One of my main focuses at the moment is to help indie hackers to get their groups off the ground and make them something that is truly treasured by the people they serve.
As Indie Hackers continues to grow we believe the groups will provide essential spaces for people to discuss, discover, network and grow together.
Here are some ideas that could help you get going:
Be like Lacey.
Just because you created a group it does not mean people know it exists. Find your people.
Introducing yourself will help, but you can do more.
All these actions will serve you well for building your indie business too. Practice communicating and reaching out is core to any business.
Running a group on Indie Hackers could potentially be the fastest way for you to become an expert in your niche.
Emphasis on potentially.
Having a group does not make you an expert. Creating a group of value does.
So, I'll be blunt. IH groups are micro-communities and it is your job to create as much value and useful interconnections between indie hackers as you can.
Sure, there's no shame in linking or posting to your own stuff, but find balance in it. People will quickly stop dropping by if it becomes a show just about you.
Maybe take the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time, encourage discussion and posting of other people's things over your own.
The more we can converse the tighter we can become as a community. A lot of community building is about encouraging people to share and speak up.
Taking no-code as an example, Lacey could post regularly something like:
Or we could take the freelancers group (👋 @jayclouse) as an example:
Or for the Medium writing group (👋 @Casey_Botticello):
Hopefully, responses to these discussions will fuel more ideas of what you can write and discuss.
Or you want to become an expert. Either is fine.
Modern day experts generally become experts by writing and sharing about their niche.
You can practice this in groups:
We recently launched the ability to post links on the sidebar of groups. We want it to be easier for people to stumble upon things to make their indie hacker life easier.
These are great for:
We recently launched the ability to share guidelines for groups. Courtland wrote about it here.
Use these to help make it clear to people what you want and don't want in the group.
Indie Hacker groups are your own little space on the internet. Make it something you are proud of.
You have the ability to remove posts from the group (or report them as spam). Use these tools to your advantage to create and curate a very special place on the internet. 🌱
I mostly keep an eye on things from an overall IH moderation perspective, but it can be so hard to catch it all. Especially as Indie Hackers keeps growing.
I'm working on things like online meetups, icebreakers, and audio chats. I'd love to help you all host some specific events like this for your group.
Email me if you'd like to host something. I'm very much in experimentation mode with all of this.
You don't have to do this alone, collaborate with others for support.
Often people will get stuck on this as they may feel they don't know anyone who would want to help. The simple solution for this is to put a call out for help. This is how Courtland did it.
It's worth a shot!
The reality is communities take time to build.
I realize this is probably a lot to take in, and could easily overwhelm you. But fear not!
I write this for you to refer back to and hopefully inspire you to take action.
My hope is that you can start with one idea from this list, or with an idea of your own that has been inspired by this post.
I'm here to help and will happily receive new ideas in the comments below. 😇