Art by Hal Case
Brad Murray just posted something that has jostled an idea that has been in my head for some time, and it’s about blogging, reciprocity, and intentional communities.
To those outside the tabletop gaming community, it may come as a shock to learn that Google+ was THE space for gaming talk and information. This happened almost organically, despite constant complaints about how bad G+ was. Recently Google announce they were shutting G+ down, and there has been much commotion about how to recreate the space and camaraderie of the thing.
I don’t believe this is a thing that can happen accidentally. It must happen intentionally. If you want to be part of a community based on sharing ideas and information you need to do a couple of things:
- Share your own ideas – whether by blog, twitter, or whatever. Just build a space of your own to share.
- Follow others who’s ideas you like, read their things and let them know you’re reading. Click those “like” buttons, comment that you like what they say – these things matter!
- And most importantly combine the previous two – share the ideas you follow and find interesting. I’m doing it here, sharing Brad’s words about how to encourage artists to make art!
So go get out there – don’t wait for the perfect community to crop up again. Make it yourself. Create your own community not by using the same platform as your friends, but by creating, following, and sharing with others.