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thehourglassstore

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Where should I build our first community?

Hey guys! In my free time, I'm working on a side project called hourglass, which is a physical accountability tool folks use to track side projects, workouts, hobbies, etc.

I'm thinking about launching an hourglass New Year's Resolution community, maybe even something like "The-5-Hour-Challenge Group" which would be a group for individuals who want to commit to doing something for at least 5 hours a week in 2020 (e.g., writing blog posts, learning an instrument, etc.).

My question for the Club is: where should I build this first community? Facebook Group? Slack? Discord? etc.

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Alex Angel

Every platform has their tradeoffs, so what's most important is understanding why you're building your community (which you already have stated, so you're most of the way there!), how you want members to participate, and how you want to manage things.

Do you want your community members to be more chatty in their interactions? Slack or Discord are good options. Do you want conversations to last for a while and be able to be referenced later on? One of the various forum platforms is a better choice.

We keep this community tool landscape post pretty up to date with all of the options that are out there. It can be overwhelming with all of the options, but what it boils down to is: can your community members make connections with each other and you? If so, platform isn't critical and you can always make a pivot at a later point if you realize the one you've gone with isn't ideal.

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thehourglassstore Author

Great questions. I need to think more about chatty vs. forums. And wow this is such a helpful tool. Thanks for sending!!

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Michael Hall

The simple answer is: "Where they already are".

If the people you want to be in your community are already using one of those platforms, then that's the platform you should use.