Yes, this is a bit
meta, but, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on what I've done to build a 3-figure following in just a 1 month and 9 days; 38 days, to be precise.
And when I woke up this morning, March 30th, I discovered that I had 100 total followers (and 430 points) as the
featured image at the top shows.
Now, let me be clear: My intent and goal WAS NEVER to get a large following; anything but that! I've described in clear terms how I think about these sort of things!
But, growth... that's an entirely different (and scientific) thing! We all know that growth is valuable to research, analyze, and understand, especially for business and community building!
What I did was quite simple:
I showed up and helped out as best I could.
... if you were looking for a more dignified and "strategic" answer, well, I apologize because I don't really have one.
I can expand and be more specific perhaps? Okay, that sounds fine:
One of the things that I teach on
Day #1 of YEN.CAMP is that to be an effective community builder requires discipline and a real commitment to data.
You see, the difference between a good community builder (and business builder) and a great one is their commitment to understanding how the fundamentals of growth actually work — like collecting data around growth over periods of time.
But, to get there, you have to be consistent with your work so you can qualify if it's objectively good work or bad (i.e. low return on investment). In other words, creating a simple calendar can make all the difference for even the most sophisticated of entrepreneurs:
So, when I first started hanging out here I simply made a commitment to show up, on the regular, and engage in a helpful and friendly manner.
Specifically, I wrote a ton of comments and a handful of longer-form articles. I even did a really fun AMA!
****pst: I'll still take questions if you want!
Over time, I've earned the right for folks to follow and subscribe to the work that I'm doing and I'm slowly building and earning their trust. You see, a follower count is nothing more than a lagging indicator of a connection that was made based on the currency of trust.
And this is how I build not only communities but also how I build companies (and I do it in that order).
It's been so much fun to be here with all of you and I'm so glad to be able to call myself an
... although I've been calling myself that for quite some time... but, who cares...!