I think it’s well past time to breathe a little life back into the JSF Forums. The JSF forums were once a thriving community (we have nearly 30,000 members and close to 1,000,000 posts), but over the past few years new posts have died down considerably. Most of the activity these days is found in the two journal sections (the public journals and private VIP journals), and I’d like to work on changing that.
I think there are many reasons for the slowdown in posts. The popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have certainly had a large impact, and I’ve seen that on other forums as well. I also bear some responsibility here, as I rarely post or participate on my own forums these days. I suppose part of the reason for this is because I’m more active on social media now, but also because the existing JSF forums are so bodybuilding/transformation focused.
So what I’d like to do is sort of broaden the scope of the forums a bit. A lot of forum members (obviously myself included) are into cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross, running, triathlons, ironmans and so on. Perhaps adding some new forums dedicated to those sports would help spark conversation?
I’m willing to give it a try, but I could really use some feedback. I don’t want to get so specialized that I add 20 new forums, but I was thinking a few general forums: road cycling, mountain biking/CX and running. Perhaps equipment forums for each of those categories, and maybe even nutrition forums specific to those sports?
I’m just spit-balling. What do YOU think? I’d love to hear your feedback, suggestions and ideas for the forums. Please feel free to post them here, on Facebook, PM me, email me… whatever. I’ll take all suggestions to heart.