As a self-confessed Spurs addict, I seldom go two or three hours without looking for Spurs content. CFC has typically my first-port of call and if there's nothing I haven't read before, I head over into the wilderness that is Google News and trawl through the mass of re-hashed pieces that get churned out all over the web.
Increasingly, though I'm finding I'm going to Google News first and I land at CFC via their links. CFC just doesn't keep up with my need for Spurs content. During the international break, the amount of new content is at its bleakest. And the few CFC updates tend to be content I've read well-before on other sites.
I can't help but wish that Fan Posts were a far more active part of this site. When CFC underwent a redesign, a lot was made of the supposedly more prominent positioning that Fan Posts were going to get. We were promised more Fan Posts were going to be pushed into the main story area and the idea was that the higher positioning meant that the community would engage with Fan Posts more.
And it seemed to be working that way in the early days. I had a few pieces that went into the main story content, and even when they didn't get promoted you still got a bit of comment and reaction. However, when I've posted pieces for quite a while now - particularly my attempts at analysis or opinion - you post and then watch the tumbleweeds blow past. If you come up with something amusing or entertaining you can get a few reactions, but anything serious or analytical just seems to get ignored.
I guess that leads to a self perpetuating cycle. Less gets posted, less gets read.
Personally, I think that's a shame. I think this community could produce a lot more interesting content than most of the crud I find myself reading out on the interwebs, if the Fan Posts section was more actively promoted and encouraged.
Just my suggestions but:
1) Promote more Fan Posts into the main content
2) Use Morning Hoddle to point to Fan Post content.
3) I think the community in general could try and get a bit more involved with Fan Posts, which would encourage more people to write and increase the diversity of conversation.
Anyway, just my two bobs worth.