Feb 8, 2010

My Circle, or... tribe... or niche. Whatever.

Okay, for those of you who are SITS people, they just had a two-parter about our blog "Tribe" and how we need to appreciate and call out our tribe.

I have a niche.

I recently decided that it's more like I belong to 2-3 circles, that are cocentric. Or maybe they are intersecting.

Confused yet?

The main point of the article is that we all belong (or should belong) to a sub-group within the larger blogging community. If you aren't aware that you belong to a subgroup, you need to pay more attention. They (the SITSgirls) called the subgroup a "Tribe" which is a cute name, I have heard the subgroup referred to as a "Niche" and recently, after much thought, prefer to think of the subgroups I belong to as "Circles" - because they are always growing, and some intersect quite a bit.

The best way to find out who your subgroup is, is to pay attention to the most frequent commentators on your posts, and those blogs who you most often read and comment on. Normally these bloggers have something in common with you. For example I have a "FUNNY LADY Blog" circle - which is full of humorous bloggers who write about their lives and the lives of others. Those that fit into this circle include (but are NOT limited to) Kys at Stir Fry Awesomeness, Kiran at Masala Chica, Monique at Surferwife, Amanda at MODG, Kelly at SFTC, BlueViolet at A Nut in a Nutshell, Sara at Sara spelled without an H, Shandal at My Life in 3D. I read these blogs because they make me laugh, and I think laughing is one of the most important things I do everyday.

Another Couple of Circles are my "Inspirational Mommy Blogs" (they are funny too, but sometimes they get really challenging/encouraging. Monique at Surferwife fits into this list at times as well) and my "Crafty/ Foodie Blog Friends". Those in those Circles: Polly at 5th Sister, Alexes at One Cluttered Brain, Sheila at Ma Vie Folle, Summur at Braley Mama, Holly at 504 Main, Caryn at Team Kyte, Elle Bee at Kitchen with Kids.

I think so many of our "Circles" are intersecting and co-centric because we are finding where we fit. I have a little bit of all three of these topics on my blog, so I have found friends who are like me.

I challenge you to go out and find your Circles and keep them growing and shifting! So there is MY shout out to my blog Circles, what about you? :) Have a GREAT DAY!

Do you know what your "Tribe" or "Circle" (s) is/are called?

Just me, AJ


  1. Oh man. I have been totally out of the blog loop since friday so I hadn't heard about this at all. But it is so true. I feel like I travel in a few different circles. I am never only entertained by one type of blog. and neither are you. That's why we get along so well. :)

  2. i agree with monique, it's good to have lots of circles and follow different kinds of blogs. i know i love my "circles."

  3. I'm so confused. Circles, intersections, tribes. Are you tricking me with Algebra?
    I do the SITS thing (tho less & less because of time these days) and I love my bloggy friends that I always enjoy reading no matter the time of day or state of tired-ness. Does that count?

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  5. I love making friends in the circle I am in and meeting others beyond. That's what its all about. AJ - love this - it's all very true. And I doubt people in "any" circle wouldn't love you!

    mwah, mwah!

  6. I like the way you put this. A circle is so much more friendly than a clique because it can stretch to encompass more people as time goes on.

    Thanks for including me in yours!

  7. I am so glad I am in your circle of trust,,,HA!
    I think i am in with the stay at home and take a thousand pictures of your kids citcle:)lol!


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