Back in July I talked about tackling a larger project then the links directory. While the directory was an interesting venture, I thought I would take on the task of building a forum or community. While it took a couple of weeks to purchase the domain I wanted, the actual setting up of the site went relatively smoothly. Of course the hard part only started once the site went live, since a forum lives or dies by its membership. Forums require constant monitoring to make sure that people are not joining just to spam other members with ads for Viagra and the likes. I have had to ban 6 new signups already due to spam. Even as I launched the site, I was thinking of additional ideas for the site in order to attract more members, as I am hoping to grow the forum. Currently the site is just over a month old, and already has 70 members.
I now have a way greater appreciation of what it takes to setup and run a forum. It cost way more then I thought it would to get the project this size off the ground, and I am not sure that I will be able to monetize the forum for at least a year so there is no way to recoup the money at least not in the short run, but in the long run, I think the forum will pay dividends. In the meantime, I will wait and see.