I run a small Facebook Group (2,800 members) for recreational mountain bikers devoted to improving their riding skills. I’ve made the decision to move the community to a new platform (Discourse) so that I can add more value (via technical features, events, mini-workshops, etc) and in turn, encourage more people to financially support the community via Patreon.
There have been a couple other topics related to this type of transition, for example:
But I think this is different enough to warrant its own topic.
I know the trend – hobbyist forums are declining and FB Groups for hobbyists are booming – so the likelihood of success is certainly more than questionable!
I’m confident, however. I created several online communities in years past that had good runs. And having read Buzzing Communities recently, I have a better understanding of the mistakes I made and why they eventually failed.
I’ll begin by summarizing the transition steps I’ve taken in the last month. And then I’ll post an update once per week or so as I go.
Feel free to comment and ask questions anytime, including questioning my sanity!