The End of AWMDB?Lately it has got to the point where I'm getting very little satisfaction out of running AWMDB. I am the one and only person that keeps the site going, updates it, designs and develops it etc and my motivation is fading fast which could lead to me calling time on the project at the end of the year...
I first launched AWMDB in late 2006, it was massively limited appearing on a sub-domain of a free host with just lists of sites for a couple of hundred stars. On Janury 10th 2007, I purchased and registered the domain awmdb.com and some hosting and launched the site officially while designing a fresh look and as time went by added new features and a couple of new designs to come to what we have today.
There really is nothing like AWMDB out there on the web with the level of depth that my site offers in information on web-based scenes. The closest is PornstarWebography which had purely text lists but hasn't been updated in a couple of years, then there's the excellent EuroBabeIndex but there is again just a list of websites for (mainly) Eastern European girls and there's Search Extreme which has models from other areas of the world (US, Western Europe) but is out of date with no recent girls such as Tanner Mayes, Kara Novak and many others. IAFD and Freeones offers links to web galleries but no actual information on web scenes.
AWMDB is very different, I keep it as up to date as possible (as much as 1 person can) with almost 3,500 girls (new and old), over 435 websites and over 30,500 scenes with intricate details of what is in the scene with more being added every week.
This is what adds to my disappointment at seeing AWMDB performing as badly as it does and why I feel the hard work I've put in over the past 3 years has not seen the site grow as much as I'd like. Despite my attempts to build a site which will encourage user input with forums, the ability to comment on websites and blog posts etc there is no community at all. I've offered incentives to get involved such as a month's free access to an adult site for people getting involved. Some people have tried to get forum threads going only to give up when nobody else gets involved.
It's all very disheartening when you've put in so much work and time only to see the site going nowhere and visitors not looking to get involved or help the site grow, especially when there's nothing like it on the web, instead the only emails I get are usually ones criticising various things but unwilling to help me with suggestions to improve it such as a recent one where I was told the site was (and I quote) "a load of shit and waste of time" because I didn't have a full and up to date listing for a certain pornstar. After emailing back explaining that I am the only person that works on the site and therefore can't keep every star fully up to date with 100s of new scenes per week with additional girls and sites to add - I got a reply back saying (and I quote again) "do I give a f***, your site is shit". That really makes you feel like the work you put in is worth it (!)
I've tried to get additional relevant content by contacting pornstars themselves to set up interviews and blog posts but without going into it to much I'd get more joy pulling my finger nails with pliers.
To cut this overly long and boring story short, AWMDB may close down for good on it's third 'birthday' on January 10th, 2010 and that will likely lead to the removal of the website and all the data due to the costs involved. For the amount of work I put in every week there's is minimal reward, any money the site makes just about covers the hosting and bandwidth bills (and awmdb.com uses a hell of a lot of bandwidth due to the size of the database and the work it has to do with the many pornstar,site and scene details among other things such as galleries, the blog etc).
The site just isn't fun to work on anymore and that has a major impact on the motivation to keep it going and work on it. It's also getting very little visitors when compared to how much work I put in and how much I had hoped it would. A big problem is the lack of an AWMDB 'community' and in terms of US-based visitors less than sites such as maple-trees.com! It's all getting very tiresome and frustrating and feels like despite my best efforts and hard work I'm banging my head against a brick wall.
I hope this changes over the next few months and I re-find the desire and motivation to put in the many hours it takes to keep this site running, updated etc - at the moment the future of AWMDB is not bright - it feels like 3 wasted years and I'm not in a position currently where I feel another year let alone 3 will be worth my time.
If you read this far without getting bored and quitting thank you for sitting through my whining :)
UPDATES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL A DECISION IS MADE IN JANUARY
Posted: 12th Sep 2009, 05:08am, Viewed 4082 Times