December 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? (Author: Cali Harris)
I'm a member of a few communities online. I don't always feel a part of my community offline, which is to say the town where I live. I defend it when nobody asks me to, and I'm unapologetic about where I live (it's not popular to live in the suburbs, you know).
Where I discovered community this year was at my work. I work at a school, and it's amazing the sense of community, camaraderie and fellowship that I get working here. School spirit has a lot to do with it, probably. People are proud to be here, which makes me proud to be here as well. It helps that I've been well received and people seem to be happy to see me. It's easy doing the work that I do to be seen the hero, but it's even better to be seen as a friendly face. There have been days that I've walked in the building and felt that, yeah, this is where I belong.
The community I'd like to connect more deeply with in 2011 is the Denver/Boulder community. I have met a lot of people through twitter, and everyone's been incredible. I'd like to cement those relationships more during 2011 by just being out and with them more. It's tough sometimes, with my job, family and colitis, but I want to make it out more and be with the good people I've met.