3 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Community
It seems like there is a growing number of communities showing up all over the internet. Everyone who has a platform builds one that they say is right for you. The truth is, even if you're a loner, there will be times where you need others. So the idea of finding what some call your tribe has become essential. And why so many have been able to put a price on it. But when considering joining a community, you will need to factor in more than just the price tag. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you start looking.
Do you have a community already?
Sometimes we have what we need right under our noses. Some of the best communities develop organically with the people you have known for years. All you have to do is start investing in those relationships with your time, helpful advice, a listening ear, and some love. See how they return the favor; you may find that you don't have to go far for the right connection.
Before Covid-19 became our norm, my cousins, sister, and I did what I called "Cousins Day" (I know I can be corny), and each of us would pick an activity to do within the year, and we hung out just us girls. We found ways to encourage each other, pass along relevant information, and celebrate each other's wins.
What do you want from a community?
Sometimes we seek community outside of family and friends because we need more, and that's cool too. I joined a community of Christian writers because I wanted to network with storytellers who's goal is to honor God with their work.
It took me some time to join (I am never sure about these things), but at $50.00 a month, I jumped out pretty fast when I noticed I could not connect to the community. This experience taught me that although I wanted a group to help me in my career and have the same core values I had, I needed to feel connected more than feeling like I am going through a course.
Be clear on what is important to you when hunting for your tribe. Do you want an intimate group, or is more the merrier for you? How much do you want to pay for this interaction? What kind of information do you expect to get out of the group? Are you joining for entertainment or business?
How much are you willing to invest?
Investment does not only include price, although you don't want to find yourself spending out of your budget. Joining these communities can get pretty expensive, especially if you are apart of more than one. But time is just as important as money, so you may want to consider how much of it you will need to dedicate to make joining the community worth it.
The bottom line is, having a community is everything, and it can be a great experience. Still, before you delve headlong into it, you may want to do your homework, ask yourself what would make the right community for you.