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)
This year was a bit of a bust communitywise. 2009 I was all about blogging and tweeting and interacting with other internetcentric folk and partying with friends almost every weekend. 2010 I've been almost a hermit.
For the last few years I've been really wanting to get back into my church community. I started off this year with a conference for Unitarian Universalist young adults which reconnected me with some people I hadn't seen in ages with whom I used to be really close but because I work weekends I didn't really have another opportunity to meet up with those people or to even go to church.
My trip to New York this January I met up with Erica of You Should Only Know and Mia of Little Miss Sarcasm as well as some of their friends which was a pretty nifty adventure of meeting a part of my internet community IRL (as they say). Even though I only hung out with them for a couple of days I've kept in some form of contact with them with the magic that is facebook and twitter and if I magically get a week off between jobs and make it to NYC, I'd definitely want to make time to engage in more shenanigans with them.
Also in the internet realm, I'm going to have cupcakes and champagne with Nicole of More is Better this weekend which will hopefully lead to me even further expanding my community of awesome people that could have actually been murderers/not at all interesting in real life but weren't.
Some of my friend live in other towns, some in other states and one literally lives two houses down from me but they all have a completely different schedule than my crazy graveyards on the weekend. It's been really hard to see most of them and for lack of a more elegant phrase, it really sucks. I'm hoping that winter break, my new work schedule and a semester of mostly online classes will let me remedy that situation. Otherwise I'll be the saddest pony.