In the last month or so i have felt that same urge to upgrade Diet Justice for a second time. The problem is, i am scared that making a move to another platform will cause me to lose readers. Its that annoying attitude you see on programs like Kitchen Nightmares; i'm not making 'money' but i am too scared to make big changes for fear of losing those few customers i have. I think i know what i need to do, overcome the fear and hope for the best.
Diet Justice 3.0, as it will be called, will be both a blog and a community. If i was to be moving from blog to blog, i wouldn't be too worried...its the community aspect that concerns me.
I cant rely on a 'build it and they will come' attitude because that is simply not the case. Although i have 5 or 6 really loyal readers, they don't owe me anything. To get them, and anyone else, to join the community i have to offer them a number of things;
- High quality content
- Content relevant to their interests
- Regular content additions
- Original content
- A platform that is easy to use
- Likeable authors
- Discussion forum
- Download archive
- Link database
- Documentary index
- Networking opportunities
Having created an intuitive layout and maintained the factors from list one the real challenge starts. I have some great chats on twitter, and i've met some amazing people. The problem with twitter is that it is the fastest and easiest method of communication and requires little attention. Why would anyone want to spend time using a discussion forum? With twitter as competition, can i ever really build a successful online community?
This is the question i just cant answer. I must take the plunge, do my best, and hope that i can offer something that twitter doesn't...whatever that may be.
Want to see DJ 3.0? Feel free to preview it, register an account, and give me feedback using the support tickets, http://www.dietjustice.net