“We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.”
– Starhawk (aka: Miriam Simos)
We like to call Girlfriendology the ‘online community for women based on inspiration, appreciation and celebration of female friendship.’ The community for women, for girlfriends, based on friendship. And it is. And it’s awesome.
Lately I’ve been speaking at several social media conference on ‘community.’ What makes an online community, how to build and manage it, how to grow your community*. COMMUNITY. It also goes by the popular names of your ‘tribe’ or somewhat your extended family. People who look out for each other.
I asked on Twitter and got some great responses:
- @CynthiaKSeymour: People helping each other survive and Thrive! AND Love the concept. Using #socialmedia for “tribal” support = meaningful actions & not just idle chatter/noise
- @LindaAHiggins: A united group of individuals with similar ideals, beliefs and interests.
- @lindaperrybarr: I think of community as an association w/ similar interests and goals, and a tribe as more insular, hierarchical.
- @mommybits: Support is the first thing I think of.
- @RebeccaReflects: Community – a sense of belonging & family. Tribe – people working together for a common goal; less personal than community.
The quote above actually touches on so many of the aspects and benefits of community:
- Where we can speak with passion
- Receiving of us, happy to greet us, celebrate us and with us
- ‘Strength and joins our strength’ – together we’re stronger
- Arms to hold us up
As women we’re blessed, yes BLESSED, to have strong female friendships and special women in our lives who welcome us in their homes, families, world. We’re fortunate to be called their our friend and to know their arms are there to hold us up, that they celebrate us and with us and because they know us. If you have a circle of friends, or a tribe of sisters (whatever you want to call it), count your blessings! Count them girlfriend by girlfriend. And know that you were the amazing title as ‘tribe’ or ‘community’ to your friends as well. It’s an honor and a duty, and just wonderful to have a community of women who care deeply about you and your happiness.
How’s your girlfriend community? Do you have ‘fulfilling friendships?’ Do you have a tribe of women who, when you’re with them, it feels like ‘home?’
If you do, feel blessed! If not, you might want to check out our new eBook: GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 101: Simple Steps to More Fulfilling Friendships.
* For information on our upcoming eBook on Building, Managing and Growing an Online Community, join our newsletter list for information and updates. It will be coming soon! And to see me speak on online communities, attend some great women’s social media conferences – Type A Parent Conference and Bloggy Moms Conference, among others.