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.