UPDATE!! Throughout December, I have been posting my personal responses to Reverb11. Below is my response to the 20th prompt! This post is my last Reverb11 response for 2011. I have decided to complete the final 11 prompts after the New Year (between January 1st and January 15th). I have one or two special posts to share before the New Year. Then, for the first two weeks of January, my posts will be a mix of reverb11 prompt responses and more “normal” posts! If you would like to join Reverb11, feel free to get started after the New Year! There are no rules :). Thank you for being a part of this personal journey!
20. Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2011? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2012? (Author: Cali Harris)
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. -Albert Camus
In 2011, I feel like I lost a sense of community—both online and offline. I’ve felt more disconnected than usual which is likely associated with a sense of loss with regard to communities that I am no longer a part of this year. Through this sense of loss, I’ve truly come to recognize the importance of community within my life—online and offline, personal and professional.
In 2012, I’m excited to rebuild community into my life. I will be moving in the spring (from Boston to Miami) and hope to join a book club after I get settled. I would also love to get involved with the creative community offline in a meaningful way. Online, I would love to begin to create a community to help individuals connect with others more easily—enable others to come together with ease and feel a sense of connection and unity rather than competition within the online sphere. I think there are so many people, like me, that crave a safe place online to share the ups and downs of our journey and to solicit/provide feedback. I hope that 2012 is the year that I’ll begin to fill this gap in the online community.
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