Reverb 10, Day 7 Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
In 2010, I definitely found myself in the blogging community. I think it was in 2010 that I discovered the awesomeness that is Google Reader and began to actively jump into strangers’ lives on a daily basis (and stopped thinking of them as strangers). I lost a little of that when I switched blogs and I actually felt that loss. It’s why I was upset with my mother in a way that I hadn’t been since I was a surly teenager. The blogosphere is a funny space because you put everything out there but then think you can stay anonymous. I’m trying to balance that now and am happy with the growing sense of community I feel around my new blog. I’d like to nurture that in the new year and even meet some of these bloggers with whom I sometimes feel so kindred.
In 2010, I left my job at a resort, which had hundreds of employees but never felt like a community. Everyone there was out for blood and only looking out for number one. I joined a small office as the sixth employee and feel much more connected with the people I work with now.
In 2011, I’d like to find a sense of community in my city. I proclaim, probably a little too loudly, that I don’t fit in here. I always wanted to live in Scottsdale, but now that I’m here, it feels like L.A. East and I left L.A. because it’s not my style. That’s very narrow-minded of me and I know that. Stereotypes are typically there for a reason, but they are not absolutes. I think with a little effort, I will find a niche in Scottsdale in which I feel comfortable, whether it’s with other bloggers/writers, through a running group, by volunteering or something else.