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Showing Up Isn't Enough

by Theresa H Hall (writer), East Coast USA, October 21, 2010

Credit: MattGarber
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Nov 2007 Hershey, PA

Being a part of a social community is good for us ... but participation, is what is critical to make it a success.

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.

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Theresa H Hall is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Lynda Lehmann on October 21, 2010 at 09:11 am

It's difficult to keep up, especially when you belong to many artist's sites as well as blogging and networking communities. I keep hangin' on, looking for a balance but not able to find it.

But I agree with you. What you have said about participation relates to what I always used to tell one of my friends who constantly complained about her husband: Be the matrix of your own experience, do what you do out of love and with love, and operate from a position of strength. If you're having a bad day and feeling vulnerable, go to your core and come back strong and renewed!

You have made a good point, Theresa!

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By BusinessLife on October 21, 2010 at 09:29 am

What a positive and uplifting article that has what I call, "Motivation with Meat on the Bone." Motivational speakers, just some can easily fill their audience up with hot air and empty promises of becoming great. But without direction and even initial suggestions, how can one develop and then reach in deep to find one's own true choice of next steps?

What a great article to get the day started, or any day for that matter. :)

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By Theresa H Hall on October 21, 2010 at 01:08 pm

Perhaps the crux is simply, care and it will happen.

Thank you for brightening my day!

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By Theresa H Hall on October 21, 2010 at 05:07 pm

All I can say is that your words mean a tremendous amount and they will be treasured. Thank you very much!

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By Theresa H Hall on October 22, 2010 at 05:34 pm

Garry you certainly have contributed here in a positive way.

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By Frank - icare2be on October 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm

There are 1440 minutes in a day. Priorities establish the use of them. If we are just auditing it is a waste of our time and wasting the time of others. Participating is a verb requiring action.

@Theresa I echo Melody's words. Thank you for the encouragement.

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