So, for several months I've done a series of blogs on how to create and maintain a vibrant community. And during the same time, our APM Community has become a little more active. But I see one area that each of us may consider changing to enrich ourselves and this community.
Step 1: Start Following More People
What I noticed that most people in this Community are following few people or have few followers. That means that all of us are missing potentially out on:
-Useful new documents
-Helpful new ideas
-Invaluable new questions/discussions or responses
-Tremendous new videos and webinars
-Making a key connection.
Step 0: Determine Which People to Follow
But you see that I uncharacteristically jumped the gun above.
How can you follow someone if you don’t know which someone to follow? Good point.
So here are some possible “following candidate” strategies
-Search for topics/environments that are important to you. And see which community members are contributing articles in that area.
-Look for peers at similar product levels. If a new customer, then search for other new customers
-Seek geographical colleagues
-You are only limited by your imagination! Wild and crazy guys? Large site administrators? Cat fanciers liking APM Scheduled Reports? Seek out your own birds of a feather!
Step 3: Gaining Followers/Increasing Following
The reason for doing this should be not to say proudly to someone, “I have two thousand followers/following five hundred members in the APM Community.” Instead, the focus should be linking to other kindred spirits to see how they are living their lives and dealing with technical/personal challenges that may be like your own! And be among the first to find out about their contributions as well them finding out about yours.
I've said what I wanted to say. Now it is your turn.
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