They hit this forum with about half a dozen identical new threads all at once, as they did on many other boating/sailing forums
. It was a blatant marketing
stunt to get site hits to get new and satisfy existing sponsorship.
I doubt they would spend much time participating in forum banter or contribute to answering members' questions.
They are very slick and professional, as any expensive glossy magazine should be. They also answered a few questions I asked about their photography
at the height of the tea cup storm, in a courteous, even friendly manner... the more ongoing followers they can attract the more successful their blog is.
BUT, I don't read many magazines because few are 'real' in our world. Their readership is armchair sailors, weekend racers and posers, and create an impression that they have the centre stage of the sailing life. In fact with few exceptions, they are the fringe. It's a weird, commercially driven distortion.
Taru and Alex are even further disadvantaged in the reality stakes because they epitomize the current
youthful, tragic, empty, nausiatingly vain "...lookit ME, lookit ME" culture... with the subliminal '... you poor substandard (exploitable) human beings'.
Like most centre-of-attention junkies, reality has nothing to do with it. Image is everything. So photos are posed and photoshopped to buggery. The images
are slick and perfect and have about as much warmth as fashion models strutting a catwalk.
So, for armchair sailors and glossy magazine addicts, they have hit their mark and fill a niche.
To their credit, they are actually doing the trip, unlike most readers.
I actually hop onto their site a couple of times a year, much like I flick through a sailing magazine in a news agency. Then, most times I put it back... unless there is a rare article of interest