sometimes i think there are only two viable approaches to writing blogs.. one is if you just say F it and don't ever worry about getting readers, and mainly just write for yourself, and pretend in your mind you have millions of viewers and try to not even look at the hit counts, etc. and the other way is to actively try to get readers and engage them, which can sometimes seem like a very frustrating process. surely there must be some good middle ground approaches but that's just my gut level feeling. im not sure which approach is better. my experience with DC is that if you want participation you have to really work at encouraging it until it reaches some threshold of participans and then it mostly becomes automatic.. but until that threshold of participation is reached no one really wants to be the only one talking.
I recently opened (or rather registered) for a free forum service and while I'm already pming someone about this issue and the forum itself doesn't have a wide net of subject that can apply to most everyone...it is a general forum open to everyone but with a particular slant towards Hikikomories (my niche if you may...sorry if I keep stating this term, I don't think lots of people read my posts)
Two other points I'm sorry of:
I didn't mean to avoid searching the forum before posting this I just didn't know what terms to search for. I already have the One Year Report linked bookmarked. I just haven't gotten the time to read it yet.
I'm sorry if this comes off like indirectly spamming the forum I hope the lack of forum link shows my sincerity and really I just wanted to use this as background for this post and I am truly interested in the history of DC and not so much gaining random member numbers to the forum. I really am not interested in the member count as much as encouraging a community to participate and share their posts and no I doubt, I have silent readers. Maybe silent spammers who occassionally spam the anonymous board but I doubt I have any silent readers and I don't plan to copy everything DC does. In fact, I want to educate myself so that I can pave my own path for the forum rather than be forced to copy an advertising methodology. Even from my niche, there are already forums well suited for most English speaking people who call themselves Hikikomories. I just wanted to create a [temporary] forum for those few who feel alienated/left out/outsiders in the other Hiki forums/boards and DC has pretty much been the only forum I've been active in lately.