Rachel's Blog: Where's my community?
Maybe I'm missing something. There's probably a really big boulder just over there that I haven't looked behind yet. Please, let me know if you stumble across it. I'm talking about people. My kind of people. Only I don't know where they are, or even if they exist in substantial numbers.
The Internet is supposed to be good for communities, isn't it? Well I keep coming across groups of people that only partially fit. I was described yesterday as a "renaissance person". Is that the problem? Are my interests too specific or not specific enough?
Let's break it down (cue the beats). I'm a mother. I'm a Mother Who Thinks. But I'm a Mother Who Thinks About Things Other Than Being a Mother. And I'm Not American, I like it here in Melbourne.
I'm a Writer. But I am not a Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy, Literary, Children's, Non-Fiction or Poetry Writer. I'm all of those and none.
I Read. Graphic Novels, Film Scripts, Histories of Europe, Cookbooks, Essays, Magazines and the TV Guide. (I am addicted to libraries)
I'm Not Religious.
I'm both Frustrated and Bored by Politics.
I'm Well Educated and Unapologetic.
So why is it that I can find all of these groups that fit some of these criteria, yet none that I'm comfortable hanging around in for the long term? Am I a Snob too?