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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started an Online Community Part 2

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In our ongoing series, "10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started A Community," we've previously covered essential aspects of community management. In this sequel, we'll delve deeper into five more valuable insights that will equip you with the knowledge and strategies to ensure your online community's success. 

1. Building a Community Takes Time

Patience and persistence are your allies in the realm of community building. A thriving and consistent community doesn't sprout overnight; it evolves over time. It may take months or even years to establish a robust community that aligns with your vision. Embrace the journey and keep your focus on the long-term goal.

2. Welcoming Feedback

Openness to feedback is a hallmark of effective community management. Your community members are invaluable sources of insights. They can offer suggestions, highlight areas for improvement, and help shape the community's direction. Always give thoughtful consideration to the feedback you receive, as it can lead to positive changes and foster a sense of ownership among members.

3. Strategic Content Planning

Consistent, relevant, and well-planned content is the lifeblood of your community. A content calendar that outlines scheduled posts, discussions, and engaging topics keeps your community members engaged. Well-thought-out content not only sustains member interest but also serves as a catalyst for new interactions.

4. Thoughtful Monetization

Monetization, while a viable option, must align with your community's values. Your choice of monetization methods should enhance rather than detract from the community's ethos. Be cautious not to alienate your members with intrusive or incompatible monetization strategies. Membership fees, sponsorships, or other monetization avenues should always reflect the values you've nurtured within your community.

5. Embrace Diversity

Diversity is the cornerstone of robust community dynamics. Encouraging members from varied backgrounds and perspectives enriches discussions and fosters inclusivity. By avoiding the echo chamber effect, you ensure that your community becomes a vibrant space where diverse viewpoints are respected and celebrated.


As you continue on your path to building and managing a thriving online community, remember that each step forward is an opportunity to learn and grow. These insights, drawn from a foundation of best practices and knowledge from various disciplines, are your compass for success. The journey may be challenging, but with the right strategies and mindset, you can create a community that not only flourishes but also leaves a lasting, positive impact on its members.

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Before you start your community, you need to be clear on your goal, you need to have an answer to questions like what is the purpose of running the community, how long should I run the community, do I need to make money from the community or can I continue to run through my pockets. When you know the answers to the questions like these, you will be able to run your community better.

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