Last week I missed Best Of due to the holiday. That was a mighty fine reason to miss it. Great time with family and friends. Sally and I stopped by a few times over the four-day weekend and Newsvine didn't burn down. That's pretty good too.
This week is different. It's a two week gap and about to be three weeks.
The reason is because the normal measures used for Best Of have to do with upvotes, comments, quality of conversation. They are good measures, but this week it means linking to a couple few stories about murder and terrorism; stories about radical Islam and radical Christianity; stories that, frankly, suck.
It's not that Newsvine sucks, nor that I'm losing hope, nor that the community is bad. It's actually quite good. It's a community that welcomed me just over a year ago and that I'm proud to tell people I help lead. When at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table I will tell people about this place. It's good.
That's what I want to think about in this week's non-Best Of.
I'm not focusing on news stories about those that exploit faith. I'm not focusing on bannings or suspensions due to racism.
I'm focusing on the fact that despite reading tens of thousands of comments over the past couple weeks a vast majority of them help us learn about each other. Many of them help people vocalize their fears and their hopes. We online extroverts need places like this.
Other social media forms exist. They let you shout to the void and maybe be heard. There's a place for them as well.
Newsvine and other message-board-like are places. You know that a couple dozen of your virtual friends will help you understand, help you rage and help you plan for change. You also know that some of those friends will not like your ideas. You will be challenged. You may be wrong.
You will both be better for it.
This week's Best Of goes to Newsvine, because it's not Twitter, or Facebook, or Snapchat.Newsvine is you. Thank you for being you.