What Kinds of Things Am I Looking For?
The list of projects I've had bounce around in my head for the last week is lengthy. I feel that I'm off the mark, that something isn't clicking right with these, and that they don't feel right. Among the projects are three major -- and possibly successful -- ideas.
First, create a new World of Warcraft based website with broader discussion, perhaps involving raiding or perhaps involving other classes. This would be tied to TankSpot and most likely integrated. However, this may be a situation of coming into the game too late -- we won't be a World of Raids or Elitist Jerks, and it's hard to find another niche we could actively cover.
Second, development of a Tabula Rasa community website. Chances are you aren't too interested in this as a reader, which is where the issue lies -- I have very little community capital that can actually be transferred to another game. One of the biggest hurdles in creating a community is getting initial activity rolling with it. Even though the timing is perfect -- Tabula, a great game, just released last Friday -- my ability to execute it is not. Stratics and TenTonHammer may just make it too difficult to execute.
Third, development of the forum RPG. This is another difficult one, because I believe it has a lot of potential, but it also has a few programming hurdles which I need to enlist the help of others to finish. However, the RPG project has potential for helping to build a new community which would both be tied to TankSpot and separate of it. This would need your support and activity once it goes live.
These are only three ideas. I've bounced off a dozen other ideas in my head that I felt were too niche to be successful under any circumstance.
The Mental Hurdle
For me, making decisions with a purpose of financial gain doesn't settle right. It's the reason my work is voluntary and ad-free and, when necessary, run on donations.
I need to feel that I love the project I'm working on, regardless of what I choose to do. It needs to be for the right reason or it won't be worth it. But I also need to be shrewd about the next project from a financial perspective, and that's entirely new ground to me.
How Can You Help?
I need your ideas. I need your inspiration. I need your thoughts. I need whatever you can offer that will point me in a direction where I can say, "maybe this is the right thing." It certainly doesn't have to be any of what I suggested earlier.
I need your support in my next project. Regardless of whether you are a visitor or an active member, I want you to help me build that community if you feel it's worth it. I need you to realize that I will be tackling the project for the right reasons, and will treat it as I've treated TankSpot.
What's the right idea? What's the right direction? What should you suggest? How about something you would enjoy visiting and taking part in.
Patrick O'Callahan "Ciderhelm"