This week I am off to the Alt Summit conference, and am more excited than ever to be there! I adore getting to meet with fellow bloggers in real life, give hugs and lend a hand to help when I can. I am speaking on a panel about freelance work and it’s reminded me of all the friends who have helped me over the past couple years.
A long standing tradition at Alt, and every conference Erin Loechner attends, is hosting a late night resource party. Really the idea behind this party is that everyone has goals and dreams, and most likely there is someone else who can help! The concept works wonders in the blogging world, since everything we do and everyone we know are so integrated. One of the tips I will be giving from stage is to make friends like crazy, and don’t be afraid to ask them for help! So many opportunities I’ve had have come from a simple request that another blogger was nice enough to fulfill.
The idea goes way beyond blogging though, and when Klennex asked me to write about something I’d love to do for my community, the answer was obvious: I would be host a resource party, with everyone I know! The concept is simple. You invite a whole bunch of friends over; the more varied the group the better. Serve up drinks and sweets and have everyone write down three things they’d like to do this coming year. Then go around the circle and as each person lists off their three goals, anyone in the room who can help will raise their hand. After the goal sharing is over, serve up more sweets so the helpers and helpees can connect.
“I think that, as creatives (and really, Americans in general), we all too often see each other as competitors and fail to see the greater cause. When we raise each other up, we’re shedding light on the creative community as a whole. We’re teaching the world how to love together, live together and create together. And that is a beautiful thing.” Quote by Erin Loechner for A Subtle Revelry issue one.
It is amazing what can be accomplished when a group gets together to share ideas and resources. Say you want to learn Salsa, or renovate your kitchen. Chances are someone else at the party can help you with that. Chances are you have resources that can help out another friend in getting to where they want to be. Because that isn’t the whole point of community anyway: To share resources and help one another onwards in life.
I am looking forward to this week very much, and am really grateful for my communities both online and off.
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Photography by Carly Taylor for A Subtle Revelry.