We must be seeking something that we're not finding.
Why else do you and I keep running into each other each time a new social media platform or publishing platform hits the market?
The same faces... the same desire to find that elusive sense of community built on a shared something. Which is odd because, by nature, people on social media seem to fall into three groups:
Those looking for large audiences
Those looking to share with their existing network
Those looking to simply find interesting content and interesting people
I guess I'm in the third group, and chances are, you are too. But it's funny how we keep running into each other, as if the last "clubhouse" wasn't quite right, or perhaps too many people crammed into it, or perhaps the community did what it's wont to do, dispersed after the novelty had worn off.
There was a community I had initiated once on a different platform, one that was based on an idea of "disruption" initially as a response to what I was seeing elsewhere. A juvenile response, perhaps, but one where I felt I needed to find other like-minded people who were also frustrated with the tactic du jour. One where we used that frustration as our initial bonding energy, which then branched out to conversations, debates, and even camaraderie. Perhaps not "forged in fire", but there was a bond there.
It's interesting how this keeps happening. It's like we've found this incredible bar, that a few people seem to have found first, and suddenly the gang is back together again. But we need more people to know about the bar, otherwise it seems to get stale quickly, so we tell people to come... but then slowly and surely it stops being "our bar". Suddenly there's karoake night, the bridge and tunnel crowd, a line out the door, and it's so noisy we can't have those incredible conversations over a perfect Last Word because our bartender is busy catering to some noisy group at the end of the bar ordering PBR tallboys.
Until next we happen to meet?