Monday, January 26, 2009

Outdoor Bloggers Summit Charges Ahead

© By Othmar Vohringer

Before I get started with this column let me briefly explain – for those that don’t know - what the Outdoor Bloggers Summit is. There are a number of blogging organizations that help blog writers to develop and, or make money from writing blogs. The Outdoor Bloggers Summit is such an organization but solely dedicated to the niche of outdoor bloggers. Blogging is quickly becoming an important media tool, providing up-to-the minute information to the readers. At the Outdoor Bloggers Summit (OBS) we have recognized the value outdoor blogs have for outdoor enthusiasts of every persuasion. We also recognized that outdoor bloggers need a united voice and a place where we can find support and assistance from other more experienced bloggers.

With that said, if you’re an outdoor blogger and have not yet heard of the OBS, then you should sign up as a member. It’s absolutely free and there are no hooks or strings attached to it.

This brings me back to the title of this column: “Outdoor Bloggers Summit Charges Ahead”. Last year we planned on having a big gathering of all outdoor bloggers but due to the current economic climate we found that it would be wiser to cancel that event and plan for the following year. The OBS is still a young organization and the cancellation of the event caused rumors to circulate in the blogsphere that it was coming to an end but little did the rumor spreaders know that outdoor folks are a resilient people and don’t give up that easily. Besides, a change of plan can hardly be viewed as giving up.

If a large event is not possible at this point in time then perhaps smaller events spread all over North America is the answer. It’s an idea that had been picked up from Rex at the Deer Camp Blog. Rex has made it a tradition of sorts to invite outdoor bloggers from his area, among them Marian, to his famous Christmas Plantations for a good time, fishing and hunting.

Kristine has been very busy during the past weeks and the result of her thinking and doing resulted in Regional OBS Chapters. So far the OBS has nine regional Chapters:
  • Albert - Florida
  • Rex - Mississippi
  • Deerslayer - Tennessee
  • Matt - Virginia
  • Jody - Indiana / Midwest
  • Terry - Oregon
  • Brandon - Washington
  • Travis - Utah
  • …and last but not least we have the Canada OBS chapter of which I am the coordinator.
Now that we had the chapters all we needed was the rules. The guidelines for the regional chapters are official and wuth that in place we can start to organize, meet and greet and have a jolly good time too. To be truthful with you, I personally like these types of local gatherings much better then one annual large summit. I am a grassroots type of person and these local chapters are as grassroots as it gets.

I truly believe that the OBS is on an upwind course here and that the future will look rosy. If you want to start a chapter in your area visit the OBS blog and contact Kristine. The aim of the local chapters is to organize gatherings with local bloggers to have fun, exchange tips and promote the OBS and generally just get to know each other personally. It is a little spooky come to think of it. There are many fellow outdoor bloggers that I call “friends” because it seems I have known them for a very long time but yet I have never met these people personally. I for one often wondered, “What is this person really like in real life?” Well, now with the chapters in place we have the means to find out.

If any of my fellow Canadian outdoor bloggers reads this and is interested in getting together on a fishing trip and share a campfire let me know. I also would like to know who else is interested in forming an OBS chapter in Canada. Lets face it, Canada is an awfully huge country and we need more chapters here. There is no doubt in my mind that the Outdoor Bloggers Summit is charging ahead and great things are awaiting us just around the corner.

Othmar Vohringer Outdoors
Founding Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit

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4 comments:

Kristine said...

I'm working on putting together a list of the all the Summit Supporters with locations. I'm about half way through the blogroll now.

I know there are other Canadian bloggers, so I'm sure you'll have some company at your regional meeting.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Sounds great Kristine. I am sure eventually some Canadians will come on board too. We’re a bit more laid back in these things but when we get going there is no stopping us. (lol)

-ov-

Rick McCharles said...

Count me in.

Rick McCharles

http://besthike.wordpress.com/

Albert A Rasch said...

OV,

Looks like we are all charging ahead!

I've received the guidelines from Kristine, and as soon as I have wrapped up all my Shot Show business, I'll be putting the SE Regional OBS on the front burner, and like you, charging ahead!

Regards,
Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit
Southeast Regional OBS Coordinator

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