I got a couple of thoughts about Funtasia Daily: not complaints but some reflections of how things are gone in these years of waiting, and what could we expect in the future.
We can not deny that the blog started as a joke to the most famous Brony blog Equestria Daily, but the joke turned quickly in something serious and useful.
The situation is changed in these years of "waiting". The show changed a lot (How and why is a long topic alone), I think the fandom became focused on its celebrity and less varied than in the past (at least, from my point of view, that care much more for artistic and game projects), and also the future of G4 is uncertain becouse, beside the Movie, there aren't signs of a S7 incoming. I thinking that today (2016) things have slowed down, becouse I see conventions that closes (both US and Europe) and artists and groups that moves on other things.
I'm not sure if bronies or ponies itself are attractive like time ago, when other memes have captured the attention of the masses (Pokemon Go actually is the BIG thing of the moment).
A personal thought that I have no way to check: while the relationship between bronies and EVERYTHING else has coloured equines (even toward Melowy) is snobbish and will never change, the writing quality of the last three seasons is questinable, and could push someone to find something else. While I don't see this much as good or bad thing, I wonder if the reaction between the closed-minded bronies (unable to see ahead than Hasbro) and anybody else in the fandom will be more sharper than in the past.
So I thought that also would good that Funtasia Daily would revise the way, expecially now that the show is not started and there is time to prepare before more people comes. Who is well prepared, starts well. :)
I think the name could be changed. Funtasia *Daily* came from a joke on the fact bronies were annoying to bash something of different than FiM just... becouse different, and was a fun thing. But today I feel that's remind me of a stupid behaviour of someone who don't like this show, while I would like more that the name reminds me some things that belong to Funtasia and its audience only, and something that usually we likes of it. Maybe I'm not the only one to have this feeling.
Funtasia is what really brings traffic on the blog, therefore must remains; "Daily" is the part which bother me. Maybe a name similar but different could be used in place: Funtasia Gazzette (this one sounds cool, the idea of newspaper like "Daily"), Funtasia News, Funtasia World, ecc.
The show is not started yet and the comunity is very small, therefore I think there is time to change the name without real damage. Being few meand the news will spread quickly between us.
After the show would be really later, becouse is when the traffic will be really grow and a name change would make lose audience.
What articles really fit to our comunity? How handle them?
In the beginning I saw that FuD borrow a lot from EqD as setup for articles and such, that was ok for starting. But today things are different in the past, and I would suggest to revise the model thinking on how our comunity is.
I ran a brony blog about the Italian comunity and I know the problems. While even I took some ideas from EdD for what kind of articles put, I gave me a complete different priority: instead to focus on international fandom and US fan-celebrities, I used the blog for push OUR italian fandom, that was the one which matter for us Italian. Therefore, I kept a drawfriend and a Fanfic collection articles, but only of Italian stuff and only from the users of the Forum; rarely I touched foreign conventions becouse only few Italian fans can or want travel outside Italy for such things (a lot are 18/20 years old, no money and are students: there is near no interest to these foreign events), but I gave space to our annual meetup at Lucca Comics and Games, the biggest Italian fair for cartoons.
The blog was tailored all around our comunity, not the international one.
Also running a regular blog requires an extensive chunk of energy, time and willpower. Equestria Daily has a staff just for some kind of articles, that allow them to post frequently time-consuming things like Fanfictions.
Between the brony blogs that I found competent, I think Derpy Hooves News http://derpynews.com/ is one that could be looked for a model different than EqD. They focus mainly on official news, show rumors (like leaks and such), comunity events (conventions, events, ecc), editorials with thoughts of one of the bloggers, ecc, but not fan arts or fics, that they leave to EqD. Also, with time they added other shows the bloggers follow, with the same structure.
What needs can really cover the blog today?
Official news are the reasons why FuD exists. They are and will be the main priority over all the others.
Fan projects and events announcements should fall in the Blog main priorities too, becouse these affect all comunity in the same way the official news do.
Same for toy stuff articles and analysis too.
For Art stuff, drawing and fanfics, I think we should put a reflection here. Equestria Daily can keep extensive colums of fan art (post with dozen of pictures) and make selection of fanfics becouse it has a staff that do just this.
On my blog, I gave the role to fanfic reviewer to another guy and make him do only this and nothing else on the blog, becouse suckes time and he would had not way to do anything else.
Actually the comunity activity is... "minimal", but my experience is to think in advance about that before the trouble strikes you.
A different way than EqD to handle the problem is to detour the fan activity here on Fillychan, where anybody can post freely, and who wants ask "Read my fic", do it himself. No workforce required (just moderation).
For fan art/fan fic spotlight (the "drawfriends" of ED for being clear) should be better let it to other blogs done just for that, and to someone which has will and time to do it. My experience with Thumblr is an excellent tool to handle an art stream (if you avoid its toxic comunity).
Same for other things like games, music, animations and such. Fillychan can be a more agile nexus where collect it.
Other things that I leaved out?