A few months ago I had a conversation with a few online friends about writing and after a few hours of the back and forth we decided to start a Slack group where we could all have a place to communicate, ask for feedback, and hang out.
A few weeks later and I decided to switch all my Laravel News stuff over to Basecamp because I was losing track of things and wanted to unify everything. That move went so flawless that I decided to pitch everyone on the idea of moving our group over to a new Basecamp project and to my surprise everyone agreed to give it a go.
It’s been about 21 days since the move and Basecamp is excellent for this. We use Campfire to communicate throughout the day, the automated check-ins to share and cheer each other on, and finally the message board for those more extended questions that need to be thought out vs. an instant chat reply.
Right now it has about eight people in it, and I love how it has all the tools available to make a little private community and still have important features like the “latest activity” where I can ignore everything during the workday and checkup on my time without always having to feel like I’m missing something.
The only downside, of course, is the price but if you can afford it, then I’d recommend it. I don’t ever want to go back to what I had before with everything scattered everywhere.