The Importance of Community Support: What is a Community?
When one thinks of a community, some words might come into play...maybe these: caring, supportive, familiarity, safe, helpful, united to promote a common interest or idea....that stuff. But, a community does not fit into a nice neat package. We use the word a lot, but it is important to ask more seriously what the term "community" is. A community is a sort of "construct"; We can't see a community, nor touch it, or directly experience it. Just like a snowflake, no two communities are exactly alike. They may share the same ideals, but the personal experiences will always be different. A community is not only the people in it-- but what was already established long ago, and which would continue to grow through the ages. Take DeviantART for example. This site I believe when it first started up, wasn't as big as it is now. But due to the hard work of the staff, and support from it's members, this place eventually grew to what it is now. A community, in some terms, does not describe a physical location, but a group of people with similar interests. Like all of us in DeviantART. We love the creative arts...isn't that why we're here? Not only is the concept of a community a 'construct' or a "model", but it is a "sociological model". A community usually involves socialization/interaction with other people. Socialization.
Now then, part of what a community does is show support. In this age, this is a problem due to trolling, or "bullying/cyberbullying" going on, but I know we all can make a difference, if we set examples for others to follow. When I talk about the DeviantART community, I'm talking about YOU, the person reading this journal, and you who is happening to skim past this journal on incident, and even you, who is trying to delete this off your messages as we speak. As much as DeviantART is one of the largest online communities, we have so few fellow members willing to stand out, and get those positive messages across to everyone. There are so many opportunities to help out other deviants. Community Support is one that fosters growth, promotes safety and well-being, and nurtures a positive atmosphere, and is always there to help out, or be helped. Go, browse through the galleries, make each person's day with a 'hello"...you can be an active member here. You can stand out. You can selflessly act for the sake of postivism.
I love this community. Do you?
Ways YOU can show your support
DeviantART is, from the years I've been here (4-5 actually, with some minor leavings and such), is blessed to have such a ever-growing supportive base, in which the staff themselves converse with their members, and even include member output on most, if not all, of their projects.
Now, like I mentioned before, you don't need to be a Gallery Moderator, or a Volunteer to show your support. It's not hard, really. Get out there, and maybe do what other people are doing, and host your own feature events! There are many people that have decided to take this simple and selfless act to display their fellow deviants' work for the people here to take a look at! It's not hard to do this. All you need to have is determination, time, and a post on the Deviant Thumbshare
Here are some examples for some:
[ Feature Friday Volume 4 ]Hello.
IF YOU LOVE THIS JOURNAL, PLEASE FAVORITE IT TO GET SOME MORE LOVE!
Please excuse me for the very late update. I've had a long day, and most was devoted to helping my older sister with her Film stuff.
Okay, now that aside, Welcome to the fourth installment of the FEATURE FRIDAY Project! Photography, Digital and Traditional Art, Artisan Crafts, Literature....at least one of these are in this collection!
I'm so glad to be sharing the wonderful works that these people share with me via my Feature Friday posts! As usual, some of these works are under-commented, or receive less attention. Please be very mindful and Make their days! Every +fave, comment, or possible watch or critique is very appreciated! Show your support for this wonderful community!
Also, watch out for my next forum post, Feature Friday Vol.5 which will be coming out sometime one Sunday or so!
Well, here goes!
Or maybe you don't want to do that, and instead you want to help get that certain work known for others to see...How about you go for suggesting a Daily Deviation? It's easy, fun, and you'll be bringing up some hidden gem for all of us to see! The amount of deviations each day is too much, that sometimes there are those pieces that make us think...make us feel...make us get inspired...and they get lost in the crowd. If you found such a work, and you want others to see its awe, why not do this option?
It's not hard! Here're two articles on the topic to get you guys motivated!
Or...if the latter two don't cut it for you, and you really want to get in there and help out your fellow staff, then you can keep up with the communityrelations
group, and sign up to be a Community Volunteer here
! (Be wary to read all the information to see if you REALLY want to do this, and if you're up or eligible to join. Remember! It's A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY when you do this, and if you DO get chosen, do your job
Besides all of these, you can show support to your fellow members by going to their pages, giving constructive feedback when they need it (If you want to do this, why not join up with ProjectComment
? They're all focused on giving and receiving quality feedback!), or just stopping by and helping a new deviant out? Just saying a simple "hi" on their pages brings a smile to one's face.
So, all this aside, why don't you go out and show your support?
Thanks for having me on here (it's my first time, yikes!) and well, hope this inspired you!
Have a nice day!