ALT:ernative: Part of Something Significant.

The Godmother at ALT:ernative: When I think about the blogging community I have become a part of over the last year, I’m staggered at the sheer range of personalities and attitudes that exist side by side. Yes, there are moments and flashpoints, but in the main people are remarkably tolerant, and amazingly generous in people’s moments of crisis. However, I think there’s still a lot of work to be done in making people feel they really are part of a place where they are important, and where their voice matters. It can sometimes be very lonely out here: just because no-one responds to a post or has nothing to say when you Tweet, it doesn’t mean that people don’t care. It just means there’s a lot more to a community than the people who make the noise. Everyone sometimes appreciates the comfort of being a silent majority, especially if more pressing individual issues come to the fore. A true community isn’t just about the big events and the contentious topics, after all.

If you’re having a bad day, you should feel able to talk about it with your friends, wherever they happen to be. If you don’t like the place in your game you are at right now, you have the power to change it, it just takes confidence to make the move. If you know deep down it is a place you want to stay in, then you just need to find the right spot that fits you. That’s where the community comes in: talk to them, ask their advice. Sometimes a change is all you need to completely reinvigorate yourself. However, if deep down you know the answer is to not be part of this place any more, then have the confidence to move on. The true friends you have made will understand and still be there.

Never forget you are part of something significant the moment you choose to share your thoughts with others: in game, on a blog, in a group. What you feel and say does matter, and you may be surprised who is listening when you do. . . . Read full article

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