In the communities I’m in, I find value in either a post or exploration into something that directly affects me/my business/my interests, or if I feel I can add value to another person or several persons. As well, in the friendships (virtual tho they may be). I realize that sometimes I just don’t have time for either creating value by commenting, or in “dropping in” on a friend. Sometimes I don’t even have time for the latest and greatest news that’s going to immediately affect me.
EXPLORING VALUE FOR MYSELF
I participate in several Facebook Communities right now; these are part of my CHIP exercises, so I definitely have an agenda for my being there. I enjoy the interaction, but I would likely participate in fewer communities if I wasn’t “working.”
I also participate in a homeschooling community. It’s the greatest community I’ve witnessed, but I still only go there when I have a question that I want advice on (I’ve spent money with the founders, and might again).
I only read one blog, and I always try to catch that one because it reminds me to slow down and live life. (ZenHabits.net). This is valuable to me, and the value is ongoing.
My one other Important Read is email from FeverBee. I want to be the best I can be as a community builder, so this has immediate value to me.
Ok, so it comes down to value; I think we all agree on that. But value is subjective, and can change from day to day.
Is it worth trying to get them back? Or better to spend time with a simple reminder that the value is here when a person wants it, and move on to finding people who will really value what you offer but don’t know about you yet? (There was a recent post or article on this, here, wasn’t there?).