Sunday, October 07, 2007

A Guideline on Outdoor Writing

© By Othmar Vohringer

My blogging friend Phillip wrote, what I consider the best article I have read in a very long time, on The Hog Blog.

Words to live by - and how we use them is an outstanding article about the fact that our blogs are read by audience of no-hunters too. The question is what words should we use to describe facts of hunting such as shooting a game animal. Should we be politically correct by choosing less graphic words than “killing” or “blood trail” in order as not to offend the non-hunters that read our blogs? Or should we be honest and write things as they are and how we feel about the event we describe.

The discussion is not new, in fact Phillip picked the idea up on the DeerPhD blog written by Bryan, another good blogging friend of mine. Bryan has posted several posts about the subject and encouraged a lively discussion of different views.

In turn I encourage all my fellow outdoor bloggers to visit the two above mentioned blogs and read what they have to say. It certainly contained valuable information for me and helped me in the struggle between my personal voice and words and the feelings of the non-hunting visitors to my blogs.

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6 comments:

deerPhD said...

Phillip did a wonderful job with that article. I'm happy to see how much people were involved in this discussion. If nothing else, it can raise awareness about the importance of these issues. (Thanks for the link, Othmar).

Othmar Vohringer said...

Yes he did and you got it all started my friend. Your blog and the articles you write are an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up.

-Othmar Vohringer-

darrell said...

Both articles were awesome and MUST READs for all outdoor bloggers

Othmar Vohringer said...

Amen to that Darrell.

-Othmar Vohringer-

Jon said...

Othmar, good post! I believe we should always write with good taste, so PC be damned!

Othmar Vohringer said...

I agree Jon, with good taste and honesty to our feelings regardless of how other may think. I have come to the conclusion that no matter what words I am choosing, someone eventually will be “offended” by it. It has become very fashionable to be offended these days. But that is not my problem. My problem is to be honest and respectful to our hunting heritage.

-Othmar Vohringer-

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