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This one is for all of you community managers out there.  Do you eat your own dog food?  Do you belong to an online community yourself?  I know, I know, you have no free time, but hear me out.  If you're not out there as a participant/member/civilian yourself, it will be hard for you to imagine the frustrations your own membership go through. 


I'd recommend trying to find a community with a similar structure as yours---if you run a blog with comments, then you should be a frequent commenter on another blog.  If you run forums, you should find a forum on a subject you're passionate about, and join it.  If you run a bigtime Facebook fan page, become a fan of another page. 


You'll pick up great ideas, find out the sticking points, and become a better community manager as a result.


Come on, taste the dog food.  It's good!


I'd love to hear your thoughts here in the comments, or connect with me on Twitter.


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