Recently, I’ve encountered multiple attempts to form communities on the blogosphere. Here are some of them:
Chuck Westbrook had started a massive community that’s designed to help under-appreciated blogs.
In addition, I’ve been recognized by a couple of fellow bloggers, who chose OBV in their viral blog award threads:
And last but not least, Melinda from Melindaville gave me The Arte Y Pico Award. Now, a few more words about Melinda — her blog has gotten on my must-read list recently, as she is an inspiring example of someone overcoming obstacles and flourishing.
Thank you, everyone, for making me a part of your communities.
I consider internet to be a great connector and ice-breaker. It’s a great forum where we can broadcast who we are to the world, and watch who gets attracted to the signals you’re transmitting. That said, going from the initial hello to actual friendship is anything but automatic — relationship building, even on internet time, still is not instant.
Numbers are the king on internet, so a lot of above are effort to expand communities, to reach out, to become “viral” — and there’s nothing wrong with that.
On the other hand, I have developed something of real friendships with some of you, and I really wish to deepen more, and to discover other friends-to-be.
To that end, I’m considering starting a group designed for a bit more intimacy, a band of tight-knit friends, who enjoy greater collaborations and peer-supporting.
I’ve always been a person with a few close friends instead of many acquaintances — and that’s a format I feel more comfortable in. I suppose I can’t manufacture friends but I think I know a thing or two about setting up an environment where it can foster such development.
I know I’m being vague here, but if you’re interested in discussing such a community-building, please let me know below.
Oh, and one final piece of announcement — you may have noticed, but I’m going to be integrating more of my music to OBV. I’ve been inspired by charming Christine Kane — my rock music is a bit of a stretch from the civil and logical side of me I express in this blog, but I’m going to see how I can integrate the two. 😉