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You've managed to build up quite a community without even (seemingly) trying! As a community builder, that's fascinating to me :) Do you view it as a "if you build it, they will come" analogy? Or have you been doing things behind the scenes to cultivate this community? Also... if you haven't been doing anything yet, do you plan to in the future?

 

Oh there is definitely a lot of trying involved. But I've done enough failing in this space that I act very deliberately and have very low expectations about people's interest in the things I make. Like, I've built things where I had to beg my friends and family to use.

So definitely no "if we build it, they will come" mantra, but more of a "If we obsess over the details, remain patient, offer clear value and respect peoples' time, they will come eventually" attitude.

 

Sounds about right haha :) Do you have a group of folks that you're gathering feedback from (aka the Slack group?) or are you just observing how people are using the site?

It's a combination of things. It's always a matter of "we could be doing more" but right now we're working with UX students to audit our site as a part of their program in school and we are super excited to see what they come back to us with.

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