If you're in the process of building a community but haven't actually started, you're not just standing still - you're moving backwards.
The truth is, you don't know what you don't know. And if you haven't started, the "what you don't" is a significant part of the puzzle.
What's holding you back? For many, it's fear. Fear of being public, fear of stepping into the unknown. Starting something is courageous and, admittedly, hard. Yet, it's essential to the success of what you're aiming to build. No people, no growth.
Why starting small matters. Your first group of community members, no matter how small, is more than just an audience; they're your co-creators.
This group helps shift the focus from an individual project to a collaboration.
You'll begin to understand the change your members want, their needs, and the urgency (or lack of it). These early members don't just follow; they help lead you to see the (community) way.
You're not just launching a micro-community; you're planting the seed for a shared vision. This vision grows and evolves through the contributions and feedback of early members. It moves beyond your initial idea, adapting to become something that resonates more deeply with a broader audience. This shared vision is a magnet, attracting more members who align with its evolving objectives.
If the idea of starting online is daunting, begin with something super easy. Start a book club, host a weekly social hour, initiate any group activity where you commit to doing something together and follow through. It's about building the internal muscle required for bringing people together. It's a skill that's crucial for the success of your community project. Most importantly, the experience will condition you to do more things with people.
Every moment spent not starting your community is a lost opportunity for learning and growth. The action plan is simple but imperative: Start now. Whether it's a small online group or an in-person gathering, the act of beginning is what sets the wheels in motion for your community-building journey.