An Intentional Community
Lately I've been reading and thinking about the state of our online “communities”. It is undeniable that we are able to reach more people, more easily, than ever before. I have passive access to information about my friends from high school, friends from old jobs, really any friend, for free. This is a good thing, right?
But we all know there is a problem. The companies facilitating these transactions have to make money somehow, and the more we learn about them the less savory those monetization methods seem.
Also, while we now have very easy access to one another, we also have very shallow access to each other. Traditional social media encourages us to develop anodyne, pleasant, and ultimately boring versions of ourselves to show our friends. Since we aren't talking to any one person our personal thoughts have to become fit for public consumption. As convoluted as that last sentence is, the problem is far worse.
Tl;dr: Here's Why I Don't Like Social Media:
- I am uncomfortable with the fact that social media exists to make a profit off of my friendships.
- I dislike the fact that our social media friendships are devoid of life and interest. Being friends online no longer implies any level of friendship.
I'd like to try something different.
Gathering for a Reason
I believe there are two motivators for people to come together; they either assemble because of a commonality of location, or a commonality of purpose. Current social media allows for neither.
To that end I would like to try something new. I'd like to create a small community built around a single purpose. In other words, an intentional community.
Because of who I am and what I like to do, I'd like to gather a community of writers. This small intentional community isn't meant to be a total replacement for people's other networks, simply an additional network, one in which we can all celebrate this facet of our lives together. I already loosely belong to one such writing community; I decided to create this one in the hopes that some people from that group would like to join, but without disrupting the already fruitful and close-knit community they have going. I think there is room for two groups in one life.
Additionally, I've learned that writers, when they get going, are anything but boring around each other.
So I created this site! Writer Friends! is a place for people to write, and talk about writing, and even get some of their words out into the world in a safe and easy way. I want to be part of a group of people who are excited about writing. One the group's About page I describe what I think will be the initial focus of the group; Exploration and Wonder. This isn't a hard limit set on what anybody can write in that group, it's simply a direction, a theme. I expect it to change over time.
Come Join me!
For now I'm also limiting the size of this group. I think ten people is about right. If you're interested, message me directly and I'll send you a link to sign up. There will never be any ads on the site, nobody is tracking you, and your writing can be as public or as private as you want it to be. The site is fully free for you to use; although I'll accept donations to keep it running if you're so inclined to send a few bucks my way.
Thanks for reading this! Let me know if you're interested and let's build something great!