What I truly like about setting up communities is the ability to be an Editor in Chief. I can pick and choose what interest me to begin with and also to categorize the wide array of topics we've built up on Lunch into some meaningful form.
When I first joined the site, I wrote a review on Lunch.com about the need to categorize and make easy the path to "enlightenment". As what I did almost a decade ago about the ability to search for information back then when I was on JR's other site VirtualTourist.com.
Virtualtourist.com is a travel site. That's concise enough. But as everyone knows, the world is big and even a city has so much to it that if it's not properly defined, all kinds of stuff will appear in a travelogue. The way for someone to search for specific info can be a real pain!
The same for Lunch. Although you can go about the tags way, there may be way too many to go through as well. People are running short of time and energy to go through an entire site to specifically find what they want. On the other hand, especially for members like me who write on many different interests and who wrote as much as I do, then it's confusing. My friends are not going to take their time to search through everything I've written to find what interest them, right?
That's where the Community function comes in. Together with the curating function, I'm able to fine tune the noises and make it into a channel which has its specific audiences and listeners. It's like inviting your friends to a bridal shower. Sometimes, people set up not just one but a few when their friends come from different walks of life. So, one sets up different communities on Lunch geared specifically to a defined interest.
A successful community, I believe, lies not in the number of members or reviews but in the way a founder curate and then market that community the way he/she is interested in marketing. As a member, I'd like to find out what's out there related to my area of interest. And, if a founder can direct me the way to the right room with enough information and new things to learn about my specific interest, then that's a good community for me. Curating is what keeps a community ongoing and vibrant. It prevents a community from getting so big that it's overwhelming. It also helps members to get to know one another better. This is what make a community special. The first step to being a community founder.
Wanna know one of my favorite parts of being a Lunch Community Founder? Being able to curate my own community. Maybe it's because I have thing for decorating and making things look nice, but I love being the Editor-in-Chief of my own review site! And as Lunch's Community Manager, I figured I'd have a thing or two to share about best practices on curating your community. Consider this a crash course on how to effectively set up and maintain your community with a strong emphasis … more
Community Founders on Lunch have the ability to act as "Editor in Chief," curating their communities by choosing topics, reviews, and lists to feature. Founders can also set the tone of their community by including review prompts and taking advantage of other features in general settings.
This is one of the most important roles of a successful Community Founder. Shaping the tone and nature of the conversation in your Community attracts the best members, and results in the highest quality content. It also allows Founders to contribute a consistent editorial voice throughout the content shared in their Community.