It’s not an easy thing to get a community going and to be self-sustaining. It takes very long term and dedicated effort to maintain the momentum.
Kathy Sierra has written a wonderful blog on building communities! It’s chock full of fresh ideas for the SharePoint world. In it is a link to Building User Communities Part 1 that is well worth the read. She highlights the gaps in the community building process and how to resolve them. What I really loved is the “there are no dumb answers” angle she has.
Before the self-professed experts have a fit at the “no dumb answers” thing, read the entire article. There are many levels of expertise in SharePoint and many of the long term specialists are not are suited to community work. So that leaves a gap in expertise. Her approach is very empowering.
There are plenty of strong SharePoint community people around the world that can benefit from her thoughts and share them with their communities. And if you’re new to the SharePoint world and looking for ideas, it’s a great place to start. It’s something we’re going to leverage in SBW for sure.
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