Time for some self-reflection on a day to "treat yo'self"

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Let’s face it. Being a stellar community manager is sometimes taken for granted. On the surface, you’ve got an active, engaged community, free of spam, full of answers, and running on a steady stream of peer-to-peer participation. Behind the scenes, you are moderating new members, punting questions to subject matter experts, tracking engagement metrics, pitching to leadership, and constantly playing match-maker between people, places, and content.

 

I’m not sure about you, but I rarely had people lined up to pat me on the back for keeping the pulse of healthy community at a strong, steady pace.

 

So on this Community Manager Appreciation Day, perhaps it’s time for us to call a timeout, take a healthy dose of self-reflection, and remember why we got into this career path in the first place. We asked some of our favorite community managers and here’s what they had to say:

 

Dina Vekaria (@dinavekaria) from Pearson reminds us:

“Being a community manager gives me a sense of belonging. Our community is more than just blogs, ideas, polls and documents. I see people. Generous, smart, hard working people helping each other in new ways so they can do their best and be their best. Being a part of that, is really something special.”

 

Jessica De La Torre  (@JessDLT) from BlueGreen Vacations brings to mind:

"For me, the best aspect of being a community manager is bringing people together. Jive truly helps to humanize our team members from across the country and we all work better together because of it."

 

Rachel Duran (@TheRachelDuran) from CA Technologies admits:

"I'm passionate about empowering every employee in the organization to share, create, and lead through online community interactions. Enterprise Social Networks are where culture evolves into community."

 

Keeley Sorokti (@sorokti) from MapR Technologies shares that:

"I enjoy creating spaces that facilitate serendipity. When people unexpectedly 'bump' into each other in an online community I know that we've built something of value. They log in with one purpose in mind and then see something else that catches their eye and end up collaborating around a shared topic of interest. It's even better when this leads to problem solving, new insights and an expanded network!"

 

So I want to know: what affirmation keeps you going? Why is it great to be a community manager?

Let’s pile on the positive vibes and be sure to thank ourselves.

 

Because after all, it’s Community Manager Appreciation Day. How you gonna treat yo'self today?

 

Treat yo'self to a Starbuck by answering Adam Mertz's call for participation in this festive day, see: 2016 CMAD Love to Jive Community Managers

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Bonus item:

Perhaps you are appreciated but are you getting paid enough? Download the Community Manager Salary Survey from 2014. It's an oldie but goodie that should empower you to treat yo'self.