It feels like spring today in my part of Chicagoland, and over on Twitter I see people on the West Coast preparing to head out to their farmer’s markets. So now I want to be at mine.
Unfortunately, it’s only mid-February, and here in the Midwest we won’t see a farmer’s market for months to come. Memorial Day, where are you?!
I want sunshine and rows of fresh produce and flowers—lettuce and spinach, strawberries, live plants for the garden. I want the party atmosphere and the fun of seeing friends and neighbors out and about. Continue reading
Wondering how your Facebook page’s performance compares against other pages? The social media analytics firm Quintly just released some interesting benchmark data that you can use for comparison purposes. Continue reading
Image by Erich Ferdinand – Creative Commons
I’ve been thinking a good bit about the recent discussions surrounding whether lurkers have any value in an online community, and I have to weigh in on the side of lurkers – at least in association and non-profit communities. Continue reading
Once again, the weekend has rolled around, and if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself feeling behind on your reading and wondering what news and other interesting info you might have missed during the week. To help, here are some of the best articles I’ve come across this week: Continue reading
Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan announced last week that he will begin charging readers to access his blog, The Dish. This is very big news in the journalism world, where the question of whether readers will actually pay for good content rages. But it also carries with it a lesson for associations – and really for anyone who has a website that they want people to visit. Continue reading
I can’t get the theme song from “Cheers” out of my head today. My son has started watching the show in reruns (Netflix streaming is an amazing thing, especially paired with a Roku box), so I’ve been hearing that theme song a lot lately:
“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.”
This got me started thinking about communities, and especially online communities. And I think perhaps the “Cheers” writers and song lyricist hit on something of a universal truth about community. Community, in any form — online or in person; in a bar or college dorm, or at a meeting or conference — is about making people feel welcome. A community is a place where people know and recognize each other, and rely on and support each other. Continue reading