So I won’t keep you guys in suspense for a second longer than necessary:
I got an A on my final presentation!
It was terrifying. Earlier this semester I had to do a presentation, and the morning of I got so stressed out that I found myself with a case of the non-verbals. So understandably, I was pretty nervous about this presentation. For one, I was supposed to talk for 6-8 minutes and to be entirely honest, I can go for whole days not spending 8 minutes talking! I also respond to public speaking situations by completely abandoning whatever I was going to say, and substituting it with whatever I’m thinking. I accidentally came out as Non-Binary to a room full of people once. That was…interesting. Mostly though I was nervous that my audience (which consisted of about 10 freshmen students and 8 middle-aged adults, plus a professor) wouldn’t connect with the information. I mean, does the average person care about Online Communities?
It turns out, yes!
It was like the end of a sports movie. I was in the public eye, sweating a lot, and Eye of the Tiger was playing (in my head, at least). I get to the end zone and people started to clap! Students gave me a hug, and a handshake, and all of a sudden it was time for the interviews.
Guys, these people were actually listening! They asked intelligent questions, and the conversations moved from Online Communities to Communities in general, to urban sprawl and gentrification. They. Stay. After. Class. I felt like a goddamn superhero.
But, I couldn’t have done it without everyone from all of my Online Communities stepping up and providing me with some truly personal and insightful answers. So, while I wish I could send everyone Christmas cookies, I think the postage would be through the roof, so I’ve got the next best thing.
You can see the raw numbers and the short answer questions, plus charts from all of the multiple choice. I found it fascinating, and I hope you do too!
P.S. The image up top is a word cloud made from all of the individual answers from the question “what communities do you identify as a member of?” I love the effect that the visual has!