Hey fellas!Almost every Face Ache group or page has been infiltrated with spammers, hackers and bots. Facebook is dying a death, and not a moment too soon IMHO.
But as its been mentioned above, maybe we should do more videos and reviews etc, try and re energise the forum? I've tried youtubing before but I'm naff at video editing but still willing to give it a go can't hurt to try
Just read the above. Thanks Paul for your comments and takening my early post in the spirit it was made.
That other forum I mentioned is similar to this one. It probably has a core of about 15 active members and a total of about 50 occasional contributors. Main regular contributors are Aussie but there are also contributors from UK, the States, Italy, Germany , Philippines and even Taiwan!
A discusssion was had many times as to why active membership was declining and so demographically skewed to old blokes. Exactly the same challenges as you describe this forum as facing. The conclusions were pretty much as I gave above ( that discussion forums are ‘old school’), and that other types of media might be more engaging for occasional users ( although probably less informative for people with a serious interest in topics).
Anyway, that forum hasn’t resolved the issue yet and remains built around a small core of active members. If anything, that forum probably has less general appeal than this
Mike’s YouTube clip of the poor girl who lives so austerely that she can’t afford a bra and needs to chop wood is a great example of a content creator who may know little about bushcraft but obviously has awesome powers of social media manipulation. I’m sure she has more followers than this forum has members, all hungry for her bushcraft tips…
I've got photos and videos of the bow making course, a 10 minute video of me on the shave horse and a video of Mark and Glen working on their bows. A short video of me and mark shooting our bows.But to gently steer this back onto topic, you tubers like this young lady are the popular face of bushcraft on social media. Short impactful videos that show simple, usable skills presented with a little smile at the end. We may have to accept that we need to offer more to get people interested, things like the meets draw attention and interest. Paul’s courses in bow making and ancient skills or simply an opportunity to camp with a like minded group.