I built myself an economy portal this morning on a dirt island.
Everything was according to spec for the economy model.
Once I finished, I stood back and admired my handiwork for a moment and then lit the sucker up. Immediately there was a purple flash in the portal and noises. Lots of scary freaky sounds coming from inside. I took a deep breath and stepped through ready to see a new world ready for my hands to destroy. What I saw instead was a view of my lake from the other side of the portal. It hadn't taken me anywhere. I turned around and stepped through again thinking that maybe I could only enter it from one side and still nothing. I tried a few more times and stayed just where I began.
I have not installed any mods. I did however have a weird glitch where portions of my chunks did not mesh themselves properly with the neighbouring chunks. I do not know if these are related.
Does anyone have any ideas that I can try to get it working? I have checked many forum posts and have not yet come across a problem similar to mine. Most problems have to do with the portal being created incorrectly. I am pretty sure that is not my problem.
*facepalm*...Damn... something so simple. Don't I just feel stupid now. It just seemed so much like a portal to be run through that I didn't think of being patient.
Now I have to wait until I get home to try it out. Unless I get a few minutes unattended at work that is.
Thank you both for answering my question so quickly.
EDIT: I was able to load it up for a few minutes. I stood in the portal as instructed and took my first trip tp the nether no problem. I did a quick run around and found a cooked piece of pork laying on the ground as well as getting shot at by those floating things. (Can't remember their name right now and don't have time to search). Thank you very much for your help. I hope this helps others that may be as overzealous as I was in getting to the Nether. Case closed.