Community – #reverb10 – December 7th, 2010

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)

This has been a difficult prompt for me to think on. I’m still not even sure how to go about blogging for this particular prompt.

I’m not even certain I’m going to blog for this prompt. I can’t seem to think of any real sense of community I’ve acquired, and it’s mostly through my own fault. Maybe a better question would be “How have you limited yourself community wise?” This whole new community I’m currently living in is difficult. I’m not certain how to go out and meet new people, or even how to join into the community. Seems as if it’s a bit close-knit and closed type of community. Also, given the fact that it’s a small community, there seems to be an extensive amount of gossip that happens. Any suggestions? Thoughts? Advice? I could sure use it.

As far as an online type of community, I’m not even certain there’s a niche/community I belong to. I’m not a mom, so I don’t identify well with the mom bloggers. There seems to be a cowgirl revolution that’s happening, and I’m working into being some part of that, however, my background is slightly different and it seems as if I’m still standing on the outside.

It’s so difficult to figure out where you fit in, and even more difficult thinking that you really do feel okay with not fitting in. There’s no mold that fits me.

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. ~ Thomas Paine

  • Stan

    Just be your self. Give every new acquaintance respect and let them improve on it or detract from it. Some will like you, some won’t. Enjoy those that do and don’t worry about the others. They probably have poor taste at best. There is little privacy in a small town as you won’t be overlooked as in a crowded one. If no one knows you some will speculate about you so it’s best to be straight and up front with all. Hold on to your values but try and learn what drives others. Don’t press but be of value to the community if you can. You are as good as any and better than most so enjoy life as you go.

  • I feel ya. After moving 20 times in 30 years, I constantly feel like the outsider. Whether I’m in a big city, or a small tight knit community, I often feel like I don’t really quite fit in. Occasionally, I find one or two great friends through classes or mutual interest groups, and I am always thankful for those.=)nn

  • Weekend Cowgirl

    Just be yourself! You do not have to fit into a mold. Small towns are great places to live and yes there is always gossip, but that is just the way it is. Be happy and do things that make you happy and you will find your place; it just may take awhile. Volunteer for something and the fact that you are doing good will open doors…

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