Blogging vs Community Building


Community Building is developing authentic relationships between people.

Blogging is like a newspaper or a radio talk show: having guest bloggers, associate bloggers, etc., is a part of community building. Allowing others to post (ie Facebook, Google+) is community. Active Rain was one of the early, more successful real estate communities online.

In blogging you publish. In Community Building, you embrace the ideas of others – or at least allow them to be shared.

Components of successful community building?

  • Establish community goals.
  • Establishing an initial pathway to reach the community goals.
  • Allowing users access to ownership.
  • Guiding users toward the community goals.
  • Be responsive to community activism by facilitating new pathways.
  • Let the community decide.

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