The truth about starting a new blog/forum/website!
Everyone wants to have a successful website and be sitting back on the beach drinking paniculata. But the simple truth is not everyone is going to make it big like that. And guess what there is nothing wrong with that because 90%+ of the websites on the internet don't make a dime. And not making money doesn't mean you're a failure, as long as your doing to the best of your ability and you enjoy what you're doing then I would say that you are having a successful website.
Where I see a lot of people making mistakes is the employ the "Feild Of Dreams" motto. "If you build it they will come!' And that the furthest thing from the truth. I have honestly seen a guy spend $80k on paid posting and advertising for his forum. And as soon as he stopped putting money into his website it died in a month. So that just goes to show you no matter how much money you throw ar something your not always going to have success.
And on the other end of the spectrum, I saw a forum start out without putting any money into it and grow to 1 million posts in two years. And there is no rhyme or reason or some secret info to have that kind of success. Because if there were everyone under the sun would have 1 million posts on their forum.
So in closing, if you're making a website to make money from it, your doing it wrong. If you're making a website because you're passionate about it and if it does make money then great. But whatever you do don't go throwing a bunch of money into a website in hopes of striking it rich, because more than likely you're going to be disappointed.