I am a moderator in a community that has recently had a sharp increase in growth and activity levels.
Our staff team is pretty small, and before the growth, I found it easy to balance my busy schedule with moderating the forums and handling my other responsibilities. Recently, my community began offering a unique product that is driving hundreds of new users in a day, and there has been a noticeable and sharp increase in the number of threads posted, user interactions, and all the other general activities of an online forum.
With the increased activity, it has become harder to keep up with official news, forum activity, and approving resources that users upload to our site. Part of this is due to an increased volume of reports and moderation, and the other part of it is that my skills as a moderator are weaker in some areas that have experienced great growth (like approving resources, which involves decompiling code and evaluating it for malicious content, which I am not too comfortable with yet).
Are there effective strategies for balancing time, learning new skills, and adjusting to sudden and sharp volume in user interactions and reports? I love my community, but I am struggling to keep up with everything going on and not spending 100% of my day moderating the forums.