Have you ever been a part of a community through Social Media? Here in North Iowa we are making things happen when it comes to Social Media. Several people from all across North Iowa gather once a month to chat about all things Social Media.
June of 2013, I took the plunge and decided that I was tired of having to travel hours away to find people that were interested in Social Media. I kept telling myself, “I know they are here but I just don’t know where to find them!” So, I set up a time to meet at the local coffee shop and was praying that three to four people would show up to set around a table to chat about Social Media.
At that first meeting we were six people and over the course of the past 11 months, we have had more than 45 different people attend. We have now graduated to a room that can hold 100 people. Real life connections still matter, Social Media is just the icing on the cake! This is exciting for me, as I have been involved in Social Media for more than five years and so many events have been out of state. I have had to travel many miles to find folks with the same interests as me. Five years ago people in North Iowa said to me, “Oh, Twitter? I don’t get that!” Now, five years later they say to me, “Oh, I’d like to learn about Twitter!”
If you have considered doing something different with your life or your business, I would highly encourage you to build a community through Social Media. The business connections that are being made at these monthly Social Media Breakfast get togethers are priceless. The friendships are fun to watch and after we meet, it’s all taken online to an online Social Media group through Facebook.
If you build it, they will come! Social Media is a terrific way to build a community and I would encourage anyone to do it. Whatever your passion is, make the real life connections happen and build your community through Social Media. Hey, if I can do this here in North Iowa, you can too!
Have you ever built a community through Social Media? If so, I’d love to hear about it!