The last few weeks have been rather interesting filled with the usual challenges and information overload that most of us who are self-employed have to deal with. I’ve needed support, provided help and garnered an enormous amount of information along the way. Throughout it all, I’ve managed to find solutions on my own and through the support of the community of bloggers that I’m a part of.
How Can You Find an Online Community?
- Become active on a couple of social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Follow a few blogs related to your niche target market and join in the conversation.
- Look for posts and comments that make you think or teach you something new and add meaningful comments that add value.
- Build your online presence by sharing experiences (both good and bad) that we all can learn from.
- Engage with other bloggers and business people by lending an ear and trying to help.
Connecting with people and helping one another online is no different from connecting and helping each other in our day to day lives. This week, someone emailed me a video about a community that came together to move a barn. It happened in 1988 on a small farm about a half mile outside of Bruno, Nebraska (sixtly miles west of Omaha). The barn had been built in the 1920’s near a creek and the new homeowners could not afford the cost of hiring a company to move it.
The Ostry family organized 344 volunteers to pick up and move the nearly 17,00 pound barn 115 feet and 6 feet higher to its new home as part of the Bruno Nebraska’s Centennial Celebration.
I hope you find this video to be as motivating as I did. Do you have stories where you’ve seen community come together? What stories can you share?