The AFCB community is a tight-knit one, built on a shared love for the beautiful game and of course, the best club in the world, Arsenal. But it occurred to me recently, while chatting with Canadian-based reader Retsub, how little we really know about each other.
Everybody in the online world knows that anonymity creates an atmosphere where people can be aggressive and take cheap, cowardly shots at each other. Familiarity within a community, in contrast, promotes a feeling of respect, understanding and of course, a beautiful sense of belonging.
Because sharing is caring
The warm and fuzzy stuff aside, I want to give everybody the opportunity to share a little bit more about yourself to the readers and commenters you interact with every day. I’m not talking about bank account details or your view on global politics, more-so the basics about yourself and your relationship with that sexy hunk/minx that is the Arsenal.
Sharing little details could be enough to open up the opportunity to watch football in the pub with a new Arsenal-loving buddy or gain perspective about where someone might be coming from in a heated debate.
So if you’d be kind enough to connect a little bit more with the AFCB community please leave a comment below telling us the following:
- Any combination of your age, sex, birthplace and current location that you feel comfortable sharing
- Your all-time favourite Arsenal player and why
- How you learned to love the Arsenal
- How long you’ve been reading the AFCB
- Your Twitter account (if you have one)
What’s more, if you’re a regular commenter I’d whole-heartedly encourage to get yourself a Gravatar. They’re the little square image that pops up next to your comment that marks you out as unique from the rest of the anonymous trouble-makers who pollute blogs posting their inane, misinformed dribble. They’ll make you 25% cooler and 35% more respected among this fine community.
In advance I want to say thank-you and hopefully we can get a heap of comments on this post, demonstrating the awesomeness that is the AFCB community. Because, you know, it’s really cool and stuff.
Cheers and all the best!