What is Flayrah's future?
Once, Flayrah was the the only place to find information on the Furry fandom. You might see a comment on a board or on IRC, perhaps LiveJournal, but there were not a lot of options. The few conventions out there would make a post here, perhaps some themed newsletter, but that was about it. You knew you could find Flayrah with news on it.
Now, over the years the fandom has developed, but the news mediums really have not. There are more diverse sources out there, but many are self-seeking. I won't go into that. More power to them is all. Yes,?you?can?say?Furry News Network,?but?it?never?really?got?going. A year? Maybe two. It copied a lot of the stories here, and occasionally something new would pop up. But that died out soon enough.
The fandom is constantly growing and furries want news, but do they know where to find it? I don't think so. I looked at the visitor stats below. They represent what a meet might have, and are not a good representation of the fandom's numbers.
Are you still reading this, or strayed to another story? If anything, this is a story that goes un-read and not acted upon. That's OK; I'm used to it.
So how do we get the word out there? Well, for one, Furry conventions – all of them – should place on their website a link to Flayrah. It costs them nothing. If they write a story concerning their con, what does it hurt to boost the venue that promotes them? It might even get them more attendees in the future.
Next, if the con provides a conbook, place an ad in there or least areas where furs can find information. LiveJournal, Fur Affinity, Facebook, Twitter; these are all venues most cons use already – as of course Flayrah does.
I don't see Flayrah being proactive about this. They ought to get some banner art made. If it is a question of funds, provide artists free ad space. They eat that stuff up. The cons that use this site for readership to gain attendees can post a banner on their website. Now it looks spiffy.
It would be nice to see the fandom work together more. Perhaps the big sites out there could exchange banners more, so that furs can learn about what else is out there. Podcasts, which I guess never mention Flayrah, and well why should they? I am sure they never write up articles here looking for furs to check out their site.
Well I am tired of writing now. Help out. Do some artwork for this entity of the fandom before it dries up and is gone like FNN is. On a side note, FNN did carry some good fluff ideas that Flayrah should consider. Spotlighting Fursuiters was pretty cool. I would say take that up a notch and consider other furs of the fandom too.
I am going to over to FA now and look at some... art there; yeah, that is it.