So, I had to restart my community over

So, I got into some legal trouble last year - and I couldn’t get ahold of anyone online through the system, so when I got released, my whole community was gone - I had to get the domain renewed, get hosting, and implement SMF.

Well, we came back on January 21, 2011, and so far, we haven’t been back for a month yet and have the following stats:

Threads 801 Posts 5,082 Members 297

Old stats[as I remember):
70k and 3k members

I know what you’re saying “How, cpvr?” Well, not only did I promote on various web communities through forum signatures - I also did various post exchanges, and opened my community up a few topics, and a few forums. Not only, do we have 3 major competitors (mind you, we never had any before), we’re fighting back to the top - and I believe I still got in it, because once, a forum owner, webmaster, internet marketer, and having knowledge of SEO - you’ll learn to battle your way to the top, no matter what type of struggles that you may face - or go through, to become a better person.

So, has anyone had to do this before? If so, were you able to bounce back and turn your community into a thriving place again?

I wouldn’t say start a community because I never owned a forum or created one myself. I’m quite happy and content with participating and playing and helping others. But communities need lots of care and attention, and there are a few things that also need my attention.

But yes, I know about re-building a business. The first time, it was because I was stupid. I had a growing affiliate business that was going well just for sheer luck… so I thought that if I could plan it well it would do much better… so I stopped it to do it well… and that’s the worst thing I could have done.

The second time is right now. I didn’t take care of my business as it should so now I have to do it all over again :slight_smile:

But yes, I know about re-building a business. The first time, it was because I was stupid. I had a growing affiliate business that was going well just for sheer luck… so I thought that if I could plan it well it would do much better… so I stopped it to do it well… and that’s the worst thing I could have done.

The second time is right now. I didn’t take care of my business as it should so now I have to do it all over again

Ya, sometime giving up is the worse part - especially if you let other projects took over your time.

It was more like personal stuff.

I find that building a community is much harder than creating a business. A community needs to be vibrant and lively if you want people to join… but to have that you need a good number of active users! It is a never ending story :slight_smile:

Ya, I know. That’s why I restarted my community so that I could build a fun and friendly place.