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Community Wins: 21 Thoughts on Building a Thriving Online Tribe Kindle Edition

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"Bryan's book is more than a manifesto on creating a community; it's the definitive manual for growing an online audience." - SAM DAVIDSON, author of Simplify Your Life

"I've learned so much from observing how Bryan networks with others and builds community and it all comes through in this practical, hands-on, you-can-do-this manual." - CRYSTAL PAINE, author of The Money Saving Mom's Budget

"Bryan Allain has done it again! Community Wins presents concise, proven methods to creating an online tribe." - CHAD GIBBS, author of Love Thy Rivals and God and Football

"Few people understand community building like Bryan Allain. He's done it for bands, organizations, and even his own personal blogs. Now he tells you how to do it."  - JEFF GOINS, author of Wrecked

"Community Wins is full of sharp writing and applicable ideas. It's described as an 'action-oriented workbook' and the shoe absolutely fits." - SCOTT MCCLELLAN, director of the ECHO Conference and author of Tell Me a Story (March 2013)

About the Author

A blogger since 2001, Bryan is the author of two books on blogging and social media: 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo and Community Wins. His first humor book, Actually, Clams Are Miserable, was released in November 2012.

Bryan's writing has appeared in print in RELEVANT Magazine and online at The Burnside Writers Collective and The Daily Beast. He was the author of one of the "15 Most Memorable Tweets of the 2012 Election" by Time Magazine alongside President Obama, Lady Gaga, and Alec Baldwin.

He writes occasional doses of nonsense & inspiration at and provides coaching and resources to bloggers at He lives with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Kylie and Parker, in Lancaster County, PA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 237 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Killer Tribes (October 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VIKF4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bryan's is the author of five books; three focusing on building online communities, a humor book, and a football book. He's been blogging off and on since 2001, he's had a couple articles printed in magazines, and he loves sharp cheddar cheese. A few of his favorite things are making people laugh, watching football with a box of cheez-its, and playing golf.

He lives with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Kylie and Parker, in Lancaster County, PA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike M. on October 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I started this book last night with the intention of spreading out the read over the course of the next 5 days or so. Turns out, I only needed two. Community Wins by Bryan Allain is about as practical as it gets. Unlike many other books along the lines of tribe building, Bryan delves deep into his personal experiences (even giving the example of re-prioritizing projects so he could get Community Wins done first which is like eBook Inception or something) and pulls out not only practical insights, but a whole slew of applicable questions and practices for the reader to create their own winning community.

The book is constructed in a workbook format in order to be the most helpful tool it can be. With 21 chapters, there's plenty of application to go around and with this insightful manual in hand, you can be well on your way to creating a thriving tribe of your own. I take notes on almost every book I pick up and I can't tell you the last time I took 5 pages of notes on one title. In two nights with Community Wins, I finished with 12 pages filled. If 12 pages of newfound insights aren't enough to jumpstart any project, then I don't know what is.

Community Wins was a fantastic, practical, and actively applicable read. I 6 Star recommend it. Amazon's holding me down.

(Just beware of the giant man-eating raccoons that Bryan subliminally hid in the text. He told me himself. But you should be good)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Prescott on October 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't normally write reviews. But when you encounter resources you believe can assist in the growth not just of yourself but many, many others, you simply have to share that with others. `Community Wins', the new e-book from Bryan Allain, author of '31 days to finding your blogging mojo' and creator of `Killer Tribes', is such a resource.

In a direct but positive way, Allain gives anyone attempting to grow a blog, website or platform of any kind a set of directions to building not just community, but online community. Much of it is taken from his own experiences of building communities, running conferences and juggling them a full-time job - and he has lessons which all of us need to hear.

Allain understands the importance of community in making a difference. None of us can go through life on our own, and we cannot make an impact on our own either. Allain gets this completely, and proceeds to show us exactly how we can both build community and make an impact.

What really makes `Community Wins' stand out is not simply in it's short, easy-to-follow chapters. It comes when Allain at the end of each chapter invites the reader to take on challenges of their own.

To answer difficult questions about the relevant topic.

Big questions, which demand honest answers.

The book demands you engage with it. It expects you to respond, not simply sit down and take it all in. If a person is to get the full benefit of this book, you have no option but to participate and engage with it.

Without doubt, I have learned more from fully engaging with this book than I ever would simply from just reading it and putting it down.

Allain hits you head on with questions like

"What drives me to get my ideas out there?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irreverent Reverend on October 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I titled my review "Firecracker" because this book may be small, but it packs a big bang for your buck.
I have read several books on the same topic and they have been useful. What I liked about Community Wins is the practical nature of the information.
There is a fabulous balance of inspiration and application. Anyone who has little or no knowledge about how to create a platform or find their own "tribe" will be guided in ways to start effectively. For the experienced, there is a whole new dimension for them to explore in what it means to go "deep", "wide" or even "higher" in their growth.
So, don't just take it from me, get your own copy and "get your read" on--you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cabinart -. Jana Botkin on October 25, 2012
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The introduction to Community Wins feels as if your friend with a quirky sense of humor is talking to you. (He uses the term "community" the same way that Seth Godin uses "tribe".) Bryan makes it clear that this is more of a workbook for a community leader than a recipe for building a community.

The chapters are short enough to absorb quickly, and each one ends with a set of questions to answer about your own business, community or "tribe". He offers very practical suggestions, sprinkled with humor and good sense.

I really like the authentic and humble attitude that Bryan Allain writes with. It makes him feel like an approachable, honest and trustworthy friend who is happy to share his hard-won experience with you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Conrad on November 1, 2012
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I recently had the opportunity to review the book and the concepts that Brian Allain covers in Community Wins: 21 Thoughts on Building a Thriving Online Tribe. So first, let's just look at the author and the book. Then I'll get into my own personal application/feelings about the topic.

Brian Allain is hilarious. His writing is witty and if you follow each word as you read, you will find several random side comments, thoughts and references that are just brilliant. I have a feeling Mr. Allain and I could have loads of fun over lunch some day. His random "squirrel" moments remind me a lot of my often easily distracted self. When it comes to the author, great writing.

Community Wins is a great resource. It's not a book about community or a self-help book. This is a workbook of sorts to help you build, engage and grow an online "tribe". Based on my experience over the years, it's all legit. There are strong principles with each "assignment" to get you really thinking about what you need to do before you do it. It's so important to really understand your vision, gifts and passions before ever launching for example. The delivery is well done and it's worth the read. If you are looking to launch an online project or strengthen one that you have already started, I really do recommend Community Wins as a workbook to help you get going.

I found this a very good read because it's an area that I wrestle with. I find a tension that exists between building a community and simply chasing numbers. I think you need to be very, very careful as you build an online community around your blog and social media. I'm sure that I've made several mistakes in this delicate balance over the years. I regularly try to remind myself and stay grounded in the fact that this is an outlet for me.
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