I understand about getting things going. My own forum was designed as a discussion forum for clients, but I realized that my clientele (mostly low-info users, mostly seniors) simply don't have the expertise to use any kind of forum.
At the same time, I mostly checked out of Twitter and Mastodon. I didn't particularly like their models, and wasn't getting any social engagement. That was fine earlier, as I prefer having actual social interaction with folks in the real world - but thanks to the pandemic, I have not been able to get out and socialize. I'm an extroverted person, so this is a difficult time for me.
So I've mostly been pushing my forum as a general social media site. I have graphics and "flair" that folks can decorate their profiles with, I have a group that members can join which hides the technical forums, and so on. I only have about 20 users, but I guess that is okay - I'd rather have a few friends who I can talk to than a whole lot of folks who I don't necessarily relate to. I've been up for about three months (not counting a bunch of time when my hosting company screwed up my site; I changed companies) and I have almost 900 posts in all.
I'm just trying to be persistent and take advantage of opportunities. For example, when we started discussing an online radio station in my Music forum, I sent an email to the station letting them know; one of the DJs showed up and joined the forums.
Having new users - especially those I don't have to explain the forums to! - would certainly be welcome, of course. We're at [removed] (I'm based in Columbia; that's the answer to the registration question.)
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