So lately, I've noticed that I work too darn much on my forum: implementing new ideas (which seem to multiply like rabbits. that maybe a good thing not sure yet, LOL) and forum maintenance but barely any time going out into the promo field.
I was wondering how do you admins balance forum promotion with forum maintenance? Do you have any tips? I need to figure out a balance so I can actually start focusing on acquiring members. My forum is a young buck, LOL!
jajabad, I've been there. I would say the obvious - it's a LOT easier if you have people to help. Moderators, or even advertisers. One position that I had on another forum was even "Creative Writers" that's basically just a pretty name for people who help with coming up with forum-wide storyline ideas. But if it's just you, I would say maybe make a deal with yourself. Make a list of the things that you need to do idea/maint. wise and then complete a few of them and take a break to advertise. If you can find people to help with certain things, maybe friends on other forums, people you trust etc. I would really recommend that, just be careful with what powers you give etc. Unfortunately I see a lot of people who are main admins on their forums on Proboards support asking the admins there to restore their account because it was deleted by another staff member. So especially with the critical powers be careful, but other than that..it takes a lot of the stress off. I've actually lost muse for a forum in the past because it was just me doing everything, and especially when you start gaining a lot of members, it can be really hard. Sorry for rambling, I hope this helps! Goodluck on your forum!!
Post by ö Lady Kai on Oct 31, 2014 15:37:27 GMT -8
jajabad, I agree completely with Tracy. Having someone else to help you out really makes a big difference. I usually never start a forum without at least one more person to help. That being said, I only start with real life friends or my best online buddies (specifically skylark's folly, because she's an amazing friend ), because I don't want a shadow of a doubt that I can trust them.
Another good resource, especially for new forums - not sure it's still offered but I'd look into it - is RPG-D's members used to have this thing where they advertised for you, helped you with forum maintenance, and roleplayed on your forum to make it look active (sometimes if they like the site they even stick around!) until you get a few members, and then they do one final check-in after a few weeks. It just really helps you get started, then you can personally search for mods/advertisers/admins on the forum through the members.