So, the story goes that for a while i've been developing amateur based websites usually for reviewing games, movies etc. It all started off many years ago when I made a small web magazine with a group of people called The Review. It. Was. Terrible. Well it wasn't totally terrible, but certainly you wouldn't want to read it. Poor font choice, poor writing, reviews etc. In the end It was really just a test to see whether I could do it, what I could do with the tools to hand etc.
Years later I made another magazine called High Game. This one was a bit more successful, albeit only 2 issues were released on the web. Of that we managed about 20,000 odd hits, so it was pretty good. We managed to create something really astounding and neat, but the problem was it took massive amounts of time to develop it, so we really couldn't continue doing it anymore (a 2nd issue took 6 months of development time from the first due to design, writing and content constraints).
Needless to say though the spirit of High Game lived on and I tried out a couple of new things with it before finally putting it into hiatus due to money problems about 2 years ago. About a year ago however at another forum I visit the admin of that place asked me If i wanted to try it again for his website. Now, his website is in dire need of a redesign. It's barely used (hell even the forumites that exist there probably don't realise there's a main website to the place) and badly designed. The idea was that I go along, make a new website attached to the main page, and develop a magazine like structured reviewing website again.
So far so good and you can see the progress in my sig link, but there's a problem. In my opinion the forumites of the place in question are NOT interested in the slightest. We have a couple of people who are helpful and sometimes contribute, but the rest don't seem to show any real sort of interest. The result is that no real word of mouth is occuring with our website plan to get us out there, so we're stuck getting very few hits.
Now of course there are other factors as well; for starters we're still not the main page, we're a sub page to the main one and as such we still don't have the www. to us. I've tried explaining this to the head guy but it falls either on deaf ears, or ears that listen but don't do anything. There's also other problems in that we've been trying to add news to the page in question, but the page isn't capable of doing that many things without making it muddled up. Finally i'm beginning to think the page design isn't really good and needs a totally new redesign that updates more often.
I've tried explaining this to the higher uppers but nothing gets done, and i'm gradually getting tired of this. What i'm also getting tired of however is the communities total uninterest in the website. This has culminated in a breaking point yesterday and today where a person who has another website has been posting in the forum links to his opinion to his website.
Now, i've always seen it as a unwritten rule of forums that you don't pimp unless A: You contribute to the forum in a regular basis with full contributions or B: you asked for prior permission from the moderators/admin if you can perform a quick pimp. So needless to say i've been rather annoyed at this person who has contributed absolutely nothing to the forum but continues to pimp his work. I point out this, saying that he is failing to really contribute anything to the place, and in return I get grief from, you guessed it, the people who don't really care about our website.
It's important to understand that for a good while I have been developing small websites or ideas for things. I used to get teased about it in high school, but as I saw it, it was good to have a plan. I like developing projects or ideas as it gets my mind thinking, even if I've yet to find a successful plan. So when i'm trying to make a good website for a forum and am met with resistance by forum members over being slightly miffed by the knowledge that a member of the place has been doing nothing but linking his opinions to his own website, I get somewhat miffed. I'm spending my time trying to develop something for this place and I get in return snide comments or resistance. Now ok, there are a good couple who are impressed, but many of them seem to be contributors rather than just actual followers.
It's like this forum is high school all over again; you're that crazy kid that's always trying to come up with new ideas when you should just relax and be monotonous and uncaring like the rest of them. Similarly though, to link all the way back to the crux of this thread, i'm wondering if i'm trying to hard. I'm wondering whether i'm getting angry because i'm trying to hard to make something work. I'm also wondering whether i'm trying to raise an already sunk boat.
There's always going to be some people on any forum who won't be interested, whether it's due to opinion or taste or they just don't like you. The problem is I feel that this forum has too much of that, and it's starting to weigh me down. I'd figure i'd ask an outside group what they think. Is it really a case that I'm just trying to hard to make something work and I should relax, or should I get out there and do it more and screw what they think?
I'm just looking for advice really on whether I should keep going on this place or give in a try it elsewhere.