My partner and I started our own Q&A community for filmmakers. I realize this kind of community is not gigantic but there are a lot of sites out there servicing the needs of this type of community; such as filmmakers.com, indietalk.com, indieclub.com and the list really does go on. Also, none of them are "Q&A" sites. They tend to be traditional forums or blog/article based.
We have started seeding the site. We have a twitter account and a Facebook page as of last week. We are about to start developing Facebook integration apps and have been tweaking the UI based on usability tests done on our demographic. As far as marketing goes we are advertising on Facebook and Stumbleupon. However, I am not a marketer. I am a developer by trade. I really have know what I'm doing. I would hire a marketer if I still had a dime to my name. It's a sad day when you can no longer boot strap because you sold the boots.
We "launched" about two months ago, get about 250 page views a day and there have been a few users to join and contribute. I've always wanted to start my own company and I am hopeful that this is a modest step in the right direction. We have had some progress but I am wondering if it is enough. Of course I would like to see more progress but am I asking for too much too soon? When do I know if I have misjudged the market and I need to move on? Am I too focused in one direction and not focused enough in another? Should I go ahead and start trying to find a VC?
I have attempted to start something like this several times now and this is the farthest I have ever gotten. Any advice at all would be much appreciated.