December 7 – Community (#reverb10)

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)

Of all the prompts so far, this one goes straight to my heart. I’ve had more community in my life this year than I’ve had most of my life. I built relationships at work that will last beyond the last day we worked together. That’s happened before, but usually with one or two people. I connected with roughly 10 people I’m still in touch with and miss. That was the best part of working at my former employer. The community amongst the staff was incredible. I’ll miss the dynamic of working with such a large group of awesome people.

While that was going on in my professional life, I somehow stumbled onto the local blogging community in Ottawa. Though I’d been blogging (irregularly) for over a year, I had no idea this incredible group existed in this town.

I’m a naturally shy person, but the blogging community welcomed me and accepted me and wanted to work with me. I found friends with similar struggles. They help me get through my tough times and I support them through theirs. And we’re all each other’s cheerleaders - in every area of life.

This year, I found out just how important community is to me in a way I never realized before. From talking to me for hours over the stress in my life, to taking me to Toronto for my first blogging conference, to driving across town to sit at my house so my husband and I could celebrate our anniversary, this community has reaffirmed for me (over and over) that building relationships with others is worth the risk.