I’ve been interested in/fascinated by/obsessed with (okay, that last one may be an exaggeration!) clubs for a long time.
There are so many different kinds of clubs.
There are religious clubs.
There are book clubs; many, many book clubs, some official, and some unofficial. Many of these clubs are dedicated to a particular genre, time period, series, or author.
There are clubs whose member share a common heritage.
There are Family Circles and Cousins’ Clubs.There are clubs for people who collect certain items.
There are clubs dedicated to certain crafts; for example, knitting.
There are clubs dedicated to a particular place.
There are clubs dedicated to a particular time period.
There are theater clubs.
There are clubs dedicated to charitable works.
There are fan clubs.
There are garden clubs.
There are study clubs.
There are clubs for animal lovers.
There are environmental clubs.
There are singing clubs.
There are travel clubs.
There are clubs whose members simply get together for a meal and some friendly conversation.
And so on.
(Or course, there are also clubs that combine two or more purposes.)
There are several ways in which the members can keep in touch with each other. It all depends on the size of the particular club.
There are intimate clubs, consisting of just a few members, close friends who meet at set times, and who see each other quite often outside of the club.
There are clubs, national and international, with local chapters.
It is, of course, not possible for all of the members of such widespread organizations to know each other personally, although they can correspond on their computers. And speaking of corresponding, there are correspondence clubs, whose members keep in touch by letter and, nowadays, by e-mail.
There are clubs whose members “meet” regularly in chat rooms.
And, of course, there are online clubs (without chat rooms) whose members keep in touch by posting, and responding to, messages. New online clubs pop up every day. Some succeed, and some flop, as I know by personal experience. I joined, and also formed, several groups which closed when the host sites shut down, or suddenly required a mobile phone number. That new rule made fumes come out of my ears. Not everybody has a mobile phone!
And now, as I edit this old post, I’m seriously thinking about starting another online club, but I don’t want to do so just for the sake of having a club.
Or do I?