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Community Management is a Career, Not a Job

'Community Management' is a hot topic, & a hot job field, but I think it's important to articulate that it's not a role which should be approached as a 'job'. What do I mean by that? Community Management should NOT be:


A role you 'settle' for because you can't do other things
Something you do as an ancillary part of your 'real job'
Something you get into 'because it's hot right now'
A position that you can perform in isolation, without constant upgrading of your skills/knowledge


I've talked in the past about what kinds of skill sets I believe are necessary to be an effective community manager, and as I thought about my own career path, I realized that early on in my community management career, I considered myself an engineer doing community management, whereas I now think of myself as a community manager with an engineering background. It is a subtle, yet hugely important difference - one that allows me to draw on a breadt…