Just currious, what is your address?Many people (granted people who didn't like me) said I was a terrible staffer and I'm sure many thought my forum would shrivel up and die. But my forum. though small is doing well. Yes I would love more members. But I feel for someone who was told he was a failure I'm doing damn well.
I agree.I think the quality of forums has declined though. Seems to be 1000 new forums popping up every day. (This would seem to suggest that the forum world isn't dying--it's just getting watered down.)
I agree, in large part, with this. It's not like it's hard work, but it's much harder than anyone thinks it is. Takes a lot of time and dedication and, for it be done right, it takes a long while to get where you want to go. We've been online for going on 4 years and I finally feel like we're getting to where I want us to be, and we're not even fully 'there' yet.I personally think what's happening is that lots of people are starting forums just to start forums and failing, or underestimating the amount of work they need to get their forum going.
And as for older forums that die off, that's often because the owners lose interest or can't afford/manage to keep them running.
I think for me whats the biggest challenge is time and just that you can't no matter how hard you try guarantee success.I agree, in large part, with this. It's not like it's hard work, but it's much harder than anyone thinks it is. Takes a lot of time and dedication and, for it be done right, it takes a long while to get where you want to go. We've been online for going on 4 years and I finally feel like we're getting to where I want us to be, and we're not even fully 'there' yet.
I think people see a few successful, active forums and think 'I can do that' and slap some sh*t on a shingle and hang it up and are surprised when the hosting bill comes and you have to actually PAY that bill and the members don't just come rushing right over and fill it up.
I also think people get off on being in charge, but really, when it comes down to it, they don't want to do the dirty work-- the warning, the banning, the relating to members, the finding staff, the supervising staff and planning activities and such. They don't realize that it's much more than 'if you build it, they will come'-- you have to BE there and provide something for your members be loyal to.
It takes time and money and hard work to do this and do it right. I don't think there is a successful forum out there that is run 'cheaply' and is brand new.
Yeah, that will die off eventually like MySpace did (Not completely, I still know some who use it).I saw a drop in usership when all of my members joined facebook. They now post all their pictures there and chat with each other via their walls and such. I closed my FB account, and I didn't invite them to my twitter account. If you want to talk to me, I'll be on the board.
MySpace was really popular when we first opened-- now hardly anyone uses their MySpace page. I think it ebbs and flows.