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Organizing #Special Group Activities and Forums

This post is a part of a series of articles which addresses the daily tasks and responsibilities of our Group’s Admin Team. To see all of the posts on Admin responsibilities click here.

Article updated on December 16, 2021.

Embracing a sense of community, solidarity and friendship is important to enhancing the goals of our Group. The Admin Team has been doing just that. We have been nourishing our Community through Special Group Activities that we initiated, following requests and feedback that we’ve received from Members.

Here are a few examples of such activities that have taken place in our Community, created important bonding between our Members, and established a strong identity in our space. They were also a lot of fun!

Rapid Window-Interviews

The Rapid Window-Interviews were another great way for our Community to connect and get to know each other better!

In these interviews, Members were in the spotlight! Wonderful people from around the world introduced themselves personally to our Community. They shared their lives, inspirations, dreams, hobbies, family, favorite music, and so on. The results were wonderful, with great feedback. This activity created a feeling of solidarity and compassion.

Would you like to read the interviews? Here are some links:

The #SweetSpecial

Our #SweetSpecial was celebrated around the world. For a period of 24 hours, Members shared their sweet goodies!

In this special, we invited our Friends to submit posts with photos of their cakes, cookies, fruits, candies, ice cream, or whatever sugary delight they could imagine. No windows were required! It was yummy!

This event was another opportunity for us to connect, with sweet uplifting vibes, from all corners of the globe.

In preparation for the special, I went to Portugal’s most well-known bakery, located in Lisbon’s Belém district. Here they prepare the country’s famous sweet, the very delicious Pastel de Belém (also called Pastel de Nata). It’s an egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Warm, sweet and delicious!

So, after I bought these treats, I had to find a place to shoot the photos. That’s not too difficult in Belém, a beautiful pearl of Lisbon. I found a good spot with a pretty background and prepared for the photo shoot. But hey, what would I put the pastries on? My clean mask was the first thing I could find. I didn’t plan it, but this could be art. Covid-Art!?

The Pastel de Belém, by the way, was invented before the 18th century by monks at Jerónimos Monastery, which is seen in the background of my photo.

The #SelfieSpecial
In this 24-hour special, we invited our Members to upload to the feed a portrait, and to tell the Group about themselves. ‘Coz we love to know our friends better!

The event was fantastic, with many of us excited to share photos of our faces, for a change!

This was my #SelfieSpecial photo. My sweet daughter giving her daddy a Lockdown-haircut. After that came a shave!

The #Christmas Special

A Community special Christmas event was hosted in the Group for everyone to enjoy.

As the holidays were getting closer, we both saw and felt the excitement on the feed, which was filling up with gorgeous glittery posts showing a Christmas-y atmosphere. It was our Community’s first festive season together. What a joy!

Members had requested to have a #ChristmasSpecial, and we made it happen! We invited our Members to share photos of their trees, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, or whatever Christmas delights they wished to post. Generally our feed doesn’t include indoor photos, but on this special occasion it was great to have them for everyone to enjoy!

In this event, Members submitted many wonderful Christmas posts. It was a success! We were excited to see our Member’s beautiful Christmas photos!

The #ChristmasSpecial post submitted by our Moderator, Layne, from Cyprus.

Our Group’s Website

The Website has been an important forum for our Community to maintain our great vibes, enhance our activities, and extend our reach beyond Facebook.

Our Website has been hosting content and activities that, by their very nature, are not suitable for the Group space on Facebook and need an Online platform in order to be displayed. Here are some examples:

  • Our Website hosted the Window-Blog, which featured content created by Group Authors and Photographers, which has also been shared to the Group, on the Website’s public stage.
  • The Website is a space in which we publish information and special announcements for our Group Members, such as the post that you are reading right now, which is a part of a series of articles which addresses the daily tasks and responsibilities of our Group’s Admin Team.
  • This Website is required for hosting our Group’s Crowdfunding Program, which designed to hopefully secure the future of this Project.

To operate and maintain the Website for its various facets, service and assistance from Website Developers is sometimes required.

The Group’s Newsletter

Our Community’s Newsletter has been another way for us to connect and stay engaged.

Sometimes, our Members may take a break from social media, or perhaps they just see the Group’s posts on their Facebook feed. This sometimes happens due to reasons beyond our control. The Newsletter, then, allows us to get in touch with our Friends in a direct, personable way.

Through the Newsletter, we have been been sending our subscribers unique content, such as the list of Round-the-World Popular Posts, Admin announcements, and more.

A screenshot of our Newsletter’s Popular Posts section.

The Group’s Crowdfunding Program

Our Project relies on Member support. After related discussions in the Group, and following overwhelming positive Member feedback, we have created a structure to receive donation support from Members. This will hopefully create the vital funds required for our Community to survive and continue to flourish.

To create such structure and to be able to receive donations from our Friends, requires a website, programming assistance and other related services and costs.

If you appreciate our work and service, please consider supporting and showing your love, by donating here: https://www.fromyourwindow.com/donate-support/. Every penny counts.

What do you see from your window?

With love, stay safe ❤️

Arik




By Arik Zara

I am Creator, Project Manager and Moderator of "What do you see from your window?". If you would like to learn more about me, here is a post of my life story in my own words, containing some interesting chapters of my life.

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