Birthday cheers and feedback

by Martin Reed on 15 August 2007 in Snippets

Birthday cake

Well today is my birthday so I decided to treat myself with a day off from blogging! I don’t want you readers to do any slacking, though!

Do you run an online community? Do you feel it is stuck in a rut? Is it growing out of control? Do you want any specific advice about your forum?

On this blog, I tend to write about the things that troubled me as I was learning my way around developing an online community, as well as general articles I feel would be beneficial to this blog’s audience. The issues I came across may not be the same as the ones you encounter and experience, though – so I want your feedback.

Please leave a comment telling me what type of articles you liked, what types of articles you disliked and what you want to see more of. Give me ideas for future articles you want to read, advise me of the issues that concern you, ask me specific questions … inspire me!

I look forward to seeing some feedback when I return; this is your chance to get some advice specific to your situation and to focus this blog on addressing issues that concern you.

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Dave August 15, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Happy birthday, keep up the great work!

Wally August 15, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Happy birthday!

Skellie August 15, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you… :)

I’d love to read a post on why bloggers should add forums to their blogs, and how this can be done well — if that’s something that interests you.

Sutocu August 15, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Happy birthday! :D

I’d like information on free/cheap ways of creating a discussion forum for a website. Also, if you could tell your experiences on how much bandwidth forums usually take, I’d appreciate it.

Justin August 15, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Happy Birthday!

I’m intrested in the forum building aspect of your blogs. It’s the reason I stay, so keep up the great blogs. ;)

James August 16, 2007 at 2:22 pm


I thought i would wish you a happy birthday. I know its a little late but its better than never. Mine was last week.

- James

Shane August 17, 2007 at 6:28 am

HB Martin! Don’t eat too much cake.

Biddy August 17, 2007 at 8:10 am

Happy birthday!

Martin Reed - Blog Author August 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, and especially to those that took the time to offer some feedback for future articles.

My birthday may have passed, but my thirst for feedback and continued inspiration hasn’t – if you want to see an article on a specific topic, then please let me know by leaving a comment here (or on any other article), or by contacting me.

Dee Barizo August 18, 2007 at 2:15 am

I’d like to see articles on how to increase forum members and blog RSS subscribers.

Also, happy belated birthday! Mine was on August 13 :)

Dirk Witze August 19, 2007 at 11:04 am

Happy birthday.

Smiley August 19, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Happy birthday, Martin! Had a good one? Plenty of ales down thee?

As for feedback, I think you do a good enough job as it is. It’s just interesting reading how you dealt with the problems that all new community developers face.

I’ve not much time these days for the net (new girlfriend.. doesn’t exactly like me staying in chatting on the computer all night ignoring her !!) so when I do get on I spend it at my site with the few loyal regulars.

It’s really hard getting a new community off the ground. I never realized just how hard until I tried for myself.

The one thing I’m looking for right now is… how to get found without resorting to spamming (and without having to spend hundreds of ús a week on Google Adwords).

I feel bad for the regulars, they have to be as patient as I do when it comes to just sticking it out until we’re found on search engines.

Sara August 19, 2007 at 9:09 pm

Happy belated! I’m late to my party because I’ve been busy trying to grow my community. Thanks for all of the great tips you have posted. You have so much to offer and you do a great job at explaining things. Something I would like to learn more about our premium memberships and how you can make it worthwhile to your members to subscribe to such a thing. I’m not trying to make a killing off my site, but I’ve already spend about $1500 on the site and would like to be able to help pay for more things to improve the community.

Simon Brown March 24, 2008 at 2:37 am

I know this is very old, but what about incentives for users to register?