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My favorite thing about Scoutie Girl? The community.
I love the conversations that take place, the discovery of new things and ideas, and the passionate people that drive it all. And, as an introvert, I kinda like that I get all that from the comfort of my home.
Last week a member of my online community asked me if I’d like to meet for coffee. In person. Out in the real world. Yes! We happened to be in the same city, and as we learned, in the same neighborhood. Coffee sounded good.
Picture us: opting for tea, sitting at a table on the sidewalk at a local cafe. Sharing space, sharing ideas, talking about things within and without our online personas. Brainstorming, making referrals, discovering mutual opinions and loves. Laughing. Rolling eyes. Sipping. We had always been friendly online, but here were we beginning to act like friends.
Ok, we’ve met once, so don’t think I left the cafe with a new BFF. But I did leave with a better understanding of the whole person behind the website and the posts. I got to sit in her presence, and that communicates so much more than the online world can accomodate.
And so I bring you this little challenge: Sometime during this month, reach out to someone in your online community and meet in person.
“Community” and “relationships” get buzzed around a lot. When you take the opportunuity to strengthen them in the real world, surprising things can happen.