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
If you’re just starting out, you have a blank canvas in front of you with unimaginable possibilities. A few things to keep in mind would be:
- Don’t think too much at the early stages. Try whatever comes to mind. You saw something somewhere? Try it. You discovered a new tool? Try it. Nothing held back.
- Building community is a selfless act. Don’t let expectations cloud your judgment.
- Be a people person. Listen, engage, listen, engage.
- Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do normally aka be yourself.
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