17 August, 2018
I’m going to head off for a little well-deserved beach trip early next week, so I wanted to kick off the weekend with an “ask me for advice” type post. I’m here to answer your questions about how to start, develop, and grow your community! I’ll keep an eye here for the next few days so that I can answer questions the best I can.
I’ll give a few thoughts before opening it to questions in the comments!
In a recent comment, John Dougan asked:
So, what, in your opinion, is too large? How fast is too fast? Hpw can I tell without trying it first?
My response was:
Great question, but unfortunately I think it’s one of those “it really depends” situations.
Consider the following factors:
- How established is the group? An older group may have more trouble integrating new people than a fresh group can.
- How active is the leadership? More active leaders can handle a larger influx of people.
- How cohesive is the group? A more unified group of people can introduce more people into the culture.
- How complex is the culture? A social group where you’re trying to avoid assholes can handle more people than a raiding group that needs high performance from the group members.
- What kind of people are joining? People who are more willing or already familiar with the group take less effort than randos.
- What has happened recently? A recent problem may distract from getting the right people or getting people to understand the culture.
- Is there a good opportunity? Maybe you have a good opportunity to add high quality people all at once. You’ll probably need to work harder for a bit to get these people part of the group.
Consider these issues as you’re looking to grow. I don’t think there’s really a good “one size fits most” answer, but it’s something you just have to pay attention to on a continual basis.
I have a post scheduled for tomorrow about when reality meets the plans for your community. I have it scheduled to be posted early, so that might spur some questions as well.
But let me hear your questions! Now’s the chance to get advice from a professional. Anonymous queries are fine.. you an always “ask for a friend” too!