"Building a #community begins with meeting people (one at a time) and forming meaningful relationships. Always try and help people first before asking for anything in return!" - Avinash Raghava
Community building is not about creating a space or designing a system for interactions and sending mail to get the users in. It is all about helping people who care about a mission to help each other. And it starts with the founding members who form the pillars of the community.
So why is getting to know your members at a personal level so important?
"Get to know everyone individually, until you can't" - Erik Torenberg
"I would email those people (early members) and welcome them and say something that was very clear it wasn't automated." - Ryan Hoover
"To build community, do things that don't scale, for quite a long time." - Rosie Sherry
"All the biggest communities in the world started with a founder who spent countless hours building relationships one at a time. There's no short cut." - David Spinks
Coffee - great things happen over coffee. So whenever things get back to normal, the best way to get to know is to grab a coffee IRL :) (here's a snapshot from history when we were doing this at Zomato)