Miscellany: OBV’s Communities

Recently, I’ve encountered multiple attempts to form communities on the blogosphere.  Here are some of them:

My business coach, Tom Volkar of Delightful Work, had an impromptu little community in which bloggers visited each other and shared their business challenges.

Chuck Westbrook had started a massive community that’s designed to help under-appreciated blogs.

In addition, I’ve been recognized by a couple of fellow bloggers, who chose OBV in their viral blog award threads:

Rebecca of Creating Wealth And Health recognized me with Uber Amazing Blog Award.

And last but not least, Melinda from Melindaville gave me The Arte Y Pico Award.  Now, a few more words about Melinda — her blog has gotten on my must-read list recently, as she is an inspiring example of someone overcoming obstacles and flourishing.

Thank you, everyone, for making me a part of your communities. 

I consider internet to be a great connector and ice-breaker.  It’s a great forum where we can broadcast who we are to the world, and watch who gets attracted to the signals you’re transmitting.  That said, going from the initial hello to actual friendship is anything but automatic — relationship building, even on internet time, still is not instant.

Numbers are the king on internet, so a lot of above are effort to expand communities, to reach out, to become “viral” — and there’s nothing wrong with that.

On the other hand, I have developed something of real friendships with some of you, and I really wish to deepen more, and to discover other friends-to-be.

To that end, I’m considering starting a group designed for a bit more intimacy, a band of tight-knit friends, who enjoy greater collaborations and peer-supporting.

I’ve always been a person with a few close friends instead of many acquaintances — and that’s a format I feel more comfortable in.  I suppose I can’t manufacture friends but I think I know a thing or two about setting up an environment where it can foster such development.

I know I’m being vague here, but if you’re interested in discussing such a community-building, please let me know below.

Oh, and one final piece of announcement — you may have noticed, but I’m going to be integrating more of my music to OBV.  I’ve been inspired by charming Christine Kane — my rock music is a bit of a stretch from the civil and logical side of me I express in this blog, but I’m going to see how I can integrate the two.  😉


  1. Ari, Thanks for the link to our community leveraging experiment. I always like hearing about these efforts. Put me on the list to get more info for your intimate group. I’ll listen to what you have in mind.

    I think it’s a brilliant move to post your music on your blog. I listened to it while posting my comment and I think it made me type faster. 🙂

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Clarity Empowers Progress

    1. Hi Tom,

      Thank you for your little experiment. I got to meet some new bloggers, and it gave me a lot of food for thought.

      The bit about my community is just a teaser. I’m mulling over some ideas and will make a bigger announcement about it in the near future.

      And… is it good or bad that my music made you type faster? What I was hoping for was that you couldn’t help but listen to it and it made you stop typing…. 😉


  2. Hi Ari,

    Thank you so much for the mention and for also passing along those sites you mentioned in your post–if you recommend them, I will certainly check them out! I also have to say that I love your music! I don’t know if you knew this–but I am also a musician; I have played the guitar since I was about ten years old.

    Thanks again, Ari–I really appreciate your kind words.


    Melinda´s last blog post..Times of Renewal

    1. Hey Melinda,

      Oh, the pleasure was all mine. I do think what you have to share is very important, and you do it so well, so courageously.

      Oh, and I did know about your being a musician! Still listen to some punk rock? 😉 I’ve always been a goody-two-shoes with closet dream of being a punk, but musically I’ve always been more of a metalhead than punk. In fact, I’m surprised how I’m getting into heavier stuff the older I get. Here I thought getting older was about growing mellower. 😉

      But then, I sing in a church choir, too. 😉 Really, inside my head is a huge bag of diverse music. I’ve been trying to figure out how to unbag them all. 🙂 I’ve got a good start.


  3. Ari – it’s good that your music inspired me to faster typing. It was the part of the song that really stepped it up that did it. As I have truthfully shared with you before. I can honestly support you as a man and entrepreneur without necessarily loving your music. Yet I heard something different in that song that I responded to. Growing up I was never a metal fan but I found it interesting to watch parts of the top 100 heavy metal songs on VH1. I think it was because of the story connected to them. That’s also why I support and follow you. You’re authoring you’re own story as authentically as you can and that’s inspiring.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Authoring Your Own Life

    1. Hi Tom,

      Oh, I was just giving you a hard time. 😉 Thanks for a sincere and affirming response. 🙂

      I do wish if liking the creator equals liking their creation, but I have long accepted that it’s not true. That said, like you said, it does help to know and like the creator. The two aren’t completely unrelated.


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