Hi, seeker! I’m Oana, the gal in charge of stoking the fire for the Upstairs Community. This adventure teaches me a lot about gluing creatives through the power of storytelling and meaningful conversations.
As a community builder nurturing my first online community, I often feel lost. Either because I don’t have the tools and the playground to flourish (it’s not an excuse, it’s just bad timing inside Pixelgrade’s crew). Or simply due to how exhausted of the digital universe everyone became during this pandemic.
Some days look like I’m doing Sisif’s work. I don’t necessarily want to give it up, but I feel frustrated that I cannot burn the rubbers as I would like. It’s that tension that comes from me knowing I can reach new heights and me trying to do the best out of the resources I have at hand.
What keeps me going are two fundamental things.
One, I remember how much I love doing community work. As long as I invest my resources in this industry, I’m okay. Second, I know that growth comes with pain, so challenges are part of the game.
Sometimes, I need to sign out entirely to regain this clarity, other times, I need to explore other routes—talking to other community builders, for instance, is one of them. But because it’s deeply ingrained in my lifestyle and values, sooner or later, I always find my way back into the arena and restart the game.
I would love to hear your two cents on this question and learn how you keep sailing. I bet you have valuable things to share, regardless of whether you are in your early career days or a veteran. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers, just different approaches.
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