Creativity in Community

by Raven Glomus

I am still trying to understand Facebook. I don’t like it but I realize that I can reach more folks that way. I pointed out a couple of weeks ago that I put out what I thought was a decent, interesting question and, although it got an okay number of view, it didn’t didn’t get any comments. Another post got a couple of vague comments but not very many views.

I posted what I thought was a more generic question and, for a couple of days, it didn’t get many views (I think less than fifty) and no comments and I thought that was that. Maybe my FB questions had run out of steam.

Then a couple of folks wrote nice, on topic and astute comments, and I replied, and I even got a thank you from Zamin (who is a regular commenter) and we were off. As of Thursday (as I’m writing this) we have a bit over a hundred views, which isn’t spectacular but isn’t bad either, and is at least double what I thought we were getting. I’m still trying to understand Facebook.

Here’s the post and the comments:

Creativity in Community

Healthy Communities and Community Memes

by Raven Glomus

I am tending to use Friday posts on here to summarize or showcase posts from the Facebook site. This past week has not been a good week for that.

I recently wrote what I thought was a good question on the site and it got an okay number of views, but no one commented on it. What good is writing an interesting question if no one responds to it?

Here’s what I wrote:

I also reposted a provocative meme from the Twin Oaks website and it didn’t get very many views. It did get two comments but neither felt particularly on topic to me.

Here’s the couple of comments:

I don’t know. Maybe folks are getting bored with the content. Or, perhaps more likely, it’s spring and everyone is just too busy to respond. Let’s see what happens from here.

Healthy Communities and Community Memes

This Summer

by Raven Glomus

It’s been a long and difficult winter. The pandemic has made it worse. I’m sure that it’s been better for those of us that live in community, but it’s been hard for us also. Now we are being told that the worst of the pandemic may be over by summer. By summer the weather will be warmer and there will be a lot more things to do.

I am always trying to think up questions to post on Facebook. We probably get a better response to the questions that I post than to anything else I put up on the Commune Life Facebook page. Although the question I posed recently did not say anything about communes or community, I figured by this time we have gathered a community related audience and they would respond appropriately. So I just asked:

As you can see, we reached 210 people and got five comments. I figured some would have nothing to do with community and other comments would. And, so it was. (Although, I put in my own answer which biased it a little in the direction of community responses.)

What are you looking forward to this summer?

This Summer

The Downside to Communal Living

by Raven Glomus

As I was thinking of what questions I could ask on Facebook, I thought of this: “What is the thing that you like least about communal living?” It seemed to have touched a nerve–we reached 400 people and got twelve comments. Here’s the post:

And here are all the comments. Apparently people are very clear about what they don’t like (well, except for Dan, who can’t remember):

Feel free to add to the list.

The Downside to Communal Living

Mysterious Popularity

by Raven Glomus

Okay, here’s a mystery. I’ve been posting on Facebook daily for over a year. Part of what we try to do is to reach as many people as we can. I’ve had posts where we had less than 70 people reached and posts where I was able to reach over 500. When I posted about Ira at Acorn winning an award, we got well over a thousand views–but Ira is amazing anyway.

Recently I was desperate for a Facebook post and thought of a question to ask. It was a decent question but not particularly interesting–I was really more interested in comments that I was expecting than the question itself. By early the next morning we had gotten a couple of comments–but for some reason, over 600 views. By now it’s gone up to six comments (one of which was from me), which really isn’t a lot of comments, but for some bizarre reason, it now has over six thousand views! I didn’t think that the question was worth it and it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the comments, so I am frankly mystified. I really don’t understand Facebook anyway, but this really makes me feel like it doesn’t make any sense.

I will share the post and comments with you. Maybe someone out there understands better how Facebook works.

Here’s the original post. Note the numbers of People Reached and Engagements, vs Likes and Comments and Shares.

The comments were interesting and here they are below. It’s just that I don’t think that they are 65 hundred views interesting.

Mysterious Popularity

Mental Health and Community

by Raven Glomus

Mental health is a somewhat controversial issue in the communes, where mental health challenges sometimes flare up but it’s also claimed that communal living improves your mental health. I decided to put the issue out on Facebook.

As you might note, I only got four comments, but they were all detailed and thoughtful:

As they say, it’s complicated. Still, these are issues that need to be addressed in many communities. At what point is the community helpful and at what point does the individuals mental health threaten the community? There aren’t any easy answers but at some point many communities will need to deal with these issues.

Mental Health and Community

Social Media: News or Control?

by Raven Glomus

I was thinking about Living Energy Farm’s rejection of Facebook and thought that I would begin the topic on our actual Facebook page with a question. Here’s what I wrote:

Yes, it’s a provocative, forced choice, but that’s what does well on Facebook. I was hoping for comments and I got a few. The first one was from me–I took the opportunity to explain my dilemma.

And several people did wrestle with the question. (Incidentally, for those not used to internet acronyms, YMMV stands for “Your Mileage May Vary”–meaning that this may affect different people in different ways.)

These are pictures from the Facebook feed, so don’t try to click on the links that Boone Wheeler sent.

Here are working links for these videos:

The War on Sensemaking V

The Social Dilemma

Social Media: News or Control?

Consensus–Pro and Con

by Raven Glomus

I am always trying to think of provocative questions to write on our Facebook page. (It’s the nature of the beast–provocative questions generate more comments.) I started thinking about consensus. While I, personally, am a fan, I also know there are people who don’t think that it works. This is the question that I wrote on Facebook:

I got nine comments, which wasn’t bad–and over three hundred folks looked at it, so I would say that it did fairly well.

Here are the comments that we received. As you can see, people had feelings.

I will add that I have seen consensus work and suspect that when it doesn’t, it’s usually because it isn’t being done right–or folks are trying to use it to get advantage–or both.

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Closeness vs Space

by Raven Glomus

Every so often, for a Facebook post (because we are still on Facebook, every day), I ask a question. Sometimes, the question gets lots of views and lots of comments; sometimes there are very few views and very few comments. Of course, I try for the former and often try to figure out what went wrong when I get the latter.

And sometimes we get a decent number of views but few comments. I honestly don’t know why. Maybe it seemed intriguing at first glance, but not worth putting comments on. I really don’t know.

Here’s one that reached 252 people and got two comments–one of which was from us. I thought that it was a good question but apparently it didn’t provoke folks enough to comment–other than Dan Parelius. Here’s what I put on Facebook:

Is that such a confusing question? Here is the only real comment, plus Theresa’s response.

It’s true. We do want to understand better what people are looking for in community. I guess that sometimes they don’t want to tell us.

Closeness vs Space

When do you dissolve a commune?

I asked this somewhat provocative question on Facebook, but with a real purpose. Unfortunately, many and perhaps most communities that are formed don’t make it. When is is time to pull the plug?

We got a bunch of comments–here’s most of them, including mine (Raven’s) and the reply that I made to someone who I chose to see as not understanding why I wrote this.

When do you dissolve a commune?