I know from my own experience that very often the biggest challenge faced by those developing online communities is attracting and retaining members.
Particularly in the early days, this can be really tough as nobody wants to register to join a community that only has a few members.
Members are not the only challenge
This is only one challenge faced by all of us that are developing online communities – there are many, many more!
I want you to share the challenges you are facing by leaving a comment here. Who knows, another reader may be able to help you out with some advice. Heck, I might even be able to help! Did you manage to successfully overcome a challenge you faced? What was that challenge, and what was your solution?
By sharing, you’ll soon realise you are not alone. You will also find motivation from hearing about the challenges of others.
My biggest challenge
I guess it is only fair that I go first – my biggest challenge is defeating procrastination. I will often spend hours aimlessly surfing online knowing that I have a whole list of work to do. I find it excruciatingly hard to start working, and even then I find it almost impossible not to get distracted.
If I start something that is critical and needs to get done (for example, fixing some coding errors) then I am fine. Anything else with less importance though, I struggle with.
This means that Just Chat often ends up towards the bottom of the pile when it comes to continued marketing. I need to concentrate and work towards getting my largest site moving to the next level. Unfortunately I find it hard to do when it is already enjoying success.
If anyone has a cure for procrastination, then please share it here! Otherwise I want to hear about all the individual challenges you are facing at present. Let’s put our heads together and come up with some solutions!