When someone says they belong to a club, a group, an organization, a cause, or a social community, do you ever wonder if they are a contributor or not? While it's great for any association to have high membership (what good is having 10,000 members if only 200 of them actually give?), to me ... belonging isn't enough. Showing up isn't enough. It takes people getting involved and becoming an integral and pro-active participator in order to make something fabulous thrive and grow. I am not speaking of money, but about time and ingenuity, being a lively producer of content, and a relay beacon of vital communications. I'm talking key interaction and connection.
"Being a part of a social community is good for us ... but participation, is what is critical to make it a success".
Dropping by, or popping in but not adding anything, isn't what membership is all about. That would be the same as going into the voting booth claiming you are one particular political party, then pulling any knob or lever haphazardly. Then walking from behind the curtain to slap a "I Voted" sticker on your shirt. If you sign-up somewhere or join then do it for a reason, not just to say, I am a member of this or that. The point is that communities, groups and clubs depend upon us, their members, to actively participate.
Here are five points which can help us all be better participants:
Get to know more members (give new members a chance to get to know you)
Visit and read more articles (others will start reading you more often, too)
When rating an article never be cruel, offensive, or harsh (remember it takes hard work to create)
Commenting gets the writer's attention and focuses attention on you
Being present offers you a chance to grow in popularity
I should like for your to agree that as soon as each of us decides to put a little more in and expect a little less from, that this is when the biggest growth occurs. The point when everyone involved in building up their community, ends up boosting everyone to work together.
Synergy is the interactions or cooperative joint efforts on the parts of a group of people to produce an effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. (All Reference Libraries) Which boils down to you and I and the next person, putting in more than we're taking away. By removing the mystery and acting in a positive way, our community will thrive and thrive.