This question is for anyone with a blog, a forum, even a web application. If it’s served over HTTP, it’s a web site (or part of one).
I’m getting the impression from being a moderator at WT, that profit is the only reason to create, run, or generally have a web site. The most succinct quote was “This is a webmaster forum – let’s talk about making money!” I have to say, this seems a bit depressing. It’s natural that some web sites should be set up for their owners to profit, and others to raise funds for charity, etc. But it’s a sad idea that all web sites should be made with this in mind. Commercial television has produced stunning winners, but also a mountain of crap with little variety. There’s a lot of crap on the web, but there’s a lot of quality, too, and most of it wouldn’t have ever seen the light of the small screen. The web is more like taking a book out from the library, than watching The Office.
So, for anyone reading my message in a bottle, I’m curious. Why run a web site at all? It takes time, energy, sometimes money. Is it an investment? A way to share thoughts with the world? Are you hoping to become famous? Is it part of a larger portfolio? Knowledge for the people? Something my imagination can’t grasp?
I’d like to take the opportunity to start a blog meme, and enlist the answers of a few specific people. But, please don’t think I’m excluding anyone I’ve forgotten.
- Adam Senour, who hasn’t been seen or heard from.
- Thierry, Euro-genius extraordinaries.
- Dan, who’s forgotten more about web hosting than I’ll ever know, and is the web’s #1 spam killer to boot.
- Dan, who’s blog has an identical theme as the other Dan, but is actually a different person. This particular one does endless charity work, and has a great outlook on life.
- James, who we learned is a celebrity for having challenged the king of DP.
- Forrest, who’s probably too busy to read this.
You can answer on your own site, or here, whichever is convenient.