Online Communities

One of the things that I love about the internet is how it brings people with similar interests together.

When I first started out online (in the late 90s) I found a great email list of people who answered computer questions, and helped others figure out their computer problems. In fact, I learned much of what I know about computers from that email group. They are still active today if you want to check them out at:

In addition to learning how to fix my computer, I also made some great friends along the way.

In the years since then, I have joined a number of email communities. In fact, for a time, I used to feature an email list every week in my articles. Some I am still part of, while others are no longer active, and some I have unsubscribed from.

Lately, however, I have noticed a whole new type of online community built around social media, and online courses.

On Facebook, for example, I have found a delightful group of people who are crazy about the same video workouts that I do. I think it is pretty awesome considering that my workout videos are the original FIRM workouts which were created in the 80s and 90s. You can still view previews and purchase them today at but I didn’t know anyone else that did these workouts.

Then, a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this group on Facebook: and was thrilled to discover that I am not the only FIRM fanatic who has a shelf full of workouts and a room full of dumbbells and fanny lifters.

Just this week, I also joined a group about canning and another about sewing.

In addition to the free communities available by email or on social media like Facebook, I am also thoroughly enjoying the classes that I am taking on Craftsy! I have learned more about sewing in the past few months than I have learned in years from books about sewing.

What about you. Have you joined any online communities that bring people together around a common interest? I would love to hear about your favorite online communities.


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    • ryan5257
    • October 20, 2012

    I don’t belong to Facebook but found a community on there that my mother joined. It’s a very unique group of people who were on the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train. My parents & I joined the wagon train while it traveled through CT and then I went on the rest of the way to Valley Forge PA. Fabulous people, great experience!

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