In the summer, Dan Scifo and Shane Carnes decided they wanted to start their own new fed to sort of satisfy some of the rumblings for a second fed amongst the A1 community. I advised Shane that he should have taken Dan West on his offer and taken up the MBE name and keep the fed on A1. They decided to pass on both options. Now naming the fed something new isn't a bad idea. Ultimate Championship Wrestling is a fine name for their fed. However, they decided that they were going to locate the fed at Brian Jenkins' E-fed News Network. I like the ENN site, and I like its purpose. I wouldn't post there if I didn't. But I also don't think it's a suitable site for a startup fed to be located on right now.
The EUWC up until this year was situated on the FW.com boards. Then, at some point, there was no activity on their forums. I wondered where they went. Then last night, I found out that they moved to their own message boards, boards that might only get traffic from their own roster instead of the MASS volume of traffic that FW.com gets.
It makes me wonder, why do people eschew forums with large traffic for smaller ones of their own?
I can see why UCW would want to be at ENN. Perhaps part of it is establishing the fed with its own identity. Perhaps part of it is to help get some more exposure for Jenkins' site. In fact, I love the concept behind ENN... a place to discuss e-fedding.
But logistically, if they had gone to A1 or even FW, they could have still established their own identity outside of the MONSTROUS shadow that A1E casts at A1 and among the amalgamated yet related community of feds at FW. It might have taken a little work to do, but it still would have been worth the traffic and the amount of eyes that get exposed to UCW on a regular basis. The fact is, UCW would have gotten more exposure at A1 or FW than the exposure they're bringing to ENN by hosting the fed there. It's the same with EUWC, unless Matt Pickstock is good enough at recruiting and can keep an influx of exposure to his fed without being at FW.
The only feds that I think can survive off of not being affiliated with A1, FW or other interfed sites like PTC are probably PRIME, fWo (which does) and maybe CSWA, NFW and maybe, just maybe, A1E. ANy other startup would be wise to latch onto a vibrant community and try to carve a niche, granting that there is a niche to carve there.