Blogging challenge: Share your knowledge about how community works

Posts are due the following Thursday, after each new theme is announced.
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Help us collect community knowledge by blogging about the weekly community management theme. This week's theme is Encouraging New Contributors.

Communities are what make open source software work. No two pieces of open source software are the same and so no two communities are the same but they can often learn from each other. Some have shared their best practices for bringing communities together, growing them, and fostering them. We have several books about communities and several conferences dedicated to them.

However, the information still doesn't reflect all we collectively know.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept, is to blog about a weekly open source community theme that we'll set every Friday. Blog on a separate platform, your own blog or Medium or other. Share your best tips and tricks in your blog post, then tweet a link to it using the hashtag #osscommunities. Every Friday, we'll publish an aggregate of all the blog posts that have been tagged #osscommunities with the goal to create a set of knowledge around different community topics.

For your post to be included, you must tweet about it by the Thursday after each announcement. Are you ready?

This week's theme is Encouraging New Contributors.

Here are some post ideas to get you started. And don't forget to tweet your post using this hashtag when you're done: #osscommunities

  • 10 steps to keeping new contributors once you have their attention
  • 7 steps for onboarding new community members
  • 3 best places for finding new users
  • How did you get started in your first project?
  • 3 best tips you’ve gotten for attracting new contributors
  • 3 ways you find the right type of contributor and where to find them
  • The 3 most important things to do with a new project that most people miss and 3 projects that got it right
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Stormy Peters leads the Community Leads team at Red Hat. Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations.


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