Isn't it great having friends or family who you can talk to about common interests?

Well imagine having access to hundreds or thousands of people to share your opinions with and ask questions to!

Joining an online community can help you do just that, and so much more!

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1. Hundreds of people, right at your fingertips!

Online communities — from Reddit to LinkedIn to Yelp — provide easy access to niche communities.

You can interact with tens or hundreds of people with similar interests or subject matter experts, right at your fingertips!

I personally enjoy using Reddit to ask for advice or opinions on general questions, discuss my favorite TV shows, and learn about things like puppy training and personal development.

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2. Need to know more about something? Just ask!

With access to so many people in your local community and all around the world, it's never been easier to get help about something you're wondering about.

Online communities can help you:

  • Improve on a skill.

  • Weigh the pros and cons to make a decision.

  • Find specific resources online and in your local community.

As a teacher, online communities have helped me strengthen my classroom management skills, plan more engaging lessons, and decide where to take additional teacher certification courses.

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3. Are you passionate about something? Share your thoughts!

Not only can you ask questions to online communities, you can share your thoughts and opinions, too!

Engage in conversation with like-minded individuals and people with opposing opinions. Maybe they'll even change your mind!

I always appreciate those who share personal life experiences and related advice. It always helps to know I'm not the only one going through something, and I can get clarity on how to navigate my current situation.

Check out this article to find out more about 8 types of online communities with examples!

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4. Improve a skill

Curious about how to network? Want to start programming? Wondering how to create and edit engaging videos?

Online communities are a wonderful source of information when you're looking to improve a skill. You can engage with individuals who either have had similar experiences to yours or are professionals in a certain field.

When I first got my puppy, I created a doggy Instagram to document her life. Little did I know I'd find dog trainers whose philosophies I aligned with, as well as other dog owners who gave me guidance on how to train my pup!

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5. Network online

Online communities are a great way to meet people and make personal and career connections.

Engage with people with similar goals or hobbies to share advice and experiences, which will help you work towards your personal goals.

If you're a recent graduate or looking to pivot in your career, you can connect with professionals already in the field, who will help you work towards your career goals.

Check out this article by Harvard Business Review: What to Say When You're Reaching Out to Someone on Linkedin

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Online communities can benefit you in so many ways, from personal interests to advancement in your education and career. You can make a difference in someone else's life just by engaging in threads and sharing your expertise!

Are you convinced? Are you ready to join an online community?


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