Building communities is what I’ve been [casually] busy with for the last… ten-ish years, and that has been my focus for the last ~2-3 months. Probably there’s some experience to share with you.
First, understand that any initiative (community, blog, idea, project) passes through initialization, growth, stagnation and death. The last point is not that apocalyptic and demotivating, in fact, death may also mean merge, evolution, pivot [with/of/around other idea].
The key point of any community is a strong brand [leader, or a few of them] able to collect people and drive them, keep them excited and have them evolve to the right direction. This translates to
community itself takes a lot of time [years is a common timeframe] to mature and be useful, so it is the leader what is the only valuable part of the community
Common mistake is that people create something new and drive traffic of people there, because that New is what the creators think is awesome and good (they created it after all). While the reality is, that The New is hard, it requires learning, developing habits, and this hardly lies along nice emotions.
So I’ve put the same thought three times so you, my dear reader, find it and read it. There’s also something under the cut. Read more ›