Why did you start your site? Did you plan it in advance?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by gogoblender, May 13, 2007.

  1. Lunar Raven

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    I created my forum because I wanted to make a community about arts & entertainment..two things I am passionate about. Along with that, half of the forums I've been to were extremely dis-respectful, and completely un-friendly towards newbies. I wanted to make a community where people could come in..talk about interests, and not have to worry about being flames or insulted. While we're only a month old...we have around 50 members..many of who are active. Everyone is also very respectful and helpful, and there's a real sense of community already. It's nice..and I hope to expand make it an even greater community.

    As far as planning..this is the first forum where I actually planned, got some friends to help..and put in content before opening. So far so good.
     
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  2. minstrel

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    It seems like a common theme is having had experience with similar or related forums where something was lacking, forum owners are inspired to create something new and better.
     
  3. dojo

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    All my 14 forums were started in a heart beat. I thought .. "well, let's see what we can do about this topic" and started it. Now I try to stop this since they're too many :D
     
  4. Xief

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    Um. Our forum was first started years ago as a merge between 6 similar fansites, all of which were fairly popular. :) They scrapped all their forums and started a new one.

    I personally took admin position at the site some months ago for... the community. =\ I love them. <3 Yes, that means I didn't actually *want* to (Well, not really); I just felt I had to, in a way, with all the previous problems the site's had. :p
     
  5. ltaylor

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    I started my forum because "I" needed it!. It was time for me to find a way to put my own life in order, and work on obtaining the dozens of goals that I wanted to set for myself. I wanted to do it in a community type atmosphere and have people cheer me on. When I quit smoking, this probably made the difference in obtaining that goal. I love that pumped up feeling of others have expectations of you because you said you would LOL . That inspires me, motivates me and makes me feel I have no choice but to reach my goals.

    After a lot of browsing I found nothing that I envisioned in the way of a community. So I created it myself. Having graphic, art, computer and web hosting experience, it was right up my alley of passions to create it exactly the way I wanted it be and envisioned it to be.

    So, I really did it for me knowing that there MUST be a million others who would love the same community or service.

    Yes, I did do research. But not too much because I had it all planned in my head long before I started to develop my forum. I knew what i wanted and just went for the gutso.
     
  6. JasonSGN

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    I've always been interested in online communities and even ran a 2-node Wildcat BBS in the early 90's. The internet has made things much easier since then.
     
  7. webigail

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    What made you start your forum?

    I'm just curious, what made you all start your forums?

    Was it a topic that you're passionate about, money, or something entirely different?

    For me, I started out loving to fiddle with code, tweak, and then I found a subject that I happen to love and never bore of it...dogs. So, just curious, what made you start yours?
     
  8. gogoblender

    gogoblender shiny happy pantless

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  9. webigail

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    Feeling like I took the little yellow bus to school :lol:

    Thanks gogo!
     
  10. webigail

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    I started my first site, which started as a means for me to fiddle with code. Then I just kept "playing" with forums, but realized after reading here, that my forums failed to have success, due to not having a main topic.

    Finally, I figured out that I need to pick a subject, one that I find interesting and stick with that topic. However, my latest venture was the result of being a member of a similar site. I found that some of the members were critical of new people, with genuine interest in the topic and decided to try to venture out on my own.
     
  11. Mastermind779

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    Well, a while back I joined a pranking forum and learned some minor chemistry stuff from them which caused me to have a newfound interest in Science. Eventually, I didn't like how little most of them knew because I was having to go elsewhere to get anyone to explain what they were talking about. So one morning at 6am, I was bored, I stumbled across a free host, and my first forum was born.
     
  12. djjeffa

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    I made mine cause there was nothing else to do that night lol
    I use to mod cell phones and pepole always asked how to do it.
    I had a lil site on free hosting with my isp but when i started going over my bw I got donations and got a legit hosting plan that was 3 years ago now look at us www.djjeffa.com
     
  13. Calash

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    Mine was not even a forum at first, just a place to post my personal stories. That explains the name :). After a while I got a few emails asking to post some other works, which I did by hand on static HTML pages.

    After a while of doing that I shifted to using storytime, and at that point I added a message board (ikonboard). Lost everything during a migration and started fresh using IPB 1.3 and eFiction. At this point I opened it up to everybody, but kept my stories as the primary focus.

    A few years later and I shifted the purpose of the site, focusing on Fantasy and Science Fiction while maintaining a place for my own works. Since then it has grown into what I have today :)
     
  14. SoulRiser

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    Mine was all sort of by accident. I started ranting about school on a regular basis, so I made a site for it... and people sent me feedback... and it kept on growing. A few years later I added forums... just because I figured it'd be a cool thing to have. I had no idea people planned these things. It all sort of just happened :)