Walking back from community camp last week I had a chance to think about what’s changed in the past 10 years. After all, 2006 is the new 1996 and people are leaning forward again with the twinkle of possibility in their eyes.
Lots of other “C” words have come around – content and commerce among them, and some of the tools are new (blogs being foremost in my mind), but none of the words carry as much weight and have as much power to influence as community. Just as usenet newsgroups, bulletin boards and chat rooms enabled us to listen and learn, and read and write about our passions and our interests, blogs are giving both writers and readers new and interesting ways to share knowledge and support, gain fame and fortune, or just get their message out there. We live in a fast-moving, disposable society where jobs, friends, even spouses come and go in ever-quickening cycles. But, at the end of the day we all need meaningful connection with others. The blogosphere affords us all tremendous opportunities to find other people seeking the same connection we are, around the things we love the most. Finding those blogs that actively focus on your interest is still too difficult. That’s why we created our Featured Blogs feature n the sphere site. You’ll find up-and-coming food stars, incredibly talented crafters, astute reporters of the news, sharp-witted political theorists and some very funny humorists (just to name a few). It’s time to lean over the electronic fence once again and open an ear to or participate in the conversation. Community is king once again. (Only, for me, community has always been and will always be king.)
Posted by Victoria