Hey Jon and welcome to the site and thanks for joining.
That is a fair enough question and I'll do my best to answer it.
When I was in college I worked for a painting company doing power washing and repaints to make enough money to get through school and get married. I worked for a guy named Jud who taught me most of what I know about the industry and he gave me a tone of great insight.
After college I went into the tech industry but quickly found that the job I had done in college to get through college had turned into a passion. My problem however was that I didn't know how to start a business, how to market myself, or how to estimate.
After doing a little bit of searching online I found a painting forum and in a few short months I found all the info I could ever need. It was amazing how helpful this forum for painters was. I also surfed around a few other forums for other trades such as landscaping, roofing, etc... What I found was very interesting. About 50% of the knowledge on the site was trade specific such as talking about paint brands, application techniques, and so on. But the other 50% of the knowledge was the same between all the sites. Everyone was talking about what flyer was working, online leads, and so on.
After seeing how similar the topics between all the trades were I decided to start a forum that would bring all the trades together. The goal was to have shared forums for business, marketing, tech, etc.. but then individual forums for the specific trades. So you could still talk with your trade buddies but benefit from having more input on the business end. The result was www.ContractorTalk.com
which was started about 2 1/2 years ago and has been a huge success.
I have since shut down my painting business and have taken a desk job so I can focus on my websites. ContractorTalk.com gets over 5,000 unique people on it every day and it takes a lot of effort to keep it running as well as it does.
Anyways, about 6 months ago I got the idea to try and do the same thing for the Cleaning and Restoration industry that I had done for the Construction and Remodeling industry. Create a forum where all the different cleaning trades could come together and share business, marketing, and other general conversations but then have individual forums so you can focus on your trade such as power washing, residential house cleaning, etc...
So far I think this site has been a huge success and I believe in time you will see the benefit of this system.
I'm not sure if that answers your question or not. I'm not just a guy who starts tons of forums for fun. I've worked in the trades, owned trade related companies, and have even worked as a construction manager for a large national homebuilder. I believe in bringing the trades together and making them stronger as a whole.
I'm open to answer any questions you guys may have about me or my background.