What is community and how do you get it?
A community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. Anyone with an online presence or business needs community. If nothing else he or she needs a group of people to serve, and if served well, they listen and share ideas. More complicated is how to achieve it. I asked writers, artists, and creatives of communities large and small how they gather their communities. Here are their responses.
1.Jaime Buckley-Jaime Buckey.com“I don’t know, actually. For me, I just make friends and build relationships”.
2. Frank McKinley-FrankMcKinleyauthor.com” I achieve community by giving people what they crave most, even more than food and maybe even air – a sense that they matter. I do that by interacting with them. I ask questions. I try to be authentic. I encourage. I provide helpful content when I can. And since I love people, it’s my pleasure to do every one of these things”!
3. Lee Nicholson-TheProductiveWriter“I try to make it as simple as I can. The main message is always toward the “avatar” I have created”.
“The main message is always toward the avatar I have created”.-Lee Nicholson @LPN1cholson
4. Jathan Maricelli-JathanMaricelli.com“Ask questions. Hug people. Tell them what a mess I am. If they stick around, they’re my kind of people”.
“Tell them what a mess I am. If they stick around they’re my kind of people”-Jathan Maricelli@JathanMaricelli
5. Terry Gassett-HereToThereLifeCoaching“Show Up Authentically. Offer Value. Serve Generously”.
6. Caroline DePalatis-CultureWeave“Love, listen, & learn”.
7. Lauren Salkin-ThinkSpin“Listen, engage, care, share!”
8. Empowee Circle-Empowee“Honest conversation and dialogue”.
9. Renee Tarantowski-ReneeBaude“One person at a time”!
10. Colleen Golafshan-Loving&LivingToYourFullest“People caring enough to make others notice, so encouraging more and more to join in and do likewise”.
11. Teresa Colon-WoundedBirdsMinistry“Start offline and grow organically from there. Real relationships seed the whole community”.
“Start offline, grow organically. Real relationships seed the community”.-Teresa Colon@teresamcolon
12. Bobby Benavides-BobbyBenavides.me“Intentional relationships are key. Find the right people to pour energy into and gain energy from”.
“Find the right people to pour energy into and gain energy from”.-Bobby Benavides @BobBen74
13. Christine Goodner-SuzukiTriangle“That feeling of community you are looking for and craving? Create that and be that for others”.
“That feeling of community you are looking for and craving? Create that and be that for others”.-Christine Goodner @suzukitriangle
14. Deanne Welsh-SettingWriters,Stories&IdeasFree“To create community: show up, stay curious by asking good questions, and be yourself. The hallmarks of a life-changing community are safety, truth, and grace”.
The hallmarks of a life-changing community are safety, truth, and grace”.-Deanne Welsh @Eclecticwaters
15. Kathy Burrus-GreenHopeCoaching“I find much more engagement if I continue to ask questions rather than just respond to their comments. Keeps the conversations going. “Openness is built on trust -they have to know, like and trust you. That comes from sharing openly, authentically out of our own journey. It is valuable to accept people where they are – love them well”.
“Openness is built on trust -they have to know, like and trust you”.-Kathy Burrus, @GreenHopeCoach
16. David Mike-DilemmaMike“Fully investing in others with no expectations”.
17. Danielle Bernock-ConnectingPeopletoLoveThatHeals“By creating heart connections”.
18. Kris Loomis-KKrisLoomis“I think that in order to have a thriving community one must believe in compassionate actions and interactions with fellow members”.
“One must believe in compassionate actions and interactions with fellow members”.-Kris Loomis @KKrisLoomis
19. Janis Cox-JanisCox“My goal is to encourage people to hear the Word of God by prayer and reading the Bible. I also do watercolour and Bible Journaling and podcasting”.
“My goal is to encourage people to hear the Word of God by prayer and reading the Bible”-Janis Cox @AuthorJanisCox
20. Sovann Penn-SovannPen“Listening well, being transparent, having fun”.
21. Rick Theule-RickTheule“True community is achieved through close conversations, and that is achieved by listening well, being transparent, and genuine caring”.
“Community is achieved through conversations, listening well, being transparent, and genuine caring”.-Rick Theule @RickTheule
22. John Gyorki-ThinkerMe“Promise kept, builds community, encouragement, and engagement”.
“Promise kept, builds community, encouragement, and engagement”.-John Gyorki @OverThinkerJohn
23. Laura McCoy-GermanEdel“Give more than you take”.
24. Anika McFarland-Create with Confidence“Be yourself and help where you can”.
25. Selma Writes-Intricacies and Follies“We also show gratitude. Even if we have no idea where that person is we can send our thanks out into the universe where it will be changed into blessings. It will be delivered to our intended recipient. Believe”.
“Gratitude will be changed into blessings. It will be delivered to our intended recipient. Believe”.-Selma Writes @SelmaWrites
26. Judy Herman-JudyCounselor.com“I believe it’s regular and consistent presence, starting with existing communities. For me it’s prayer meeting at church every Tuesday morning; serving on a committee with Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. and hosting a peer therapist group in my office twice a month. Begin with local influence and branch out. It’s being part of Tribe Conference for three years in a row and meeting with Tribe girlfriends through Zoom monthly throughout the year. It’s deep before wide”.
27. Anne Peterson-AnnePeterson.com“Letting others know they matter. That your group will be better because they are part of it”.
“Letting others know they matter. That your group will be better because they are part of it”.-Anne Peterson @annepeterson
28. Steve Hawkins-SteveHawkinswrites.com“It’s a place where people who accept you and share identical heartbeats. You’re accepted despite your differences. It’s here where addictions and worries melt to the floor, and you’re at peace”.
It’s where addictions and worries melt to the floor, and you’re at peace”.-Steve Hawkins @theSteveHawkins
29. Shayne Seymour-Independently Happy“Be open, honest and vulnerable. Tear down the walls and venture out to help. Show up consistently, so people trust that you’ll be there. Be authentic, so people trust you’re not just trying to make a buck. See a need, fill a need. Be gracious and thankful they gave you a chance. Be a friend and make friends. Build a place where people know everyone will know their name”.
“Be open, honest and vulnerable. Tear down the walls and venture out to help”.-Shayne Seymour @indyhayhay
30. Meg Konovska-JustHowCoolIsThat“A community is a group of people supporting and cheering for each other, accepting each other as friends and partners but not as rivals and competitors. Sharing generously their knowledge and skills and getting the same in return.
The best communities are accepting and non-judgemental. They are free from intrigues, a safe place where you can share your trials and tribulations while avoiding the risk of being stoned to death.
And now, tell me, seriously, just how cool is that”?
“A group of people supporting, accepting each other as friends and partners, not as rivals and competitors.-Meg Konovska @MegKonovska
31. Stephanie Berryman-StephanieBerryman.com“Keep giving generously. Invite people to engage.
32. Alice Taylor-YourTayloredLife“By being authentic and giving more than you take”.