Whether you're starting a new group or running an established clan, building a successful community can be tough. After all, you're dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of players--and that's on top of handling the nitty-gritty of maintaining your group's website.
Luckily, we've got a few tips to help you run an active, thriving community.
1. Clear values and goals
Before anything else, make sure you know what kind of community you'd like to have. Your answer will determine the two pillars of your whole community experience: your values and your goals.
Values give you a compass that will help you navigate community decisions in the moment.
Why are you building a group in the first place?
What kind of behavior do you expect from your members?
What kind of people do you want to have as members?
Having answers to these questions will make it easier to deal with day-to-day issues, whether that means dealing with problem players or figuring out what features and activities you'll spend your time implementing.
That's also where goals come in. These can be specific, short-term objectives, like staging a successful tournament or landing a number of sponsors for the year; a more general, long-term aim, like becoming the biggest and most active group in your area; or it can be a mix of both.
Goals give your group a sense of purpose and direction. They cultivate more investment in your members, and they're great guides when you're sitting down to figure out what activities...