something is brewing online

June 13, 2005 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

four university-based online communities are getting together for the first time on july 2 for an event that i reckon would be the first of its kind in the country.

the gathering of atenista.net, greenarcher.com, ustexchange.com and peyups.com together with good old pex brings together all the communities under one roof for a chance for all communities to get to know more about each other.

as a staunch supporter of peyups.com for the past five years (and a delinquent moderator for the past year and a half) i am very excited by this development.

it comes at the heels of the recently-held iBlog summit (which i failed to attend because of urgent work), which brought together bloggers from all over the place for a day of intorductions, dialogue and exchanges.

it’s very heartwarming to note just how much these communities are growing and playing an ever more important role in young people’s lives. i myself have been fortunate to have met princess, len, marnie, jodie, ellyn, geraldsam, jaemark, ska, karl and mimi, angel and a whole lot of other people because of peyups.com. some of them have gone on to become very close friends.

blogging, on the other hand, gave me a chance to meet people like the empress and angelo, and a whole list of other strangers whose point of view on life, and their telling of their lives as they unfold allows me a peek at the larger world in which i live, and in which other people come from other places and other perspectives that allow me to take on a broader view of life.

it hasn’t all been roses, to be sure. i’ve met some people online who i never want to see again, but thankfully they are in the irrelevant minority and they haven’t, when combined, denigrated my view of my online community. nor have they stopped me from making new friends at all.

which is why the consortium launch on july 2 will be a very interesting event to watch. i will probably get in touch again with mimi if she’s back in town and reconnect with the new, younger batch of peyups.com members just to check out this event. but maybe i should start with doing my chores at the peyups boards.

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