‘Finding my community’ when I read this, I panicked. Where was the secret viking community? My entire blog was something of a satire of some of the stranger communities that can be found on tumblr (‘I am wolf in all ways but physical’) and I thought that even if there was a secret viking community I couldn’t seriously take part in it.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
The most significant place I found during my google and blog searches for a ‘viking community’ was a blog called The Viking Queen. The Viking Queen is a blog all about viking culture in the modern age. The blog’s tagline is ‘a modern viking blog written by an ancient soul’ and the entire thing is written by a very creative woman living in Norway who adores the viking age and is heavily involved in communities that honor it’s culture. My contribution to the viking community as such, began here. I posted a few comments (for example my most recent comment) and had a few interactions with other readers of the blog but the majority of my interactions came after reading a little about the Asatru faith on ‘the Viking Queen’ which in turn led me, through a string of google searches, to the forums at the Asatru community.
Reading through these threads and interacting with people who considered themselves a ‘viking’ or ‘viking pagan,’ my blog themes of being a ‘secret viking’ began to open up with more posts that encouraged interaction with other vikings. The first of these posts was clearly ‘The Viking Network,’ which was all about how to spot other vikings in everyday life, and a post on viking markets also encouraged interaction. My interaction within the community was, however, largely separate to my blog other than to influence the way I wrote and what I might have chosen to write about.
There was, of course, a slight barrier between myself and those I interacted with. My interactions were less a part of the community and more as an outsider interacting with the community. I personally feel no religious or spiritual connection to the viking age or viking gods and as such could never really be apart of that community. Geologically I was also a stranger as the people on the forums were almost exclusively European (especially Scandinavian) with a smattering of Americans . Most of them felt a connection to viking paganism thanks to cultural and social practices that held their roots in the viking age, a connection I could not share nor even relate to as an Australian.
Altogether it was an interesting experience, however, I think had I been intentionally using a topic in a community I intended to be a part of I think I would have had greater success.