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Community is the latest buzzword across the tech scene. Every product right now wants a community and are going all-in on building a close-knit fan group.

Hundreds of communities are being created every day, whether it is a gamer community on Discord or a digital nomad community on Facebook, but not many have active meaningful interactions.  

That’s because people are building it the wrong way. 

Communities are formed when bonds between members are created. Building communities take time and it slowly develops over time. Although impatient companies accumulate a large number of members and turn them into a community. It is actually the reverse.

To put this into perspective- think of two different types of gatherings

The first one is a small party with a group of people that share an interest and the second one is a large concert. Which place is more likely to create more bonding?

When building a community, it’s really important to start with a small group of people and then slowly add in more members to create deeper bonds. And these deeper bonds translate to having an active and engaged group of wonderful people. 

Would like to hear what others have to say! Also, thanks Hrishikesh for suggesting the topic of 'Communities' in the sidebar 🙌 


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    Any particular online communities you think do a good job?

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      Of course, @hrishikesh and @karthik are doing a great job at Remote Clan 👏. There are other communities that I admire like Makerlog- for building an engaged, maker-specific community. IndieStack is also doing a good job of building a private community with only a handful of members. 

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        Cool, thanks for sharing! 🙏

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        I think Indiehackers has become a really good community. Warm crowd who actually care about helping each other.

        Not sure, but @suvansh is part of Megamaker. I don't know if we have gained anything from there, to be honest, but there is some activity there. But it is a slack community, which I find to be a big compromise.

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          Absolutely! Indiehackers is well known now. I came to know about MegaMaker from a client who heard about us there. So I was obviously attracted to it.

          I found it to be a warm, inclusive community. A high entry fee ($300), and the specific type of audience it attracts - bootstrapped individual product maker make it so. Though, the low numbers restrict the value you can get apart from having a few folks to bond and interact with.

          So, over a period of time, I have seen folks away from it and come back when they needed that connection.