- @Edward Penna such amazing advice mate, thank you so much. We always believe we need to do more but at the end of the day it's about having genuine connection with people so I guess if people see you trying to hard then it will come across but if you ask genuine questions about someone then I guess people will feel more at ease and will be more willing to contribute as you genuinly care, we just need to understand and be comfitable with patience and time. 🙏🏻💙
- That's amazing @Dan Candler I'm so glad to hear that.The challenge is definitely in creating a space where people feel comfortable to share. I think what will make it easier at the start is you being the one to spark off conversation, get people engaging, ask questions - maybe after seeing someone respond to something you post, you could drop a hint or nudge that their comment is insightful and worth a post of its own. Get them feeling like what they have is worth sharing!Once you get the ball rolling and more discussions start taking place I think naturally over time more and more people will feel comfortable and will start to talk amongst themselves.What would also be beneficial is setting some guidelines, some rules or expectations of people that join the group. You know the usual, be kind to one-another that sort of thing. It helps having something like that in place for people that are new seeing that things are being moderated to some degree.You could also do some sort of screening process where you get people to answer questions before they join. That way you know the people who want to join are invested in the community and you aren't just going to be getting bots/spam or anyone that's being harmful or malicious, for the sake of it.Good luck Dan!! I'm sure you'll build an awesome community I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing it once it takes shape.
- @Edward Penna I love that and exactly how I see my community forming, it's just figuring out away to make people feel safe in the space you are creating so they feel comfortable to share their ideas and thoughts. Thank you so much, this actually really helps 🙏🏻💙
- I think you've done a great job in summarising what I would expect or want from a creative community through your tagline 'Connect, Collaborate, Create' @Dan Candler.The communities that I love the most are less about self promotion, but more about connection - getting to know everyone, what makes them special and unique and learning from them as well.We are all in different stages of our creative journeys and in life, and so having a platform to share our knowledge openly I think is a powerful tool to have. I know since being a part of the communities I have I've been exopsed to such immense talent and new ways of thinking that help me become a better designer and person.The create side of things is always fun to explore as well, I like the idea of maybe monthly challenges - ways for creatives to be CREATIVE without limitation.
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