You can look at almost any community and
come up with a list of event ideas that would be popular.
Let’s try Metal Detector Forum (random
choice). Notice the two most popular category of posts (below).
Identification of finds and stories of
those finds are clearly the most popular categories. A simple event would be a webinar or
Google Hangout (these stories are visual) where different members can show off
what they found and explain the story behind it.
What if you made it more
fun? What if you had members present their finds and challenge members during
the event to be the first to identify what it is? You might even get
sponsorship from a company that sells metal detectors to have prizes.
You might have an
expert explaining how to do metal detecting on the beach or in water, or explaining
how to gain permission to different areas to do metal detecting.
The community also appears to have a regular
source of newcomers. You might want to host regular events for them explaining
some of the advanced tips (community generated) for metal detecting. Many
people will be new to the topic and have basic questions to ask.
Very quickly, you have build up a regular
series of events for your community.
This is one example, you can use any
community to identify the most active features, categories, and discussions.
You can initiate events/activities around these types of discussions.