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I will not start a community. I will not start a community. I will not start a communi- Hey, stop it hand, stop going to that community section!

Sigh. After yet another comment on writing, I keep realizing these great potential ideas for communities. As much as I don't want to commit, I do think that maybe once I have more free time, I should.

I have two ideas running in my head so far:

-Writing: A theme-based short story monthly workshop. We throw in random prompt ideas and each month, you try to write a piece of quick fiction using those ideas one way or another. You keep it intensive like a class so that way you make sure someone does it and, if you can't, you post saying you can't for that month for one reason or another. Maybe whoever pulls the prompts is done in a round-robin style where everyone critiques it off a Google Doc and a summary comment if interested. I don't know whether it would make sense to make the posts private or public in that case.

Somehow I would be surprised if there wasn't a community like this on DW, but I think it would be good to have something more dedicated like that; only problem would be I would also consider making everyone admin and I'd need to make sure that whoever is in it will take it seriously and will also not take it so seriously that they become strict with style and not so much the effort. I know writing groups can go terribly wrong and that is part of the reason why I'm afraid to look at the ones people here have.

-Photography: A dedicated 365 a day share community. Crosspost the photos between each other, basically turn the community into a collage of work.

I don't see a lot of photog groups here that are active, so I think it would fulfill that need and a large enough group would encourage people to keep posting and taking photos even if it's mundane.

I'm tempted to also push the ideas of "buddies" to check on each other in case they seem to be having issues, just to encourage brainstorming by bouncing ideas off each other through chat sessions.

I know, this sounds more like a class than anything, and that's what I think my main goal for starting a community is; not so much to teach others as much as to get myself in the mindset of one.

I dunno, I think it would also depend on if there was anyone out there willing to basically join in something that they end up treating like a class. Thoughts?

Date: 2017-06-02 03:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dooriya
I'm super bummed there aren't many active photography communities on here - that was one of my favorite things in ~2004-6 era LJ. DW seems more fanfic/fandom centered, which is not my thing at all, but there are original artists out there!

Date: 2017-06-02 04:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dooriya
Oh yeah, i got so much inspiration from fellow LJers. so, so much. sometimes i'd even load up one of those sites that pulled the most recently posted public pictures from LJ and scroll thru them until something struck me. i remember so clearly one of a foot on a dashboard in focus from the outside of the car - it's owner busy making out heavy duty with someone, their bodies blurred on the seat. and another of a woman standing on the side of the road looking menacing. and so many others.

a workshop idea sounds like it could be fun. i haven't been in a poetry class in 9 years, but that one semester put me in such a permanent dream-like mindset that i've been trying to recapture since. it was intense - lots of reading, analyzing, writing, workshopping, but we all did it despite being all working adults.

Date: 2017-06-02 04:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] iwouldbegood
Reading this before work while sipping on my morning coffee, in a hurry but soooo looking forward to hopefully grabbing a few quiet moments at work to reply. Just skimming through the entry got me excited :D Especially the Project 365 idea!

Also I love how active you are! Three new entries to read yay :) Plus pics!

*bounces off to work happily*

Date: 2017-06-02 06:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_dylan
Sounds great to me! I hope that communities, any communities, start getting going now that there has been such an influx of people.

I should join a writing community, but then I'd actually be writing, and that is scary... because then I'd have to deal again with the fact that I was desperate to make a living as a writer when I was a kid and never managed to accomplish it.

Date: 2017-06-29 08:35 pm (UTC)
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No, I think that is really the best reason/way to do it!

Date: 2017-06-02 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I'd say just make the communities if you feel strongly about them. I've made communities and some have flourished and some have died. But they were fun regardless. I think writing communities always do pretty well. I'd say to make DW more active it would benefit from more communities anyway. Good luck!

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