Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2011? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2012? (Cali Harris)
I’ve been a fan of Scott Johnson (web comic artist and podcaster) for a few years now, but I only just started participating in the community this year. His podcasting studio is called Frogpants studio. The live chatroom during the recording of shows has been dubbed the Tadpool, and we call ourselves Tadpoles. It’s a very cool and nice group of people with similar tastes and senses of humour, who come from all walks of life. They come from all over the world, are a multitude of different races, span from the very young, to the very old, men and women, liberal, conservative, straight, LGBT, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, you name it, all united by one man and his nerdy, goofy sense of humour. And bacon.
I also became more involved in the blogging community, beyond just reading and commenting on the blogs of people I know IRL. I’m still a bit on the outskirts, but I have commented on one or two blogs of people I don’t know(!). It would seem my social anxiety follows me into the internet…
As for communities for the new year, well, it’s time I let you in on something. For some time, I’ve wanted to create a community where nerdy Moms can connect and talk about nerdly stuff and momly stuff with other nerdy Moms, without fear of boring anyone. One of the hardest transitions of becoming a mother was that I started automatically being grouped in with the other Moms. I’ve heard it said that having kids is the great equalizer. But it didn’t take me long to start feeling out of place. I dress strangely, I don’t like things (*cough* Twilight *cough*) that the other Moms tend to like, and when I dress my kids in retro video game clothing, or a certain Star Wars onesie, people always assume it’s Mr. G’s influence. HA! We’ve long since established that I’m the nerdier nerd of the two of us. So once talking about our kids is out of the way, what else is there to talk about? On the other side of the coin, my kids are a huge part of my life, so I tend to want to talk about them without the stigma of the “you used to be cool, but now you’re a Mom, and talk about poop all the time” thing. I know I’m not the only one walking the nerdy Mom line, and I think we’d all benefit from sharing our struggles with being unconventional in a conventional life with other like-minded individuals. This blog was the first step. Now, I just have to figure out what the rest of the steps would be….