Cultivating a Creative Community

People need people.

Boom - throws mic on the ground and walks off stage. Is your mind blown? Probably not. I'm okay with that. Do you ever feel isolated and like you don't have anyone to bounce your creative ideas off of? That can be an extremely lonely feeling. What do you do if you live in a small town, or little city that doesn't have all of the blogger or creative go-to events, stores, and meet-ups? 

Over the next few weeks I'm going to share with you all about my intentional pursuit to find my creative tribe.

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Step One: the good ole interwebs

When I found myself in a new city I began searching online for creative spaces, local favorites, and events where I could bump into like-minded people. I was a bit discouraged because I couldn't find what I was particularly looking for. Sure I found a few pubs, bars, and cafes. But I couldn't find the people online. 

I decided that if I couldn't find others it might work the other way around - let them find me. By creating a platform - initially my blog - I gained a small local following. I blogged about my experiences discovering the city that I found as my new home. I fell in love with my city, and was able to highlight the places that I enjoyed. Using a similar motto to Field of Dreams ("if you build it, he will come") I figured, if I blog it, they will come. You know what...this method has worked so many times!

Have you tried this method before? Did you have success? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. You don't have to limit yourself to the platform of blogging - think of using Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter as a way to seek out local creatives.

Next week I'll discuss what to do when you don't see an immediate local return and where I looked to make connections.