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Maniflames

Hi, we're a small telegram group and we have a book club-like structure. We share reads that we're interested in and discuss them. It's also very common someone asks a random question about development throughout the week. We all want to grow the community but also realize that the format we use right now is not that scalable.

Thanks for your time :)

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Tessa Mero Ask Me Anything

Hi Maniflames,

One of my communities of many was a very small one, like 3-5 people, sometimes up to 15. When I wanted more people to show up, I'd try to keep the meetups as consistent as possible, example: 3rd Tuesday of each month at the same library at the same exact time, so that way they always know when the event is. When event date/time/place changes frequently, people tend to schedule their work/personal lives over your meetup and it is easily often missed.

What you can do is send out a survey to your group asking what they'd like to see or have. Also throw out some ideas and see what their thoughts are. If your community is on a chat tool, such as Slack, Discord, or Gitter, then it would be easier to reach out to them.

You can also throw contests or have prizes during the event. $5 starbucks gift cards to giveaway or something. Incentives are always fun.

For a book club, this is a bit out of my knowledge area, but if i was in a book club, and they... once in awhile threw a book gaming event, i'd be really excited to join.

An example: "Bring your own Book" game. bringyourownbook.com/

I recently bought that so i can talk/share about books in a fun way. I am just lacking any friends, let alone friends who read books. LOL :) just a fun thought! Throwing a twist can always gain your momentum back!

Let me know if you have any other questions. :) I can go on forever.

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Maniflames

Thanks this advice is really helpful! Some consistency will help a ton and a poll around topics would actually be great too. I'll check out the example too, I think shaking things up would make things a lot more interesting. 😄

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Tessa Mero Ask Me Anything

You are very welcome. You can always follow up here and let me know how things went! I am happy to continue to mentor as I find it will help many others if this information is public. :)