This has already been diaried, in one form or another. But, after watching events unfold over the past few days, I thought I'd add my perspective on this wonderful community we call Daily Kos.
And that's what this is: a community. Yes, we're a political blog, and yes, we're a website dedicated to electing more and better Democrats. That's what pulls all of us together here. And there's no question that we're quite important in the political blogosphere and in Democratic politics.
But, as others have touched on--and as we can see from Top Comments to New Day to the fantastic community quilt project to diaries announcing the illness or death of a loved one--what keeps us together is the community part of this website. Follow me below the fold.
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Like most of you, I have been following GreenMountainBoy02's health crisis in the past few days and nervously awaiting new updates, afraid of what news each one will bring. What has really struck me has been the overwhelming comfort and support that commonmass has received from this community. Each update diary shot to #1 on the rec list, which I think really says something about this site and the value we place on our community members. Heartwarming message after heartwarming message has poured in, and the love this community has for commonmass and GreenMountainBoy02 has really shown.
This wasn't a surprise to me, of course. I've experienced the love and warmth of this community myself. I remember when my close friend told me she, her husband, and her two sons would likely have their electricity cut off in December of 2011 due to a thief taking $600 from them. They were in danger of being in the cold and not having food to put on the table because they used every last penny on rent. They weren't worried about Christmas--they were worried about the bare necessities. So, not knowing how else to help, I decided to put up a diary about it. Honestly, I wasn't expecting the response I got. My hope was to alleviate my friend's financial hardship just a little. Instead, I ended up watching in tears as Kossack after Kossack came to my friend's aid. Thanks to this community, she was not only able to pay the current bills, but she was able to pay past-due bills as well. Daily Kos quite literally saved that family's Christmas. I was so blown away by the generosity of the people on this site. I'll never forget that. And I've tried to pay it forward on here, as much as I can.
And that's what makes this community great--not because of this isolated case, but because this isn't an isolated case. This happens all the time. Whether it's helping each other out financially or making a beautiful quilt for those who fall ill or comforting those in grieving. Or, in the case of commonmass and GreenMountainBoy02, holding vigil and holding a Kossack in pain in our arms, just as family would do in a hospital waiting room.
Whatever happens in this situation--and we're all hoping for a miracle--one thing is clear: We'll be here to get commonmass through this. Because that's what we do. And that's what I love about this amazing orange website.