micro-interview. #blogging #networking

Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! can be found in paper form here on Amazon or here for your Kindle. Many thanks to Julie DeNeen of Fabulous Blogging for letting me pick her brain a bit.

Are you a woman entrepreneur? How important is your community?

If you’re a blogger, do you have a tribe? Where did you find them?