What Makes A Community?


We were driving through a part of town we hadn't been to in awhile. 

My eyes scanned the road ahead and landed on the building site of a new neighbourhood of homes.

As usual, I felt myself bristle at the thought of more houses crowding our community.

Oh Mama...lookshe said from the back seat, some builders are making houses so new families can have a home. They will be so happy.

And there it was; the clarity that life experiences and cynicism and even entitlement (if I'm being really honest) have blurred.

Her four-year-old heart sees every person, every family, every home as a part of her community.

And her belief that every person belongs is so beautiful and pure that I can't find the right words to tell you what it made me feel.

I was humbled and lifted by how much her viewpoint differed from mine.


A few days later, I walked into a community where I felt like I had a home.

And I remembered her words, because there was a time when I hadn't felt like I belonged

What space was there for me, I had wondered, in these established communities?

How would I ever be able to build a home in this space?

In a town where there were so many talented writers, bloggers, and storytellers, with well-established roots and good relationships with their neighbours, I felt like a house without an address. 

At least that's what I told myself, until I learned that I was wrong. 

Until I was welcomed again and again.


Every year, I return from Blissdom with ideas and motivation and inspiration. 

And I am reminded that I am part of a community where every person belongs.

Where anyone can build a home.

I am brave enough now to knock on my neighbour's door, to hope they'll invite me inside, to imagine we'll get to know one another. 

And I thank everyone of you who has opened their door for me.

You have humbled and lifted me, too. 

I hope we can continue to grow this community and hold onto the vision my daughter has when she sees the world. I hope we can lift each other up.

To get started, take a moment to read about my friend Alex's post-Blissdom project

I can't think of a better place to bring people together than at a potluck of joy. 

See you there, neighbour. 


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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works through Elan.Works and is a designer and content editor at GenderAvenger. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines and at TEDxRegina and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.