November 12th, 2021
One of our favorite DevRel authors, Shawn Wang, is back with another hot take. This one, specifically, is about heat. In his article Community Heat, or Why You Should Get Good at Events, Shawn makes the case for communities to use events as part of their annealing process—alternating "hot" and "cold" in order to stay warm.
The "hot" event (something that brings people together in real time) spills over into the cold community (a chat or forum that doen't have the same kind of zing) to keep the community warm, while the cold community passively builds excitement for the next "hot" event.
His main takeaway is that events matter, and to truly build community, you best get good at them.
The key factors he sees are:
For more, read Shawn's full article.