“All this bookstagramming has led to a thriving space for book lovers on social media, and that’s been a good thing for independent bookstores too — because it plays to their key strength: creating community.”— Instagram is helping save the indie bookstore (Vox)
I had the privilege of keynoting WordCamp Rochester this weekend. My talk, WordPress for All, was a reminder of how the web — and WordPress — came to be.
Here’s the companion essay/post to my talk.
Earlier this year I published a blog post about Reach Teach Sell, my practical marketing framework. I was mainly thinking about content at the time, but as of late, I’m thinking about community a whole lot more.
What does “community” mean, anyway?
Here’s how I define it:
- A community is a network of people with something in common
- A community group is a structured organization, consisting of members from the community
When we talk about building a community, in the context of a business, we’re often talking about organizing a community group.
Communities are organic. They don’t get built. They grow.
That said, I’ll often use the word “community” when referring to a “community group” — e.g. “join the community”, “stories from the community”, “welcome to the community”, etc…
You need to build your community with people, not for or at them. That’s the secret to making sure community building efforts catch on, instead of fizzling out as a failed initiative.— From Instant Pot to Instagram (First Round Review)
Likewise, you need to relinquish some control for the community to thrive.
To prep for the workshop, we’re looking for WordPress meetup organizers to share their experiences with us in a quick survey. Gist:
To prepare for the workshop, we’re looking for insights and advice from other WordPress meetup organizers. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you? We’ll roll your contributions into our workshop materials.
Note: You don’t need to be attending the workshop to submit a response!
Submissions are anonymous, but you’re welcome to identify yourself for kudos (!), follow-up questions, or to stay in the loop about the workshop.
Are you a meetup organizer? Take the survey!
Know someone else who organizes a meetup? Send them the survey!
The more we hear from other organizers, the better. Meetups can vary quite a bit from one community to the next.