They need to have the eyeballs here because of the ads, so the post selection blogs really need to be on this site.
However, I completely see your point re. the 'vote for me' threads. It's a really awkward situation for the candidates too.
Perhaps just one thread with everyone on it would be better? That way you don't have 20 of them bouncing around. Now that social media is being used much more and people know that they can canvass support from beyond the forums, there will be fewer appeals for votes on the forums. That should make life easier for everyone.
I think it's good to have the candidates come to the forums though as this is where they will need to post should they get to the final 5. Also it gives Seren a chance to interrogate them...ahem, I mean get to know their personalities
seren - Sorry that you've been overlooked. I guess with so many people applying (over 2,500 last year) the odds are stacked against you
I seem to have caused a bit of confusion with my mindless babble. I didn't get a ballot place which is why I was celebrating my return to rejection success
That said, I do now have GFA for 2016 - clearly I was always meant to get in the hard way. Far more satisfying though
Now, aside from the performance enhancing drugs (I think Irn Bru is on the banned list), there are two big reasons why I find myself in this, frankly, quite unbelievable situation.
The first is the Target262 competition and the second is these forums. I've learned so much from both it's unreal. The support here has been amazing and the help I've had directly from people like Minni and indirectly by reading other threads has made a huge difference.
Anyway, that's enough brown nosing. I think I can answer the question that you posed at the start of this thread. Or at least I can provide an answer that I hope can be viewed as at least vaguely plausible
The competition really only has one aim: to sell magazines. It creates valuable column inches for the publication and brings in advertising revenue from Asics.
The forum provides a great place to write the blogs that accompany the magazine campaign. The web site is also a vehicle for supplementary material (videos, training plans etc.) and of course more advertising.
So whilst they want people to follow the threads to get eyes on the campaign I'm not sure that they are too concerned about increasing forum membership. It's not really about attracting and retaining new members,.
The voting via social media spreads the word far further than it could ever go via the forums alone and this an advertisers dream. So it's no surprise that the focus has been more on this and will continue to be so.
It's not all one-way traffic though. I do believe that the competition provides a great deal to the RW readers and forum members. Bootcamp is brilliant if you get to go but if you don't then you can still benefit a load from following the threads. Having direct access to Steve, Sam and Ruth via these threads is brilliant and they are all very generous with their time.