paul wheaton wrote:Suppose 20,000 people hear about this place and think they might want to come here.
Suppose all 20,000 start to listen to the first podcast.
I suspect that half will stop after a minute or two.
Half of that will stop a bit further in.
Half of that will make it to the end of the first podcast.
Half of those will choose to go on to the next podcast.
I am now down to 1250 people.
Let's suppose that 100 people make it to the end of the 10th podcast and are still thinking of coming here.
Let's suppose that 20 make it to the end of 100 podcasts and are still thinking of coming here.
Let's suppose that 10 people actually make the attempt.
Of those 10, some people realize that this is not the kind of thing they want to do. Some realize that they don't like me. It turns out that there are some that I don't like. Others it seems like everything is great, but after a few months or years .... not so much.
In the end, there might be one person. Maybe.
Conclusion: It isn't that I need to be somebody that charms ANYBODY/EVERYBODY. I need to be myself and find that 1 person in 20,000 that is a fit. And if I wish to build a community of more than me and one other person, maybe I need to get my stuff into more brains than 20,000 people.
Corollary: When people tell me what I have to do, have to say, have to think .... maybe I should direct them to this thread.