Thank you, Lisa, for saying nice things about our Cre8asiteforums community. And all of them true, too.
What Are You Doing To Grow Your Community?
Give more than you take
If youíre not consistently delivering, people are going to find someone who is. You need to give people a reason to stay engaged and your content is often the best way to do that. Your community wants top notch information. They want tools. They want insight. And they want it now and they want it for free. They want you to comment on their blogs and add to their conversation before they comment and add to yours. Your audience is a pre-schooler.
My favorite example of this is also one of my favorite people in the industry. Itís Kim Krause-Berg. I love Kimís blog. She gives away an incredible amount of information with no strings attached. She also runs the Cre8asite forums, which happens to be one of the few forums that I pay any attention to. Sheís always commenting on other peopleís blogs to support them and bring insight to the conversations going on in other circles. And anytime you need a mom or someone to listen to you cry/vent/get excited, Kimís the first one to offer an ear. The Web can be a harsh place, but Kim has created a community around her that exudes sunlight and warmth and love.
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While I happen to be simply about Kim, I have to say that it is not just her that makes Cre8 a place I love to be. It is all the people that find her extended kitchen table - Cre8 - a great place to hang out, trade hints and advice, share joy and sorrow, learning and sharing about all facets of web development, marketing, ethics, and much much more.
People from all walks of life from all parts of the world coming together in community.
Nice, very nice, to see ourselves refected so well in another site's commentary.