So, at least from a quick poll, it looks like people like the idea of the site being the current forum + more content. Which just means we need… more content.
I’m going to setup a general content system with a fancy front-end shortly, and integrate it a bit with the forum - so articles will sit on www.thefanpub.com and the forum will still be at forum.thefanpub.com but comments on articles can use the forum software and I’ll try to keep it pretty integrated. But with user groups and such, people can still retain privacy controls for things they’d prefer to be seen only by select circles.
There should be more to it than just articles (and podcasts perhaps?), for starters organising more events for UK NFL fans would be cool too, so that should be something else we can include in the site. Ideally having it all quite user-driven, but we need to make it a place users want to come to first.
So with articles in mind - is anyone up for writing some regular articles for the site? Focused primarily around fantasy football, with some other topics also fitting the general theme (NFL, NFL in the UK, daily fantasy, NFL gambling). By regular I mean as much as you want, but ideally monthly, fortnightly or weekly.
Someone might want to take ownership of certain regular articles - e.g. weekly power rankings (teams or players by position), weekly match-ups - or do more editorial stuff. We could do consensus selections for some of them. Bare in mind that Aug - Jan would be the busier months.
It sprung to mind that @Outsiders68 and @JonCartwright were sure to be up for some of those articles, and I can see @Dean and @Alan_Feelers already having quite in-depth research on weekly match-ups! @bluelionman could always write an anti-tipster blog!
So, what do you get out of all of this? Well, we get to build a bigger community of UK NFL fans (and more people to join in with new fantasy leagues and games!), get to organise more/bigger/better meet-ups, create a more active forum… and site contributors can if they desire own a real share of The Fan Pub. It’ll probably just mean owning x% of 0, but if there’s enough interest I can register TFP as a UK Ltd and issue shares to co-creators. Possibly a pointless exercise, but for those that want it, it could mean genuinely owning a piece of the site.
PS - Anyone want to take control of the @thefanpub Twitter account? I keep forgetting to use it!