Welcoming and Influencing Your Community

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Welcome to My Community by Katie Shea Design

Long ago were the memories of the wafting aroma of freshly baked cake, bread or the sweet fragrances of fresh-cut flowers being ready for the welcoming of a new family into the neighborhood community.

Growing up in my “Baby Boomer Generation” there was a welcoming protocol to most neighborhoods.

Whenever we would see a moving truck pull into the neighborhood the children would get excited and wonder if the new family would have kids that could be possible new playmates.

The “grownups” as we called them would get busy putting together cakes, cupcakes, meals or a bunch of handpicked flowers to call on the new neighbors welcoming them to the neighborhood.

The families would take turns greeting the new neighbors by knocking on the front door or ringing their doorbell and introducing themselves carrying homemade, welcoming gifts.

There was also something called “The Welcome Wagon”  that some neighborhoods also used in addition to personal welcomes as described.

Recently while participating in a Twitter Chat by chance the very drastic shift in our daily lives jumped out to me.

There is hardly any children playing outside, neighbors sitting on their porches or neighbors ringing doorbell delivering welcome gifts.

Plentiful is the “Virtual Communities” that have no doors with knockers or doorbells, just keyboards that with one keystroke can “Like” or “Obliterate” the lives of anyone or everyone in a particular virtual community.

We now have Emojis to express our feelings including, cakes, hearts, and flowers!

The problem with emoji is that you cannot smell, taste or feel them and share those sensory experiences with another living being.

Virtual communities are growing in leaps and bounds, but people are feeling lonelier than ever.

Depression is at an all time high and selfies abound!  What is this compulsion to photograph one’s self every breathing moment implying that life is one big party??

All the non-stop social sharing masquerades as communication. It is not social sharing if there is not any exchange or reciprocation.

After I participated in a random twitter chat it was pointed out to me that so many feel left out, not heard and not even greeted with a proper hello.  The gratitude for taking the time to take part in a chat or give to the community by attending is scarce and more times than not, reserved for the social stars that bring numbers to the game.

This ignited my thoughts about how many people have taken their time deciding to become part of “My Virtual Community.”  Have I greeted all with a “Hello” and “Thanked” them for hitting that Follow button or “Liking” my Tweets, FB Posts, Pinterest Pins or Instagram Images?

This Post is for all those I have missed out on saying a proper “Hello” greeting and “Thanking” you for deciding to become a member of my community!!

I would love to be able to stop by for a cup of tea or if it is five o’clock somewhere a glass of wine!

I would like to bring over a cake, freshly baked bread or a bunch flowers and tell you that you matter and you are not just a number acquired for social media statistics.

Call to Action for My Community:

I would like to influence my community to participate on social media by sharing, exchanging and reciprocating with me and their own micro-communities.

I invite you to drop me an email:  ksdpinterest@gmail.com  Say Hello, a few words to connect or hit me with a tweet @KatieSheaDesign,  Friend Request me on FaceBook, Leave me a comment on Instagram , Say Hi on Pinterest or leave me a comment below!

I will respond as soon as I can.

Virtual Communities can launch off-line communities where people’s presence and participation make a difference.

Social Media is just the cocktail party leading to the main event! ~ KSD

Best,

Kathleen

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 smartphone, edited with the snapseed app and designed with the picmonkey app.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Editor of Distinction Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics

What is The Daily Basics?

This growing community is developing a unique lifestyle environment on and off the web. Strategical live and virtual events  are included in this eco-system where communities of people from all avenues in lifestyle are engaged.

The Daily Basics is all about Lifestyle – the quality, differences, style and trends on how people are actually living.  Never before has there been a directory of key lifestyle bloggers integrated into an eco-system where the average person can easily engage with the best daily conversation online in one destination.   To quote Cynthia “We are not replacing the magazine, we are simply a new way of delivering content to readers with same warm and cozy experience they got from their paper magazines but in a deeper more meaningful way”.

Cynthia Bogart:  Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Basics

If  you’ve opened up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style or Kitchen & Bath Ideas, you might have seen a few of the articles The Daily Basics editor, Cynthia Bogart has been producing for the last 18 years.  Cynthia’s job was to find homes and trends; style and work with top photographers, shoot the stories and then write the manuscript for many of the articles you’ve been reading all these years.  Is it any wonder that when the trend turned from paper to online that she was a few steps ahead of everyone else?  Cynthia’s vision is to give YOU,  the reader,  fresh cutting edge content from people who are lifestyle & home experts every day,  five days a week.

Basically Loves:  Living a great quality lifestyle based on old fashioned principles in a new trendy way!

March 13th 2012 8PM EST  Cynthia Bogart AKA  The Daily Basics  and  Chef Robin White  @canapes45  will be Hosting  the #TuscanSunChat  Tweet Chat  moderating an hour long event to celebrate the release of the new book:

“The Tuscan Sun Cookbook”.   Authors Frances and Edward Mayes will jump on to Twitter to chat with all their fans, ready to answer your candid questions.

To follow all the action on the night of the Tweet Chat you will want to make sure to “follow”  on @Twitter .

Lead Sponsor for the Tweet Chat is Signorello Estates, in Napa, known for their great wines.   Follow them on Twitter @SigVin.

To join in the chat, go to Tweetchat.com at 8PM EST on March 13th and login.

Search the hashtag #TuscanSunChat.

 Follow along with:

Hosts :

Cynthia Bogart  @thedailybasics

Chef Robin White  @canapes45

Authors :

Frances Mayes  @francesmayes

Edward Mayes @Edwardmayes

Chef Michael McMillan  @SignorelloChef  from the  Lead Sponsor for the Tweet Chat  Signorello Estates, in Napa, known for their great wines.   Follow them on Twitter @SigVin.

Chef  Robin White’s Web Page:  http://www.chefrobinwhite.com/page_id=2740  has very specific    #TuscanSunChat  instructions  as well as a link  for TWITTER LESSONS.

Hope You Join The Tweetchat.com  March 13th 8PM EST  #TuscanSunChat!