Running a forum is not quite what you think.
by, 8 Feb 2009 at @ 21.25 (1199 Views)
Having been running a forum now for 6 months I just want to make it clear to those who think "I might set one up".
It's not as easy as it looks...you spend a hell of your time messing around in the admin section - and if you are new to it (like I was) it becomes even harder. How many hours I spent trying to figure something out, then realising that it's all because of one button!
You get stressed, I actually spent hours just bashing my head on the desk, ****ing everyone off on MSN cos I was in a bad mood - getting sad members who register over 20 profiles just to abuse - I've been there. Funny, he was always on an IP with the same first numbers. We figured out it was a university IP, and reported him! So lets hope he gets banned from thier PCs or something eh?
But it's all worthwhile, when 2 guys contact you, wanting to buy the forum but keep you on board, offering a good sum of money and lots of experience.
I've celebreated by setting up a brand new forum adventure with some friends, although I think I might treat myself to a nice ice cream when I am next in town!
The forum is FM Style - the new owners are having a custom theme designed - something I could not afford and I can't wait to see the end result!
It was hard though, I was abused on MSN to the point where I didn't want to go on, had sleepless nights and nearly just packed it all in. But then I realised, it was just a select few - most members stood by me and now we can only go up :D