Hi! My name is April Lee Uzarski, and I am an internal community manager. Welcome to the Community Roadhouse.
I am not the only internal-facing manager out there, but It’s a lonely road. We are often part of small teams or teams of one in an organization. The employees, managers, and executives surrounding us don’t share our backgrounds. Our connections to external resources like CMX, The Community Roundtable, and Vanilla Forums keep us educated. At community conferences we find ourselves surrounded by consumer-facing community managers, who inspire us, but we can’t geek out with them.
My goal is to share my experience and meet more folks who are internal-facing to empower the work that we do. While traditional roadhouses offered travelers a respite from the road through liquor, gambling, and dancing, the Community Roadhouse aims to provide a space for knowledge sharing for the lone internal-facing community professional. I don’t know everything about internal community management, but I want to share my experiences and hope that you share yours.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you come back often!