As we all know, community is of great importance. Seeking out others through shared experiences, beliefs, and other commonly shared quirks, is as important as ever, especially during a global pandemic. Whether you seek community through virtual hangouts with friends and family, meeting up with select people, or having an online community through social media, community continues to prevail—and thank goodness for that. One thing I am sure we can all agree on is how important our community, whatever that looks like for us, has been throughout this past year.
Back in 2019, I wrote a blog post about community and its impact on me growing up and going through the “traditional” phases of life. While it is a short read, I found myself recently tapping into its substance with great appreciation just as I had done a year and a half ago when I wrote it. One of the great endeavors that Helium Books has sought out to do is establishing a community. Oftentimes Ian and I proudly say how we are “cultivating a community of readers,” and we genuinely mean it.
After reflecting on that past blog post and what we are currently doing at Helium, it fills me with joy. Joy because of what small role we are playing in people’s lives when it comes to community. For those of you who might not know how a book delivery company is doing that, let me explain briefly to get you caught up to speed.
Since 2020, we have embarked on this aforementioned commitment to establishing a community of like-minded individuals and readers here in Milwaukee. Through a monthly book club, volunteering events for local charities and organizations, engaging on various forms of social media, encouraging Helium Family members to share book review videos, and having some of our readers on as guests on our podcast, Journeymen, we feel we are not only meeting you in these spaces, but establishing a solid community in our backyard.
While the primary focus has been to encourage interaction amongst yourselves, I find these events to be rather stimulating and quite honestly, they have helped me get through (and currently get through) this pandemic. We have an absolute blast not only cultivating a community of readers, but staying engaged and interacting with you, despite most, if not all of it being virtual.
Now that we are all on the same page (pun intended), the sky's the limit in terms of what this could look like. But, we are simply providing the space for the community, you all are what truly makes it special and for that I thank you. While I am sure you, like Ian and I, have other communities you are engaged in, we are proud to be in a shared space with you all. I can only hope that the small role that we are playing has not only helped you, but will continue to do so for as long as you choose to be part of the Helium community.
With that said, I would love to hear your thoughts on how we can improve your experience with the Helium community either through the spaces we currently offer or through an original idea—your original idea! Let me know by either commenting on this blog post or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for engaging with us at Helium Books—until next time!