So, I was just in the welcome thread and @HAWK was nice enough to send me to an older thread that touched on the issue I am seeing, but I am hoping that I can get some more input on what I am seeing as well as some ideas that may help build engagement.
My communities background is that we sprung up from another communities failing. We are a game development community, extremely targeted in our niche market, so it is a small community (roughly 135 members, 30 active daily members) in a very small niche. The previous failed community, which for 13 years was the only community in the niche had a toxic reputation, and its community was not terribly engaging.
So, I have two groups of members, those who enjoy the new community and are starting to engage more and more, but about 45% of the members who did move over have expressed a lack of knowing how they should contribute, but a wanting to participate. When asked (through me reaching out in member interviews [great and simple idea]) – the biggest response is that they feel anything that they could offer would not be interesting to anyone else, so they feel stuck at making the attempt.
I have been searching around trying to figure out how to encourage these members to feeling like they can participate rather then feel like they can’t. I am wondering if any of the Experts here would have any pointers?