Building a Tribe

I belong to many tribes.  My faith tradition is a tribe.  My Divas-do-Lunch group is a tribe. My professional and networking groups such as NYWICI and Over40Females are tribes. Even my newly formed Luna Sisters Club (a monthly girls-night-out with neighborhood moms) is a tribe.

And this past weekend, the largest tribe I have ever experienced welcomed me to their sisterhood.  

More than 5,000 female bloggers, social media mavens and female entrepreneurs attended the BlogHer conference in NYC.  I have been a writer for years and specifically a blogger for the last couple, but I had never attended a gathering of this magnitude. And now, I cannot imagine missing one.  Being a part of the BlogHer conference was like diving naked into a gooey lake filled with organic, calorie-less, chocolate.  

The schedule was punctuated with luminary keynotes led by Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and yes, even President Obama, who opened his live feed address to a packed Grand Ballroom with “Michelle says hi”.  Apparently, the First Lady is a member of the BlogHer tribe too.  

But what makes a tribe so special and relevant isn’t just the leadership, it’s the core members.  And this is where I have to acknowledge and honor my new sisters.

Woman who blog do so because they are seeking an intersection between their mission, passion and bliss.  They are seeking outlets for connection by sharing everything from the most intimate details of their lives to the highest levels of their wisdom.  

The combination of authenticity, integrity and intention is being rewarded, as well it should be.  Women bloggers are an immensely sought after market for major brands.  This accounts for the two floors of Expo Hall and private suites filled to the brim with diverse companies including Mattel, Starbucks, Earth’s Best, Udi’s, T-Mobile, Hillshire Farms and 124 others clambering to create sponsored partnerships with some of the biggest and brightest BlogHers out there. From personal to technical, foodie to fashion, inspirational to educational, every genre, subject and cause is validated, celebrated and elevated like never before by female bloggers.

So who are these women? Mostly regular moms . . . women who shake up, shape up and make up the vast majority of household decision makers.  Whether they are cooking from their tiny kitchens or have built media empires, these women have more than savvy; they have tremendous heart and a commitment to live their lives on their own terms.  Female bloggers are to this rapidly evolving planet what Charlie’s Angels were to 70s TV.  They are icons and innovators and I am so very proud to be a part of this tribe.  

Like the 4,999+ others who attended this weekend, I will share my message, my voice and my heart.  And now I realize I have a pretty big pool of others who will support me as I do just that.

[Photo Credits: Photo 1 – BlogHer’12 lunch line Hilton, NY, Photo 2 – Diva Mama and Diana (Cookie of Katonah) & Photo 3 – L-R Jenn (WhatIsAGenius.wordpress.com), Kim (FindYourFit) and me

13 Responses to Building a Tribe
  1. Sabrina
    August 5, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    It was EXACTLY like diving naked into a gooey lake filled with organic, calorie-less, chocolate. 🙂 The BlogHer tribe is definitely my most favorite. Glad to be sharing it with you.

    • Diva-Mama
      August 6, 2012 | 5:34 am

      Thank you, Sabrina. I look forward to staying in touch and being better connected to all the amazing women I met at BlogHer. Let me start by telling people to check out your blog Much Needed Advice. You can find me on FB too at DivaMamaShiraAdler.

      Only 360 something days until the next BlogHer!

      Feeling and sharing the love,
      Shira

  2. […] But what makes a tribe so special and relevant? Click here to read more! […]

    • Diva-Mama
      August 6, 2012 | 9:09 pm

      And let’s not forget, the best and biggest tribe of them all – MOTHERHOOD!

  3. Vanessa
    August 7, 2012 | 8:02 am

    Shira! It was so nice to bump into you at BlogHer12. It was hard getting back to my home life where I am the only female among 4 males. Being a part of the tribe of women bloggers was invigorating to my psyche. And even though it was exhausting, I wanted to have another day at least.

    I’d love to be a part of your divas-do-lunch and other events.
    Vanessa

    • Diva-Mama
      August 7, 2012 | 8:47 am

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you so much and totally agree. The day after I was in a remorseful semi-coma myself. And PLEASE do come to my next event: Divas-Night-Out, Tue. 8/14, 7-9. You can find the info. here.

      Hugs,
      Shira

  4. Ananda Leeke
    August 7, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Hi Shira. I loved reading your BlogHer recap. So great to meet you during the Podcasting 101 panel.

    • Diva-Mama
      August 7, 2012 | 9:29 pm

      Thank you, Ananda. That means a lot coming from such an amazing BlogHer sister! ps, I really, REALLY loved your session and look forward to putting it to good use. Since I came in late, please let me know when the podcast is available! 😉

      Warmest regards,
      Shira

  5. lisa purcell
    August 14, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    shira,
    absolutely loved this! what wonderful memories to cherish. I especially love the part about….”there’s a woman in labor in my dressing room!” Priceless!
    you are fabulous! keep sharing your incredible stories!
    much love,
    Lisa

    • Diva-Mama
      August 14, 2012 | 9:36 pm

      Dear Lisa,

      Thank you! And congratulations to you on the launch of your own blog: LeeLeesRoom.com Clearly we are kindred spirits writing about the music that touches our lives. Tomorrow I’ll post a follow-up to the Marvin piece! Thanks for checking in.

  6. Lisa Stone
    August 15, 2012 | 9:38 pm

    Shira, I am so glad you joined this community? These sentences really nailed it for me:

    “Woman who blog do so because they are seeking an intersection between their mission, passion and bliss. They are seeking outlets for connection by sharing everything from the most intimate details of their lives to the highest levels of their wisdom.

    “The combination of authenticity, integrity and intention is being rewarded…”

    I so hope to see you in Chicago, and that you’ll consider recommending a panel, a voices of the year post, and every other way in which other bloggers can get to know you and to support your work.

    Best,
    Lisa

    • Diva-Mama
      August 15, 2012 | 9:51 pm

      Lisa, thank you so much and YES to all of the above!

      ps I hope you also get a chance to read the blog that followed Building A Tribe. It’s a personal story about Uncle Marvin (Hamlisch, that is), who passed unexpectedly recently. He was very important to me as you’ll see in the post.

      Warmest regards,
      Shira

  7. ask
    July 16, 2015 | 6:55 pm

    What’s up friend, this is a fantastic article about culture and completely explained. Keep it up all the time.

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