Welcome back KitanaFan, it's great to hear from you again!
Also, glad to see you're still lurking around here and championing for DMK, SonyaLover.
I pay the hosting
bills around here and have since our return in 2010. We returned as a full site in 2011 mostly because Dave, Holy Grail, and I had the itch to make DMK great again. #MDGA
And, we really did miss all of you guys.
Holy Grail handles all of the social media (as in our Twitter and Facebook pages) currently and Dave was active on our YouTube channel up to a couple years ago I believe.
Truth be told, like you both said, MKO, Kamidogu, and some of the other "big name" sites are also pretty dead lately. I think the online experience for the typical Mortal Kombat fan end-user has changed dramatically since our success in the 2000s. People want instant gratification and to stay connected via their social media. That's why most people would rather get their news from their Facebook or Twtiter feeds. And yeah, Reddit seems to be dominating the online discussion market. To be successful in 2017, you need to have a real "omni-channel" experience for your end-users.
I also think a lot of the newer generation doesn't have the same attachments to forums and probably view them as a bit antiquated to be honest. Long story short: end-users simply won't flock to DMK for news or discussion on our forums anymore, so we just really haven't put an emphasis on that stuff lately. I still firmly believe that we have some of the best Game Guides out there, but, that will only pull in a certain amount of traffic.
In 2017 and going forward, we can only be successful by offering original and unique content and giving people a reason to continue coming back to DMK. Podcasts, news analysis, original thought-provoking pieces, etc.
But to be honest, Grail, Dave, and I are all in our 30s now with families, career responsibilities, and/or just other offline interests. I'm in no way using those as excuses for the lack of updates, it's more of a reality that DMK won't always get prioritization in our lives. It also doesn't help that typically there are several years between the release of MK games. If you're not covering Injustice, there's just not a lot of new stuff
to keep you afloat for 4 or so years.
I've contemplated closing the forums (and even the site as whole) down quite a bit over the past year or so. While the monthly hosting fee isn't anything out of this world, its still some more change I can save a month that really has no return on investment for me right now beyond nostalgia purposes. Grail and I in particular talked about monetizing DMK, but, take what I said above having unique content and put that on steroids for us to see a true return on investment there.
What does this all mean for the future of DMK? I'm just not sure. While there are days when I'm ready to pull the trigger and shut DMK down, there are other days when I want to revamp everything, take the site into the future, and bring in tons of new traffic. There's always a possibility Grail, Dave, and I will all get that itch again and we'll be super enthusiastic about making DMK great again.
I hope that helps give you guys some transparency and insight on the state of DMK and I do thank you both for caring about the site, even when it's so dead!