In two days' time, I will be posting a DoE of an alliance that minus the important contributions of a dear friend of mine is the work of my sweat and blood. I do have to say it's been a metric ton of work to get IRC activity, recruit, make forums, a charter, a flag, and a protectorate, but there's a flipside to all this. Starting an alliance on CN is one of the most rewarding things one can do, provided that they make something they're genuinely interested in and willing to pursue to the sometimes bitter end.
There has been a popular thread that we've all seen about how there are too many alliances and many should just off themselves in the name of the common good. However, I disagree strongly. All these alliances make at least one person very happy and fulfilled at a very important level. Ultimately, CN is about self-actualization- trying to achieve great things with only our wits and some pixels thrown in for spice.
I encourage people thinking about starting their own alliance to go ahead and dive in. It's definitely worth it.