Some people might have wanted me to have my head examined when I started an online community with Women on the Verge (WOTV). But, I HAD to do it. It represented too many things that I believe in - Women, Community, the Internet and Free.
I believe in Women.:
I was raised and surrounded by strong, wise, out-spoken women. My female friends have known me through decades - child birth, bad dates, marriages, divorces, bad hair styles, trials at work, and as travel companions -always there, making me laugh, crying with me, a glass of wine, an open hand, reaching out. We support and uplift each other. It is my belief that these characters represent the core beauty of women.
Women on the Verge, even though it is a very young community (less than six months old), seems to be attracting this very type of person - passionate, open-minded towards others viewpoints, yet unafraid to state our own and supportive. The members never cease to amaze me with their ability to share, open their hearts and let all of us be the beneficiaries of their lessons. They talk to each other, they blog about very personal experiences and they become more beautiful to me every day. Everyday of sharing, their light shines brighter.
I believe in Community.:
A a previously single mom (for fifteen years), I practiced and believed that old adage, "it takes a village to raise a child". Problems in our family were not secrets. We talked about it - sometimes ad nausea - to coaches, teachers, friends and extended family. Community helped me raise college graduates, solid adults and really good people that I am proud to call my children.
I believe in the Internet.:
No one entity owns the Internet. No one entity governs the Internet. The Internet is global and infinite. The Internet is information and in my opinion, our current day version of the Industrial Age.
I believe in Free.:
The first time I dialed into the Internet via a browser, in 1993, I was in awe. Free? I registered domains - free. I got a site hosted - free. I marketed websites - free. Everything was free and I felt like I had found buried treasure. Many of the Internet's treasures are still free - and I still get excited about it.
We're not alone.:
Currently, approximately 5000 followers and members combined share the WOTV community, still in it's infancy. I would say that we are not alone in our thinking that community and sharing on the Internet is a wonderful place to be, grow and believe.