Hey everyone, Forem's been making it a lot easier to build a community but there's still a lot of non-foremy things that we all need to focus on.
Among these I'd include the strategy, mindset and daily efforts to grow our communities and make them positive places.
I've got a lot to learn on community building so I've been listening to various podcasts from those who've done it. I'd like to share this one, it's an interview of @ben (founder of Forem and DEV) by the founder of IndieHackers, another successful community.
It's interesting because that discussion also explains a lot about why the forem software was built this way. Those of us who are self-hosting may not understand why things are the way they are, but they all make sense with how DEV grew its community.
I also appreciate how Ben talks about patience and providing value to the community by himself for a long time. He was "broadcasting" his thoughts on the subject of his community until he had a large enough following to make it a two-way thing, switching from Twitter to "Forem".
For those of us who are directly starting with a Forem instance, it can feel like we should have a community from the start, but we don't. I think it's ok if there's not instantly a lot of discussion on our communities and it's probably ok if it's mostly us talking for a while. We need to focus on providing value and bringing people in.
I'm a bit of a history nerd so I'll share with you the motto of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. He'd say Festina Lente for just about any situation, which means "make haste slowly". I'm thinking there's probably a bit of wisdom in there for us community builders ;)
So don't forget to use Twitter to broadcast your community our there, and don't hesitate to ask interesting people to crosspost to your forem (it's even a built-in feature).
I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on kickstarting communities. Don't hesitate to share if you've got ressources on the subject. I'm also available if anyone wants to have a call about it of course.