One of the most complicated parts of working and living online is finding, building, and maintaining your own community. Some of my closest friendships and collaborations have happened through social media and blogging. But I’ve also struggled a lot of times to find those community members, communicate clearly and maintain those connections. But all of the hard work that goes into maintaining a virtual community is absolutely worth it. And today’s #11 spot on the Top 20 Business Posts of All Time explains why. Writer and founder of Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim, contributed this post to Design*Sponge and in it she breaks down the importance of finding your own online community — and how to start from scratch reaching out to people to form real connections, big and small. xo, Grace
- Who Contributed This Piece: Glory Edim
- DS debut: November 2015
1. Engage Online: Explore the Internet and make it your mission to find likeminded individuals. Social media helps you discover people who are passionate, engaged and share your enthusiasm. Participate in Twitter Chats. Use hashtags. Share photos on Instagram. Follow people you admire on Facebook. Comment on Tumblr posts. And yes, attend events in person! I met author Naomi Jackson at the Greenlight Bookstore and our friendship grew on Twitter. I absolutely loved her debut novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, and used every opportunity possible to start online conversations with fellow readers. With enough consistency, what can seem like relatively small digital connections can lead to amazing collaborations.