I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for leadership positions. Which is why when I found out that Lunch was allowing their members to start and moderate their own communities, I was pretty excited. I’ve always wanted to have an online community/following of some sort, yet Facebook wasn’t really doing it for me. I have blogs, but it is so hard for my blog readers to really interact and tell their own opinions in the comment sections on my blog. Communities on Lunch completely solved these problems by being about to bring the social aspect in with the ability for everyone to share their thoughts in one place. Four communities later (The Bluff, WordPress, Yank’s Soccer, European Travel Tips) and I’m loving it!
The overall experience of having your own community is relatively fun. The idea that you get to bring a group of people together to rate, review and share their thoughts and opinions on something that they are all passionate about it great! I must admit, my communities are on completely different sides of the spectrum, but I’ve realized as a community founder, each one is for a different purpose.
One is for me to share tons of great knowledge I have.
One is to help spread awareness.
One is to grow a passion.
One is mainly for me to learn about something I don’t know much about.
There are different dynamics that go into starting your own community and it’s great to figure out which one or which ones fit us best.
I guess the main struggles depend on what type of community we have. Some communities want tons of members, others are fine with just a handful. Trying to get lots and lots of members into your community can be tough at time, but there are ways to do it. angelodignacio wrote a great review on how to market your community, talk about using blogs, Facebook and Twitter. There is no reason to get overwhelmed, especially as the community founder, but the community is only as good as the people in it so I think it’s great to get community members to help join in to get more members in a community!
Outlook for the Future
For me and my communities, I want to make sure that each community I have gets a similar amount of attention. It can be easy to get caught up in just one and leave the others sitting. We need to find that balance of spreading our wealth of community founder knowledge across all of our community we moderate.
I first arrived at Lunch in December 2008 after being sent an invite. I stayed, left and came back in March of 2009. I recall the first thing I thought in December being, "What's the point of this?" And then as the website evolved I began to love Lunch. It has become the equivalent of checking my email or my facebook page. I come to the site everyday and mingle on the site everyday, observing other members and reading reviews. I went on a trip in … more
Communities on Lunch is a place where Lunchers can create personalized review websites about their unique passions. Community members can find and post reviews, topics, quick tips and lists on any particular topic related to the community.
The idea of a Community is to share content around a specific perspective that will shape the nature of the conversation. The more niche the interest, the better for the members of that Community and also for everyone reading the reviews, lists, and quick tips. Creating a dynamic where discussion and commentary with fellow enthusiasts is focused around a detailed subject brings both the participants and their contributions to a higher level.
Communities on Lunch provide the ‘review’ context, a new format for connecting around shared interests online. This environment aims to draw out useful content around niche topics, encouraging more people to feel comfortable contributing quality content that can genuinely benefit others.
Communities on Lunch are curated by the Community Founder, who decides what gets reviewed (by setting which topics are in the Community), and sets the tone for how those topics get discussed.
All topics are organized at a global level on the main Lunch site; preventing great opinions and information from being lost in a disorganized message board thread, or trapped in an isolated social network or group. ...