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
There is no formula. Say you have 10 members in your community, whatever attracted those 10 members is also what will attract the next 100. The only difference is that now engagement with all of them will have to be made more frequent and at a larger scale. Some other things you can try are:
- Checking out other communities and hanging out there as a member. Communicating and adding value. Taking part in events and talking to people there. Gradually when you have made connections, you can ask them to come to be a part of your community.
- Be vocal about helping people outside of the community. Whatever your community is about, be an advocate of that subject matter and voice your perspectives socially. Give people an in to be a part of your community if your ideologies resonate with them.
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