I was browsing through the archives here at Community Spark this morning and noticed that I have made very few posts about how to build a successful online community from scratch. All this is about to change.
A real life case study
I will soon be setting up a brand new online community and will blog about every detail and step I take in order to get it off the ground and turn it into a success. I am a firm believer that the easiest way of learning is by example – how many of you used to enjoy the case studies in academic text books but hated reading all the theory? I was certainly one of those people!
I am currently going through the escrow process in order to acquire a domain name that I think has a lot of promise. I hope to blog about the process I am going through in setting up my new online community at least once a week, along with my usual mix of community building articles.
Every stage of the development process
The article series will begin next week – I aim to post updates each Friday but this may change depending on how things pan out. To make sure you don’t miss any of these articles, subscribe to the RSS feed. Alternatively you can receive new articles direct to your inbox by subscribing via email.
The first article will fill focus on identifying a niche for an online community – having fewer competitors gives you a great initial advantage. For that reason, and to make the case study series ‘fair’, I will not initially be revealing the URL. I may change this policy in the future, though.
As I begin this journey of setting up a brand new online community and blogging about my progress, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Let me know if there are any particular areas of community development you want me to focus on. Let me know about your biggest challenges so I can write about how I address them when setting up my new community.
I look forward to reading your ideas and thoughts.