Originally Posted by newmark
Interesting. From this, it sounds like having a forum won't help a website grow. Do you think this is true?
If all you have is a forum and you're able to build traffic to it, maybe, but it's a very labor intensive way to build traffic. I think I'd probably have more traffic now if I never launched the forums.
If you look at the blog archives, you can see that my blogging frequency decreased noticeably after the forums launched in Nov 2006. That's because forum management and participation offset some of my blogging time.
On the other hand, the forums also helped me gain many new ideas for blog posts that I might otherwise never have written.