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How to start a new Message Board or Web Forum for MY CITY?

Postby FunkyButt » Tue Apr 20, 2004 8:19 am

Hi all!
I've been working on a new website and forum. It's along the same ideas as this one, but more about decorating and planning retro events. My website is pretty bare right now (need a little more time to work on stuff), but the website's up. Right now there's not many messages (just me really!) but I'm hoping it'll pick up soon. There are seperate threads for each room of the house in addition to threads for events, style, etc.

Basically, I started the forum b/c my husband & I are looking to buy a house soon and we want to decorate with retro ideas thrown in. I thought it'd be a good way to trade ideas or "brag" about your designs. :)


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Postby Futura Girl » Tue Apr 20, 2004 12:07 pm

ohhhh noooooo... don't do it!

Eichler Network, Dwell and Lotta Living all have enough issues driving traffic to our respective forums. More forums on the net is actually NOT a good thing. People don't have the time to check 10 different forums a day - but 1 or 2 well trafficked ones. yes.

Having less forums with more participation is the best thing for the web. That is why I offer this forum to other groups and business owners to use and encourage them to shamelessly promote their websites. Many forums do not allow such free advertising, but I know from my webmastering experience that it keeps the discussion centralized and lively, but the information proprietary to each site. It's win win for everyone.

Please reconsider sending your discussion traffic over here instead. Lotta Living already covers decorating and planning events and I will gladly add more 'specialized forums' as the readership and posting grows.

Do feel free to include posts to drive traffic back to your other web pages - just not to competitive forum pages.

I am sorry if my response does not make you feel welcome - you REALLY are!!! Just start posting your decorating and event planning comments under Mondo Lounge and if we can get enough discussion going - we'll break it up into individualized discussion areas.

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Postby Joe » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:10 am

I need to echo M-M.

While it's fun to have your own space, we need to support what's out there already. I just talked a client out of creating a modernist discussion board because there is not enough traffic to make it worth managing. I hit Dwell, Eichler Network, LiveModern, Fabprefab, and Lotta Living on a regular basis. I would say Dwell and Lotta Living get the most traffic with a whopping 10-12 posts a day. Hardly a traffic jam.

My suggestion is to create a site with content. Then add a blog to express your views and get feedback. Discussion is possible.
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Postby TAK » Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:11 pm

Wow, talk about protecting your self-interest M-M

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Postby L.A.kevin » Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:34 pm

TAK, I dissagree. Do you think that M-M is getting rich off this site? I think M-M's and Joe's comments were spot-on.

A personal site with some links to this one would be great, but the modernist community does itself no good in fracturing. If anything, we need more cohesiveness so something like the Maslon House distruction in Rancho Mirage doesn't happen again.

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:37 pm

In a way TAK is right! I am absolutely protecting my own self interests.

My 'selfish' interests are creating a global discussion which serves to protect and preserve Modernism (which I adore with my soul and my life) in the best way that I know how - to create a community where people can congregate and support each other.

Fracturing discussion does not serve any of our Modern interests. I am actually a bit concerned about the Live Modern community which has soooo many forums it boggles my mind. I wish Gary had started out more slowly, cause I'd really like him to be successful.

Marketing 101 says don't bleed the market dry... Online culture is a relatively new thing - let the early adopters build enough momentum to the point where there is a demand for more unique boards from more suppliers. Otherwise - you just turn people off from the whole idea altogether when they hit 'dead' boards. They think, "This sucks - I posted my question and no one ever even responded to me."

It will happen eventually.... It's happening on the Sci Fi and Disney fan communities and on political and computer geek boards, etc. but we Modern lovers are newer to this sort of thing.

When I first built this board - I built separate forums for Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Miami, etc... (Like Live Modern) but I quickly realized that until there is sufficient demand for separation, it's really important to create cross-pollination between our disparate groups. We need less separation and more preservation unitity!

Ultimately, I'd eventually like to see more linkages between our like-minded communites - kinda like a neighborhood with a bunch of cool clubs. And so you can easily walk from one to another: Dwell and Live Modern are the newer esoteric clubs with chillout tracks, while we here at Lotta Living are the old school party club playing Sinatra. I'm already hooked up with Tiki Central where they're mixing mai Tais to Martin Denny :)

But if there are toooo many clubs before there are enough people to fill them - we all go out of business.

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And no, TAK, in many ways, I am NOT protecting my own self interests. Live Modern is wholely subsidized by a commercial interest - Dwell Magazine. And advertising by members is strictly forbidden on Eichler Network. Marty deletes posts for any real estate listings, etc. unless you pay him cash money ...
Not so at Lotta Living - regular members can advertise their wares and services freely here.

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I have been encouraging people start to sharing more 'living' posts like home decor, collecting, music, cars and entertaining, etc... preserving not only architecture, but a stylish way of life! Anyone who cares about historic architecture generally has these other side shared loves. That's Lotta Living!

Also I've been encouraging folks to share their wares for free here. All in the hopes that the more people who are exposed to presevation along with the other Modern things they love - we get 1 more letter to save that 1 special building. Self centered to the end! Ayn Rand lives!!!

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Thanks to kevin and joe for being regular contributors to the board! I really appreciate your support and comments! It's nice to know someone "gets" it!

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Shame on you TAK :wink: no more martinis for you :P
(BTW folks, TAK is my neighbor/friend Andre - there are no hard feelings.)
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Postby FunkyButt » Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:18 am

i had actually found this site (lottaliving) before i created my forum, but i noticed that most of the online discussions were california-specific. and after looking around a bit, i noticed that there really wasn't anything about sharing ideas about decorating - mostly architecture and preservation. while i find most of it interesting, i wasn't really finding discussions about things i hoped to find - event planning ideas, decorating, living retro (clothing, hair), etc.

if those kinds of threads are added to this site, that would be great! there's already regular traffic here, and i wouldn't have to surf around to get interest in my site. not really a big deal to me since i'm not in it for the money - just want to share ideas and keep modernist living alive.

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Postby Joe » Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:31 am

FunkyButt, have you posted any topics on the boards here before? I think you'll be surprised. There are a number of folks not from SoCal (me included) who stop by regularly. I am in Oregon, restoring a 1955 Cliff May home. As for decorating, I am shooting for 1952-57 modern.

I noticed the swing dance contest link on your post. Last week, I attended the Eugene Ballet's Jitterbug, Jive, and Jazz. While I am not a ballet fan, this was a little different with a big band on stage and the dancers jumped and jived to Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown, while wearing 40s clothes. At times it looked like a Gap commercial! Quite fun. It made me want to bust out my swing music I had when I lived in a 1939 cape cod.

http://www.eugeneballet.org/prod/prod4.html


Now days in my modern ranch it's Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Juan Esquivel, and Deano!

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:02 am

After the recent post about the new P.S. Modcom Forum - which has been sitting idle for a month and seeing the Swank Pad forum - also sitting idle for a long time (except for Swanky's own great posts) I thought I'd bump up this topic.

Running a successful forum takes a lot more work than most folks realize. some board administrators think - build it and they will come, but that's just not how it works.

There are all sorts of issues... Encouraging membership and Driving traffic is practically a full time marketing job for me; then there's keeping software up to date; Keeping it active and interesting; Keeping it spam-free; Maintaining a freindly environment without flame wars; Making sure all the porn and viagra sites don't register their links as members... all takes time and patience and some expertise.

So if you know anyone or any group that is considering creating a new forum on Modernism or related subject matter - please point them to this thread.

Lotta Living is willing to adopt any related group(s) that needs a home to discuss. And we are willing to do the leg work cause we're already doing it. Your group leader would be welcome to participate as a forum moderator if they so desired - and be a part of the vested management of the forum.


We are also interested in expanding our subject matter to include any and all geographic regions and related discussions that our membership might enjoy.

In exchange, we will be happy to provide a high level link back to any group that adopts us (as we already have for Modcom, Recent Past, Portland Modern, Kansas City Modern, Java's Bachelor Pad and Swank Pad radio show). Because Lotta Living has decent standing in the search engines - this linkage is valuable to the sites listed, so it's a win-win situation for everyone involved.
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Postby Tony » Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:28 am

It does seem that a forum requires a critical mass of active participants to thrive. And it's easy to be over optomistic in predicting the number of such for a new forum site.

Take for example the Palm Springs Modern Committee. There is a robust site and a large and very active and committed membership. And there is a huge "buz" about Palm Springs architecture all over the world. So one might think, as we at PSModcom did, that we should have a forum. Wrong. Complete bomb. After months and months: a handful of posts and a lot of spam. So eventually we took it down.

I agree with Futura Girl - rather than trying to create a new forum, spend the energy building a good site with content. Then post frequently at various forums (posts with content that is) to drive visits to your site.

And there are so many forums out there already. I only monitor two, and it would have to be a really good one on a non-overlapping subject for me to add a third.

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:37 pm

i apologize for being an absentee owner for such a long time.
i have had many issues in my personal life that have taken precendence over tending this forum.

i will reiterate my offer to the users here

rather then try to create new forums all over the internet. IF there is enough traffic to support ANY special interest Modernism group - whether geographic or subject matter wise.... i will be happy to entertain making a special new forum to support that traffic and if the member pushing this inititive forward is a member in good standing with good and friendly conduct - they can also be a moderator of that special interest forum...


hipster haven - what is the point of creating your forum? are you looking for...

money? i will warn you forums in general are not money making ventures - more like the opposite. and diluting the message across too many forums makes our preservation power weaker.
advertising? i am happy to let regular posters advertise their businesses here free and clear...
control? friendly, polite and regular posters are often asked to moderate the forums and help guide it along.

please express your needs and perhaps we can address your needs here.
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