Although my affinity space failed to function as a healthy affinity space should, it did provide valuable insights as to how an affinity space should function and the benefits that can be garnered from such communities. Upon recently finalizing my affinity space presentation, it provided me with the opportunity for a more holistic overview of my chosen affinity space, Teachers.net.
Over the weeks and through my attempted participation, I came to the very important realization that an affinity space must have moderators and current content to stay relevant with its fan base. Teachers.net, despite providing the venues for the sharing of content, had far too few active members to make it a sustainable site. Perhaps that is why affinity spaces with focused content such as a particular novel or series or a specific video game encounter success. The members are not spread so thin that each post does not gain the full attention of the community, even for a very brief moment.
One of my early reservations about affinity spaces was the concern of having likeminded individuals regurgitating the same ideas with no contrasting viewpoints or constructive conflicts. Even in the limited interaction amongst members in Teachers.net, this fear was quelled with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets that were brought to the table regardless of a shared passion for teaching.
With the closing of the affinity space project, I have no reservation about discontinuing my involvement with my chosen space. However, a flame has been sparked to explore and engage in other communities as I have now the potential and obvious benefit in participating in affinity spaces.
Should you like to view my affinity space presentation, it is available on youtube at the following link: B. Potter Affinity Space Presentation. Please feel free to post any comments or questions to this posting.