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What to do next after joining a community? Do we stay active by relying on built-in programs? Or should we move to another place?

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My community journey, so far

I've always been a massive supporter of online communities. From location-based communities, to niche-based communities. I've tried as moderator and even created a few of my own.
A lot of great lessons learned. The mantra is always “to find like-minded individuals who share the same interest. And, to learn and help each other.”
But let's not talk about how to create a community, but instead what else should we do to continue gaining the benefits from joining one.
Eventually people will try to move on. New members coming in and starting the same cycle again.
If you don't gain any value, there's no point to stay right? Yes, but I stayed.

What did I do instead?

1. Created Twitter list
2. Making conversations
3. Direct Messages
4. 1:1 Video Calls
I need to clarify first by repeating the mantra, "to find like-minded individuals..." and start making new friends.
You've probably heard a lot by now, entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. So it's much needed to have good "growth-buddies" (thanks Alex!) that can support you and theirs as well.
Let's dive into the action-points.
Public Lab's first 30DaysInPublic cohort
Public Lab's first 30DaysInPublic cohort

1. Create Twitter list and add the community members

I first started to do this after joining Public Lab. I want to have a curated list of people that joined the first 30DaysInPublic cohort, so we can start learning from each other.
Even after our cohort has ended, I still keep on adding new people into the list.
And from the list, I can identify those that I can relate and created another list that I named "Idea Buddies", which later became "Growth Buddies" (again, thanks Alex!).

2. Making conversations

I'll start to engage with their tweets or their interactions with other people. Achieved the friend-to-friend niche topics and have the conversation on a daily basis.
If we failed to connect, I will remove them from the list. No hard feelings, as we only talk in our tweets or threads — which is in public.

3. DM for intimate chats

By the time I DMed any of them, we already established the deep understanding of each other's expectations, goals and interests.
So, with that in mind, we should be able to start sharing more contents, discoveries etc, things that won't fit into 280 character-limits and not to spam any of the tweets or threads.

4. Book 1:1 video calls

Now that we're closed, or at least more comfortable with each other, it's time to put the faces onto our Twitter-handles and avatars.
At last, it shouldn't be too awkward to ask personal questions. Like past failures/successes, mental health, family stuff and so on.
We can start brainstorming new ideas, think of potential collaborations and partnerships.

Bonus round:

5. Ask them to become your accountability partner

We are now obliged in taking care of each other's growth, because we have embedded that trust.
It's not easy, but still a good start. Not everyone can be a good accountability partner, they need to be blunt and cruel when needed. And likewise, can we be that good partner as needed as well? Probably a nice topic for me to revisit for my next post.😉

6. All in: Go on a trip to visit, and get married. And live happily ever after.

Just kidding!🤣

P/s All this would not be happened if it's not because of the Public Lab's gang; Kevon, Ayush, Alex, Saša, Yihui, Bhanu, Janet and loads more. I am grateful to have you as my internet buddies, and inspire me to keep on building.🥰
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