Being Interested in Your Community

By: Eden Hensley Photos by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

Connecting with community is always on a creative's mind--whether they are just starting out or have been producing awhile. With comments down and interaction primarily through social media, it can be easy to focus on numbers and tactics to boost likes and shares. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.

Community starts with you as a person, being interested in your community, and builds from there. Twice this summer, members of the Alt Community have chatted on Twitter about how they show their communities they are interested. Here are ten tips to ensure you stay interesting to your community:

  • "Don't be the guy standing on the corner yelling 'look at me, look at me.'" - Sandra of Raincoast Creative Salon
  • "Give heartfelt shout outs to other bloggers and share content that moves you." - Koseli of Original Archiving Co.
  • "Get all mushy and write thank you posts." Laurel of A Bubbly Life
  • "Share and promote others as much as you can. Support the amazing efforts of bloggers and companies in your community!" - McCall of McCall of the Wild
  • "Genuinely listen. Let readers know you care about what's important to them. Acknowledgement = appreciation." - Davon D. E. Hatchett
  • "Listen, link to/repost/retweet their work, and publicly/privately give thanks and recognition." - Chris of Red Letter Everyday
  • "Co-host Instagram challenges." - Sport of Meanest Look
  • "Polling and asking questions is a great way to get your community involved and show them you care!" - Christen of The Broke-Ass Bride
  • "Show your community you appreciate them with special content, peeks behind the scenes. Ask their opinion."  - Tori of Thoughtfully Simple
  • "Tell them! Also show friends appreciation through exclusive giveaways, special promotions, and more." - The Honest Company
  • "Choose topics that are exciting to you so energy comes through in your posts." - Sophistiquicke

Want more resources for building your community? Check out these posts from the archives:

Do you get inspired by chatting with other creatives and entrepreneurs? Join us live one Wednesday at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Twitter for our weekly #AltChat. Next week, Wednesday August 20th we will be discussing how to promote yourself without feeling like a used car salesman.


Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.