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FAQ #1: What blog types can participate?
For the first two groups, we are limiting it to an blog in the area (even if its a bit of a stretch) of personal development & networking. This is a big scope of everything from leadership, attitude, motivation, health/wellness, holistic, networking, MLM’s, success coaching, NLP, etc. Personal or Business is fine. The goal is inclusion, but it also is to make sure that backlinks from those blogs do the other members some SEO value. We sadly do not have much to offer to say… a baseball card blog. Not-for-profits are welcome to join us, even if its a real stretch, because sadly for them to get relevant backlinks is substantially more difficult than other businesses. Consider it, if you will, our community service. That said, if say perhaps there is a collective of medical professionals that would like in, or computer professionals, or baseball card collectors, I invite them to grab 5 friends (in the same fields) and I will gladly form another relevant team for them!!
FAQ #2: What if I’m around the globe and have a date/time conflict? &
What if we overshoot the original 10 headcount?
If we easily hit the 10 I’m looking for, and numbers look stable, but there is a time zone differential showing up in the group, it is very likely that I will split the groups into AM & PM units. If the evening time block is scaring you off, please don’t count yourself out yet, but also don’t this as a promise of an AM block. I can only promise to do my best to accommodate everyone. If we split the group we will need a minimum of 6+6 which will make a bit more room. This is all tentative at the moment until we see what numbers look like. I do not want to spread us too thinly.
FAQ #3: Me and my buddies, all 5 of us, we’ve GOT to be on the same team!! You wont split us will you? You’ll make room for all of us right?
A group like this is essentially already a functioning sub-tribe. Splitting a sub-tribe for more than a brief learning session is not wise. As long as this group has 5-6 members, it is freestanding on its own and it is unlikely I will attempt to merge it with the other groups. I’ll consider it another unit, which will allow the friends more scheduling flexibility. I may however add another member or two to that group, depending on the temperments of the individuals. I will do my best to protect existing sub-tribes. I invite you to form them!! Rally your friends!
FAQ#4: Do you know your blog is broke?
Yeah, I do. My CSS skills proved not to be up to the challenge, so far, of tearing my theme apart. I am working on it, and it will be done soon’ish, but these teams have my energy. Its not an HTLM issue, its a css issue. If you happen to be VERY good with CSS, I could use some assistance to learn what I am missing. Thanks for your patience. (I don’t recommend you tear up your own themes, I just happen to actually have a coding background too, and I find such things amusing!)
FAQ #5: Do I have to use skype? Do I have to use WordPress.org? Do I have to use the plugins you suggest?
Skype is required. WordPress.org (aka fully hosted blogs) is not required. However free blogs are known to be penalized in search engine results. That is strictly your decision. It doesn’t bother me in the least if you chose to remain on your free blog. You have to know & do what is right for YOU. (I do not know how badly penalized they are, my belief is that good content and SEO will be enough to override a negative, but I can not confirm that.) I personally believe hosted is the way to go, particularly with the 10$/yr special going on ATM. The basic free plugins we suggest are manditory. There are a couple that have paid versions and you are certainly not required to upgrade. (I’m not saying you wont want to!)
FAQ #6: What if I can’t stand the person/people on my team?
This is a mastermind group. Rule 1 is to actively strive for perfect harmony. If there are ripples consider first if the problem may be found within yourself. Feel free to let me know of real issues, but do not bring me gossip. Any blogger consistently presenting blog articles that the other members have ethical issues with, either due to content, or lack there of, is unlikely to remain with us for long. Harmony within the group is more important than the happiness of one particular person with the situation. If we are multiple teams we may be able to move someone, but I can’t promise that. Please remember we are adults, and to treat each other with the same love, compassion and understanding that you would want someone to treat your young child with! Let us strive to uplift each other.
FAQ #7: Will we have a forum/group etc?
Yes, but I have not yet decided where. I’m just not terribly crazy about ning although many are. I will be looking at several options. Thats not saying we wont yet use ning though.
FAQ #8: Can I leave?
Yup. Any time. Preferably with integrity. I would appreciate it if you would talk to me first incase there is something to be learned from your situation. Perhaps things can be modified. Perhaps not. Perhaps a change I made mid-stream does not work for you. There may be a chance of moving to another tribe unit if more than one is running. We’re all here of our own free will. Just remember, do no harm. We’re all learning here. We want you here, but we want you to do what is best for you as well.
FAQ #9: What reading would make this project easier to understand? (Besides Kary’s blog)
“Think & Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill
“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Goodin
“How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnagie
and if that inspires you… then
“Tribal Leadership” by Dave Logan
“Launching a Leadership Revolution” by Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady
FAQ #10: Whats your role in this many groups going to be?
My role will honestly depend on a number of variables. I will have some active participation in ALL groups. However that means I am spread out. Total numbers will determine how my time is divided. As is typical with Tribes, there is likely to be a group that I bond with better than others. I will be available for big scale projects, teaching, leading and general Q&A. I’m at your disposal. However, this doesn’t mean I can or will do your work for you. Also while I will provide training in some areas, this does not replace other training you should be receiving, in people skills, leadership, social media, and marketing, etc. You are your own most valuable asset! Never stop growing & learning!
FAQ #11: Can I represent my friends blog as well as my own?
One blog per person please. However, please feel free to share this information with your friend as perhaps they would like to be involved directly. You are certainly welcome to share what you learn with this group. You and they can syndicate each others material as well.
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