Change Yourself | How Do You Sustain an Online Community and Keep Your Own Sanity? (Room 6A)
Among the top reasons that bloggers blog, according to every social media study BlogHer has ever conducted, is to create and be a part of a community. But make no mistake: building, nurturing, and sustaining community can be as draining as it is bolstering. It can pump you up and drag you down. Your community can be there for you when you need them… and sometimes they can be the last thing you want to deal with! If you’re in it for the long haul, if the long-term gains far outweigh the occasional unwanted drama, how do you take care of your community and yourself? How do you enlist deputies? How do you recognize when there are elements, topics, or members that need to go? Moderator Maria Niles talks with community-builders, such as Eden Kennedy, Elisa Batista, Julia Roberts, and Marie “Riese” Lyn Bernard, who share their insights and concrete tactics.