What’s In A Name?

14
Jun
2013
Posted by: Anonymous   /   1 Comment

There are social networks for nearly everything these days, not just for friends, but specific communities for restaurant reviews, photos, the list goes on and on.  It’s been incredible to see the power of these networks, how integrated they have become in our daily lives.

Keeping in mind how much we all rely on social networks these days, why is it that when we look for help with a specific issue, they cease being social networks and become support groups?  We can share our entire lives with friends and acquaintances we hardly know, but when we dig for something deeper, we are ashamed?  How is LinkedIn not a support group for job seekers?  It is, and it is so much more than that, but we call it a social network and poof, the stigma behind such a help-based community is lifted.

As we build out this site and become engrained in the lives of our users, we are hoping to bypass this pattern completely.  We are truly striving to build a robust social network, a community where people can share and contribute freely, and be proud to do so.  There are so many incredible stories & experiences that we want you to share, tales of overcoming hardships and success when odds were not in your favor.  Your stories will inspire, your input will teach others….if that is not a social network, than I don’t know what is.

One Comment

  1. cat June 17, 2013 11:23 pm / Reply

    “Social Networks” seem to imply and accept only positive input. When anything negative is expressed (anger, pain, frustration) it tends to be ignored or shunned. Negativity makes people uncomfortable so there is pressure to post only the cool, clever,funny things that make people seem perfect. Often the picture is skewed.

    We all navigate a spectrum of unimaginable experiences in our lives. It is only a matter of time before that negative cycle turns positive. Writing can be part of the healing process for the author and a learning process for the reader. We all have a story; simple or complex, sweet or exhausting, beautiful or horrific, they are all worthwhile. Shared experience moves us forward. Thanks PTSD for being real.

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