The challenges of building a community

10 04 2007

The only way of building a community is to keep promoting it until evangelists arrive and take it over.  The difficulty is finding the evangelists without people thinking you are spamming, or trying to muscle in on their world.

Early on I joined as many railfan email groups as I could find in order to  let members know about us.  There were no false pretences.  I asked each moderator if I could promote the site and all agreed.

Even so the promotion is an uphill struggle.  People still see us as competitive when we are an extra resource to be used.  I’m not sure how to conquer that.