Sunday, 15 May 2011

When communities die


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fish[2]I like to think that we here at questhard have got a nice amount of content going up onto the site. Me and Hex aim to get at least a couple of pieces up each a week, to keep people coming back. And we know people come to our site and look at our sites (Google tells us, they are always watching). So despite the fact that a few more comments wouldn’t go amiss we are pretty happy with questhard.
One of the reasons that we set up questhard in the first place was because we were on a series of gaming communities, all of which died off/failed, Gax being the most prominent one in my mind. So we decided to have a place of our own, and we set up questhard (I will be honest I leave the majority of the internet magic working to hex). Now having seen this other communities go through there death in a slow creeping way, I wonder how I can prevent that from happening to Questhard.
The obvious answer is to keep doing what I am now, blog away, and perhaps encourage others to do the same. humm I am not exactly sure where I am going with this. I guess what I am saying is that if you find a place you are happy on the internet, then you should cherish it because there is a good chance it won’t last. The internet is mercurial at best and people come and go, and sometime you will go to a former loved community to find that there are literally only 2 people on the sites and everybody else has wandered off.
I think that is why I love questhard, because we have largely forgone the community and it is just a me and hex love in. While we appreciate our contributors but should they move on, we will still be there expressing our crazy opinions on games, society, our lives, and of course biscuits.

2 comments:

Laird Hex said...

1) biscuits are important
2) excellent use of the word mercurial

Roger Edwards said...

About 18 months ago there was a boom of LOTRO related websites, blogs and podcasts. Many of these have now fallen by the wayside. Only last week MMORSEL announced they would no longer being covering the game. The writers had moved on.

This ebb and flow within the communities simply seems to reflect the fickle nature of many gamers. We are somewhat disposed towards a herd mentality at times and will gravitate towards whatever is perceived as "the next big thing".

I'm going to be sticking with my blog for a while, as I am working to towards several goals and have a sort of game plan. It can be quite hard to build up a audience and the key seems to be to provide regular and hopefully useful content. People like to find information on the things that they like in one place. They also like to have some sort of personal rapport with the sites.

Makes you wonder exactly how much of the "Blogosphere" is old content that has been abandoned by its writers to wither on the vine. Perhaps this reflects the transient nature of gaming per se.