I am more and more thinking of the group of us who participate in this blog – in whatever ways we do so – as a community. We may participate in different ways. Some of you read an occasional post; some of you gobble up each new day’s post; some of you see me in my actual checkout line, and maybe comment on that morning’s post and/or maybe become material for the next day’s post – by giving me a hat (my now trademark, hand-knitted by Caryl red hat)
or offering me chocolate or a hug, etc. Some of you participate by adding comments, which I treasure and work hard to reply to in a timely fashion. Some of you may come to the mental health recovery presentation with me next Friday (which I promoted in yesterday’s post) – and maybe come out to lunch with me after, which would be a real gas.
I have other communities: the Jubilee Spiritual Community here in Asheville, the Asheville Movement Collective dance community, my Magnetic Minds depression and bipolar support group (and community – we socialize with each other, beyond simply attending meetings). I see the staff in our store as a community – and our customers with us as a bigger community.
But the community of this blog – which overlaps with all these other communities – is really close to my heart. You all are really close to my heart. My writer is a really important part of who I am, so to have so many people reading and participating in this blog is kind of thrilling for me. I have frequently, since I left the corporate world behind about ten years ago (organization development – at its best I loved the work, but at its worst it really burned me out), said that I have become the working class hero I was always meant to be. I identify with my brother and sister cashiers and all front-line customer servers: fast food workers, restaurant servers, retail sales associates, cab drivers, call center agents – I’ve done all of these in the last few years but fast food). I have a vision of this blog reaching more people, giving lots of non-cashiers an insider glimpse of what our work lives are like for us, and being a positive influence in the lives of other cashiers/servers, influencing the people who manage us, etc. I’m talking with my internet marketing guru friend Jason Spencer about how to do this.
Big dreams, but a very big current reality! You are my community – you are my people. I hope that you will more and more feel yourself a part of this community. Leaving comments helps. Emailing me or talking to me in the checkout line helps. (My regular hours are 10-6 W/Th/Sat, but you can check with me in advance if I am going to be there by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.) If you think of anything I could do or something I could write about that would build the sense of community for you, please leave a comment or send me an email.
Power to the people!