Support in Online Communities

Jessibaby1986

This article is a spur of the moment article that came to me as I was reading through the PopChix forum. I realized today what support we truly have to offer one another, not just as fellow female gamers, but as friends, building true online relationships with one another. A lot of us have had similar experiences in our lives, we use these to comfort, support, and encourage at different occasions.

This has mostly come to light to me in the past few weeks. Draconian Briana, one of the Chix who posts quite regularly, is currently going through a rough family experience. Many of us have posted our support and condolences, hugs and own experiences similar to what she is going through. She today 3/21/13, posted a reply to us all. “Much love girls, *hugs everyone*” is how she starts this post out. The way we can convey emotion through online posts, without the use of “smilies” or emoticons, is what truly amazes me. Her response brought tears to my eyes for how strong she is, and how much she appreciated our support.

I have had experiences myself where the ladies have shown me support for going after the things that I want to achieve. We share our hopes, our dreams, and our sadness. We share all of this without fear of being shamed or brought down by others in this community. PopChix has become much more than a gaming community for me, it is becoming a second family. I know that I’m not the only one who has these feelings in this amazing group. More than once have I seen support, and love in this family of ours.

We provide not only a safety net for other women to get into online gaming, or help with getting used to new games, or games that we have never played before. We provide diet support, fashion advice, beauty advice, moving tips, love and relationship advice, and so, so much more. This is one of the best communities that I have come across in my time online. Birthed from GamerChix, and the love and support we got there, moved on to so much more.

I wanted to write this short little article to show that, yes, you can find support in these online communities. PopChix is not the only one, though I have seen it more here than anywhere. I wanted to say thank you, to everyone here at PCX. We are building our online family, new members are joining every day from all areas of the globe. I love each and every one of you all. Thank you for providing this second family, this amazing group of women who support and love one another.

Comments

X1up Girl
X1up Girl Fri 22 Mar
This is why I love popchix spreading to facebook and twitter. There were people in the forums I would chat with, but never really got to know until I started hanging out in the facebook group. When I got a twitter account, I met even more chicas. Made some awesome friends that I definitely consider my second family now. smile
P i x i e X
P i x i e X Fri 22 Mar
What a well-written article, Jessi! smile
DirtyDiva
DirtyDiva Fri 22 Mar
It really is great to hear things like this. Thank you.

And thank all of you for making it what it is!
Sway
Sway Fri 22 Mar
Great article, it's good to know we all support and help each other out.
Jessibaby1986
Jessibaby1986 Fri 22 Mar
Thank you ladies for taking the time to read this and share your thoughts.
Fifiville
Fifiville Fri 22 Mar

Hey you almost made me cry! raspberry This is exactly why i love this place...you guys are so amazing! ♥
xSHADOWx
xSHADOWx Fri 22 Mar
PCX FTW!!!!!! *hugs to you all* and *stares at fifi's butt* i love being part of this family
Twisted Rose
Twisted Rose Sat 23 Mar
Even though I haven't been here that long, I love this place. I feel welcome here, I can talk about what I want, when I want. There's discussions without arguments, people are actually friendly here. I'm so grateful than I found this place. smile
PRINC3SS
PRINC3SS Sun 24 Mar
It's really great to read articles like this. The PC community is a rare find because everyone is so supportive and understanding. Cheers to you all!
Mistress Sara
Mistress Sara Mon 25 Mar
Very nice article Jessiebaby. I couldn't agree with you more. I know I'm not super active here, but I'm always reading the different articles and posts. I know I'm always welcome when I do show up.
xX F1 Hannah Xx
xX F1 Hannah Xx Sat 30 Mar
Thank you jessica for expressing it like that. I agree completely for me it's never been easy making friends because of circumstances beyond my control but all of you have made me feel so welcome here and this place has become like a place i feel welcome and able to express myself and its a credit to everyone to making popchix a place that is so much like a family

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