Have you ever felt out of your depth, like a fraud, and just guessed/bullshitted your way through the situation, petrified that at any time, someone was going to call you on it? - Mike-Cannon Brookes
Offer value that’s irreplaceable. People always identify with communities naturally because everyone at some point in their lives belongs to or comes from a community. There’s always something that differentiates you from the crowd - be it gender, generation, religion, or interests, and depending on where you belong or what you identify with, there’s something that you do differently as compared to others. It’s a kind of ‘ritual’ that sets you apart from the others. If you’re able to introduce an event or cultivate a culture that’s different or unique, then people have something to come back to, something they won’t find anywhere else.
In 2018, I took a Udacity course in front-end web development and found the community managers to be stellar advocates who were really motivating. I was looking to break into tech, and got inspired and started applying for community-type jobs as a result. I landed my first gig at Khan Academy, where I led and managed volunteer groups for a year before moving onto Quora to oversee writer and power user programs, and am now doing the same at Retool. - Alina Din, Community Manager at Retool