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7 August, 2023


Book Review for Gather: How to Build a Mission Driven Online Community by Bex Band

Bex Band runs Love Her Wild (LHW), one of the biggest outdoor adventure communities in the world. Her dream was to enable and encourage women to get involved in the outdoor adventure world and then support and unite them on their journey. Gather is the blueprint she wishes she had when she started to build the LHW community.

Holiday Reading

📕 Gather: How to Build a Mission Driven Online Community

📚 Author: Bex Band

📕 Publisher: Post Hill Press

👍This book is for you if you want to build a community and unite a group of people that have a shared passion. It will help you create a unique space for people to engage, thrive and grow. Once you have an active and engaged group the book provides ideas on how to monetize the community using multi-income streams.

👍DON'T discount the book if community building is not your thing!

👍This book is also useful if you want to build your profile within a community, as it gives a unique perspective as to what actions you can take to give the community what they are searching for. Through these actions you can excel in being an active member and become a top contributor. Along the way you can build your personal brand and increase your engagement with other members. Community groups give you the opportunity to showcase your expertise, increase your reach, find friends and seek out opportunities. The book gives you the behind the scenes guide on how communities are built and what they are looking for from their members.

👍The case studies throughout the book provide a different perspective from community builders across the world, they each also provide useful community building tips.

👍Chapters 5 has a more generic theme that is useful for both community builders and community group users. "Reach Your Summit" section is all about what do you want to achieve? it addresses leadership qualities, positivity and embracing your vulnerable side.

👍The next section "It’s time to start changing the voice of your inner critic" looks at reaching your potential and what is stopping you. It lists practical actions to work on yourself and break down your self-limiting beliefs.

👍Super useful book and quick to read. Whether you embrace this book as a community builder or community user, be assured there is no magic ingredient for success - it takes time, patience, creativity, energy and a very large dose of staying power!


👍Communities featured in the Book: Follow them and see how they run their communities
Bee Sober

Missing Children (translation needed) أطفال مفقوده
Solo Armada
Queer Surf Club 
This Mum Runs
Her Adventures @girlswhotravel
Journal with Purpose
Rebel Book Club
Speak Your Truth
The Cloud Appreciation Society
The Nappy Lady

Happy Summer Holiday Reading

I am off to hang out in my local group East Sussex and Kent Love her Wild Group

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Nicky Chisholm

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My very first adventure was on a Tall Ship called The Sir Winston Churchill when I had just turned 18.

I have loved adventures ever since. Although I still get seasick 30 years on!

I would describe myself as an everyday adventurer. I try and squeeze adventure into my every day from walks, swims and runs to film, podcasts and books. I am always on the look out for communities to connect with and adventures to be found.

I have just hit 50 and my adventure journey has changed so many times over the years, from a 20-year-old canoeing and sailing instructor, to a Mum with young children teaching them to embrace the outdoors through camping, building dens and cooking on open fires, to a mum of young teens when we surfed, coast steered, climbed Ben Nevis and swam in the North Sea!

My boys are in their late teens now and are slowly flying the nest, it is here I find myself now, ready to embrace the next stage of my adventure journey.

Embracing my new found freedom and loving being outside, I am ready to do some exploring!

My adventure journey has included Moonwalks, marathon walks along Hadrians Wall and the South Coast, firewalks, abseiling down castles, coast steering, a cross country ski marathon in the Arctic Circle, a wing walk and training in an Environmental Cold Chamber at the University of Sussex at minus 20!

I have just come back from running a 1/2 marathon in Greenland - the biggest and most extreme event I have ever taken part in. This Arctic adventure has definitely left me with a fire in soul for more adventures.

This year I am off trekking in Peru, visiting the Amazon Rainforest, hiking around the Isle of Wight and organising a mega sea swim for over 500 "mermaids" to celebrate International Women's Day.

When I am not on an adventure I am working with my beautiful VW Camper Van called Daisy on photo shoots - if you want you or your business to stand out from the crowd then its time to book a branding shoot with Daisy.

See what DaisyVW has been up to

Photo Shoot Dates: Private shoots also available on request

Check out The Big Mermaid Dip for International Women's Day in Brighton - March 11th - Watch out for March 2024 Dates

Happy Adventuring

Nicky Chisholm aka #PinkNicky

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