A Forum Is Like A Garden!

Shawn Gossman

Tazmanian Master
Dec 16, 2005
Shawn Gossman submitted a new Article:

A Forum Is Like A Garden!

While replying to a post, I thought that a garden is great to compare to a message forum. In this article I will compare a garden to a forum. It may be goofy to some but I think it makes sense and that's all that matter to me, lol.

Starting your garden (forum).

When considering starting a garden (forum), you want to find the space for it and decide how big you want it to be a first as you can always add to it later if you can get the space and afford the plants, materials and etc. Starting a garden also means you are going to need patents and you will need to spend a fair amount of time on it so that is can grow to its fullest.

Look for the best spots to grow your garden (see reviews on hosting, servers, etc.) and then start digging it up. Officially, your garden needs to be dug up, fertilized and planted before it will even be seen as a garden. In forums this is creating the categories, boards and sub-boards that you want. This would also be getting a theme and custom logo and establishing how your rules will be set, moderation will be done, etc. At first, your garden will be pretty bare but that's how it works for most people. A successful garden will take time to blossom.

So you have a garden (forum), what next?

So you garden is growing. The next thing you will want to do is maintain it. You will need to water it and add appropriate fertilization over time. You will need to make sure to remove all the weeds and keep the rodents and critters out of it. When some plants look bad and produce bad growth, you simply pick those and let them drop into the garden bed so they can act as a natural fertilizer because it may actually grow the plant into something better.

In forums, your forum is now public. You will need to keep active on it and post good content. Content is key! Post content that you want to see grow. Add a discussion to it and ask questions. Debating topics are also good to make guests desire to comment and therefore register so they can put their word or opinion in as well. Treat every post as a plant, nurture it and help it grow. Sing to it as it grows or keep posting in it with even better quality content so that it gets bigger and bigger. It doesn't matter how many plants you have in your garden when a few are producing much product, the same with forums, you may have very few topics but a lot of replies. Numbers help period. Its not what makes the numbers, its plain numbers. Weeding out the post ideas and features...

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