Community: 1 : a unified body of individuals: as a : state, commonwealth b : the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community> c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons> e : a group linked by a common policy f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community> g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community> 2 : society at large 3 a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods> b : common character : likeness <community of interests> c : social activity : fellowship d : a social state or condition © 2001 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated (Emphasis my own.)
No, this award is not for me. I've been tooting my own horn a lot lately. This time I want to take a moment to toot someone else's horn. This award is dedicated to her for her amazing gift for creating community and leading the way in J-Land. Who you ask? Why, Vivian, of course. She works full-time while raising a son as a single mother. She's the hostess with the mostest. She's the graphic queen extraordinaire. But, beyond that she is a woman of heart and substance who services the AOL journaling community tirelessly.
I've been thinking a lot lately about what it is that I like so much about AOL-J. I've come to the conclusion that it is the sense of community that I feel here. Is it AOL's doing? I'm not sure. I think partial credit should be given to AOL for providing things like Scalzi, the Editor's Pick, AOL Hometown Journals, and other things. However, the bulk of the credit really goes to people like Vivian . She gives so much time, talent, knowledge and love to her fellow journalers that I don't think it would be nearly the rewarding experience that it is without her. She created things like the Birthday Journal and headed the recent Anniversary Celebration. I read in Vivian's journal recently that she isn't the leadership type, that her work superiors have labeled her what I would equate to a worker bee. Oh how wrong they are! True leaders serve their community without being asked. They are the unsung hero. Today, Vivian, I am singing your song. You deserve to be recognized for all that you have done to create the community that I so love. Thank You!!! And, Happy Anniversary AOL-J.