Content About Creation Is Procrastination

Consuming content about creation won’t make you a successful creator. It is a trap that leads to thinking there is a “right” way to create, thus preventing you from creating. Meta-creators (creators who create about creating) say the answer is in their newsletters, video courses, writing workshops, tweet threads, and productivity guides. These “answers” won’tContinue reading “Content About Creation Is Procrastination”

How To Discover Your Ideal Internet Community

A community exists that is ideal for you. How do you discover it? Many of us are trapped in communities not ideal for us. We don’t get the most out of our time there but don’t know the other options. We are jealous of people who find their ideal spots. They have created connections, grownContinue reading “How To Discover Your Ideal Internet Community”

Why Executives Should Care About Internet Communities

Ask a company what they value and there is a good chance they say “our people.” Without employees, customers, and other stakeholders, a company wouldn’t exist or succeed. The interests, problems, and passions of these groups shape a company. Increasingly, the place to talk about these topics is internet communities, and that is why executivesContinue reading “Why Executives Should Care About Internet Communities”

Supercharging Communities Through Ownership

Ownership supercharges community. It combines two trends: Large scale communication and coordination through internet community platforms. Decentralization and increased distribution of ownership. The combination created rapid growth of membership, attention, and value within these communities. Examples of communities supercharged by ownership include: WallStreetBets taking Gamestop from $20 to $350 per share. Bitcoiners causing Bitcoin toContinue reading “Supercharging Communities Through Ownership”

Explore Higher Friction Communities

People avoid friction because it’s work they’d prefer not to do. Luckily for us, the internet eliminates friction. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit succeed because they are the best at doing it. They make it easy to join, consume, and engage. Through eliminating friction, they reach their goals of user growth, content consumption,Continue reading “Explore Higher Friction Communities”

The Speed of Community

The format of interactions in a community creates a community’s speed. Interactions are driven by the platforms communities exist on. Voice and messages are fast, events and peer-reviewed articles are slow. Speed is both a constraint and an incentive. It guides a community’s behavior, actions, and content. Communities can exist at any speed but oftenContinue reading “The Speed of Community”

Your Future Makes You Unique

How you think about the future makes you unique. It is your knowledge and experiences projected forward. Your ideas about the future shape how you spend your time and energy. There are many futures for you to explore and pursue. You should try to pick the best ones. Start by exploring many futures. You can’tContinue reading “Your Future Makes You Unique”

Communities Should Create Paid Content

Communities normally monetize in two ways: access and status. Many communities exist “after” knowledge. They are an incentive for getting through the course, project, guide, or certification. They allow access to people who did the same. Once you gained the knowledge (and often paid for it), then you get access to the community. This isContinue reading “Communities Should Create Paid Content”

How To Keep Big Writers On Substack

Writing is hard, competitive, and readers do not want to pay for it. Sounds like an unappealing market right? Against all odds, Substack is one of the most hyped companies at the moment. Their competitive advantage, growing and monetizing newsletters simply, is also a weakness. Writers can just as easily leave with a list SubstackContinue reading “How To Keep Big Writers On Substack”

Exit Feeds, Enter Community

Information floods the internet. You can’t control it, but it must be controlled for you to absorb it. It is primarily controlled through infinite feeds of content on social media. Because sites control the feed, they control a part of your bubble. Your bubble is the natural and selected sources of information that influence whatContinue reading “Exit Feeds, Enter Community”