"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)
Some hacks for building engaging communities, some community cookies, and lots of resources!
Importance of listening to your community members and understanding their pain points or barriers to achieving their goals