Hi! I just found this community while doing some research, and am not entirely sure whether I belong here or not, but I'll put myself out there anyway.
I "accidentally" started an amazing online community just over a year ago. It was an offshoot of a different, poorly run community. It is a community for mothers of young children, and as the group was forming, I just followed my intuition around how to build the culture of the group, but as I've spent a few minutes poking around Feverbee, I am amazed to see that many of the key decisions I've made are actually outlined here.
My community is only 200 people (I capped the group at 200), and those 200 people from across the world have spent a life-changing year getting to know one another, meeting up in person, and supporting one another in innumerable ways. I am constantly blown away by the strength and power of the community, and the sense of commitment that people have to it. Every single day people comment that they wish their friends could join a community like ours.
So I am grappling with whether I could build my community into something larger and better that could welcome more participants. But of course that brings a ton of challenges. The community is on Facebook (and real life!), which in itself is a big challenge. And I am trying to figure out how I could monetize the community without it feeling like it has been monetized.
So I guess that's it in a nutshell. Looking forward to spending more time checking out the resources here.