© By Othmar Vohringer
I am late with this, very late. Almost two weeks ago Jody from The Hunter’s Wife has tagged me for a meme along with such notable blogs as Marian’s Hunting Storeis, Outdoor Bloggers Summit and NYbowhunter. With all the hectic going on around here lately I simply forgot about it until today, sorry Jody.
The meme states that I should write something about how I got started blogging and how the blog has evolved since I started.
I wrote my first blog post What Fish Don't Want You to Know on January 29, 2006. It was a review for a new fishing book written by fellow blogger, writer and fishing guru Frank Baron. When I started blogging there were hardly any hunting related blogs on the internet, how times have changed in just a smidgen under two years. I really had no particular agenda when I began this blog other than that I wanted to write about hunting life style and felt that a blog would be a good vehicle to voice my opinions and experiences with other hunters.
Over time this has gradually changed. As “Outdoors with Othmar Vohringer” became more popular I felt that perhaps I could write other blogs that are more specific to a particular segment of hunting. Being passionate about whitetail deer hunting the obvious choice was to write a blog for deer hunters and so the Whitetail Deer Passion blog came to the internet. That blog was quickly followed up with another blog for turkey hunting - my other passion - Wild Turkey Fever. Both these new blogs are hugely successful and popular with my readers especially just before and during the particular hunting seasons of these game species. This success encouraged me to add My Stand to the small outdoor blog network I created.
My Stand was planed as a showcase of my writing ability. On that blog I post a bi-weekly column covering various topics concerning our hunting heritage. Unlike the other three blogs were I write posts without being to thoroughly on editing, hence the odd spelling and grammar mistakes, the My Stand blog only features articles that are of my best writing and editing.
Had I, at the beginning of my blogging career, been told that one day my blogs would find the attention of editors and the hunting industry I probably would have laughed at the person predicting such a possibility. To me a blog was more like a type of interactive forum were I write my opinions and stories and readers can comment on it. However, over time I quickly came to the realization that a blog indeed can put the word out there and if the blog writer strikes a positive note will get the attention that are essential to further any business interest one might have.
In my case the blogs have created an interest in the media and the industry. In the past I have had magazine editors contacting me with queries to write for them and hunting industry representatives query me about the possibility to represent their company as pro staffer or asking me to write product reviews. In the past two weeks I agreed with an editor of an online hunting magazine to write a bi-weekly column (more info on this deal coming soon to this blog) and a local Newspaper from Texas queried me for articles, and this is just in the past two weeks.
In the future I will use my blogs to a much larger degree to promote my services to the hunting industry and community. Once my pro-hunter website is launched I might incorporate this blog into that new website. The lesson I learned since I began to write blogs is that a blog can be whatever the writer wants it to be. A blog can be a vehicle to share experiences, ideas and opinions with other outdoor enthusiasts or it can be a very powerful tool to promote a business. In this regard my blogs may not have as much evolved as they have grown up, but the evolution is ongoing.
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