I am a 7y+ web developer and product designer creating practical UX tutorials for indie developers. (see examples)
I am now building my own community of makers that are interested into UX design. I don't have any slack/discord/circle website. Instead I do the following:
On top of these, I am thinking of more ways to interact with my audience. My goal is to not just sell courses but to build a long-term relationship with the people that trust me and buy my courses. How? By giving them access to me.
The first idea was to use a community platform like Slack but it didn't feel right. A community website should be a solution to a specific problem. It would be stupid to do it because it's just a trend at this moment.
That's why I started by clarifying and understanding the problem that I am trying to solve. I asked some of them and here is what they said:
The problem with member communities I find is that they tend to be quiet. Access to your ideas and feedback for me is the most valuable thing, so outside of that, I don’t know how valuable I’d find other members of a community
This changed they way that I see the idea around community websites. What people want is guidance and advice from me and other experts. They don't care that much about interacting with each other and exchanging design knowledge. Therefore these solutions would make more sense in my case:
What do you think about this topic? Is there something that I miss from what a community really is?