Over the past year, I've written a number of blog posts about new feature releases on our products, some structured tutorials and a couple of thought pieces. I've tried to make sure the posts were well thought through and that readers could use them as reference in the future, kind of like informal documentation.
It takes a bit of time to write these posts, and when running 3 products, working with customers, managing custom client projects, time is precious.
I love writing, it really helps me to get stuff out of my head and to reinforce my understanding of concepts I'm thinking about and working on. Over the past year, in between the blog posts, I've been writing about the various things I've been working on in a more conversational, fluid way and I'd like to share that with you all in the hope my one-way writing can become more of a conversation.
But first, some context...
Welcome to The Guild
The Guild is a community platform, a modern forum, if you like. Yes, it's a Discourse powered site. If you've been a member of the Envato, Twitter or New Relic communities (as well as many others) you'll already be very familiar.
The site is structured around our core products, predominantly. Here, you can find all sorts of additional information about various topics relating to the Beach products.
Want to learn more about the JAMStack?
Want to build a static CMS site with Contentful?
What is Cockpit?
How does Forge Server work?
Want to preview the next Hammer for Mac release?
What many of you don't know about me, is that I'm a bit of a product hacker. I love thinking of new ideas and using web and mobile technology to experiment with them. If you're into that too, you might enjoy the Concepts & Ideas category of posts.
Learn how we're using Sketch to build apps with React
Learn about how we delivered personal training to groups through an iPad.
Learn about getting started with Mobile Virtual Reality
Learn about building Chatbots
Up until now, it's been rather lonely in here. The Guild was a somewhat over-engineered way for me to take and store my notes.
The Beach community is really strong, with more than 12,000 people actively using our products. Our active Slack team room often surprises me with just how supportive and helpful our customers can be to each other.
Now it's time to take that to the next level.
I am planning to tie in community participation to our business model, whereby the most helpful, most supportive members will be rewarded. It could be with product discounts, it could be with financial rewards, it could be with increased community status and responsibility, it could be with schwwwaaaag. Likely it will be all those things and more.
I want the Beach community to continue to grow in size, sure, but most importantly social value. We're lucky that some of the internet's most creative people use our products. If you would like to become top tier web designer or developer, if you would like to build better products or provide better services to your clients, then Beach is the place to belong.