I'm beginning to get it. Community is something that has been a part of my life since I was little. Growing up in a small town, large extended family, and a small country church I have been extremely blessed to be supported and loved by my surrounding communities and I grew up.
Once I went off to college I realized that I really put a high value on community. I studied cultures during college and was always amazed at how beautiful and inspiring it is to see people living in community. I also was an Resident Assistant for a year and enjoyed building community amongst the women I served.
Now I am learning about this online artist community. I have become part of We Love Etsy, Indiepublic, and obviously I have opened an Etsy shop. I can feel the support. When people comment on a blog, or become a friend on a social network, even just share encouraging information in forums - we are building community. Amazing isn't it that through computers and creativity we can support and encourage one another to design and press on. Thanks for welcoming me to the community.