This year at Make: Online we’re focusing on connecting the amazing people who make up the growing community of MAKE readers and visitors to our websites. We’re revamping community-related services on the sites, adding more participatory features, and generally making a more inviting place to not only read about making, but also share your own projects, connect with fellow makers, and feel good about “learning out loud.”

Here’s a little checklist of things you can do to get more involved with the maker community online.

Register on the site. To encourage thoughtful, open sharing of ideas and questions, and create a more welcoming environment for exploration and learning, we’ve written new Community Guidelines and instituted a “be nice” commenting policy, on both Make: Online and CRAFT. View our guidelines and register for your user account at makezine.com/comments and craftzine.com/comments.

Join the MAKE Forums. Our new community manager, Matt Mets, is moderating our MAKE Forums area. The forums are a great place to discuss projects you’re working on, ask technical questions, share your expertise, and discuss any and all aspects of making. Join in at forums.makezine.com. CRAFT has active forums, too, at forums.craftzine.com.

Post to the Maker Events Calendar. We’re spending more time marking up our events calendars with awesome DIY happenings around the country and the world. We do weekly calendar roundups on both the MAKE and CRAFT sites. If you know of any events, post them to makezine.com/events and craftzine.com/events.

Subscribe to the Make: Newsletter. We publish monthly newsletters of all-original info and insider news about Maker Media and what trouble we’re currently trying to get ourselves into. You can subscribe, for free, at makezine.com/newsletter and craftzine.com/newsletter.

Submit your projects. We’re always on the lookout for great content, to post to the websites and to run in the magazine. If you have a project we should take a look at, just use our Suggest a Site forms at makezine.com/go/suggestmake and craftzine.com/go/suggestcraft.

Get your group in our Community Directory. Want to connect with makers near you? We’re building an astonishing directory of Make: City groups, hackerspaces, Dorkbots, TechShops, and other making/DIY groups — makers really are everywhere! Check it out at makezine.com/groups, and to submit your group, email [email protected].

Run a Mini Maker Faire or start a Make: City group. Imagine how cool it would be to run a Mini Maker Faire in your town. To learn how, check out diy.makerfaire.com. And if you’re interested in starting a local MAKE group, email [email protected] for more details.

Join the conversation on your favorite social media:
» Twitter: twitter.com/make and twitter.com/craft
» Flickr: flickr.com/groups/make and flickr.com/groups/craft
» Facebook: facebook.com/makemagazine and facebook.com/craftzine