Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Unexpected news

© By Othmar Vohringer

Yesterday morning when I checked my email there was a message from Bryan to many of you better known as “DeerPhD”. For those of you who do not know whom I am talking about let me explain.

Bryan wrote in my opinion one of the best outdoors blogs on the whole Internet. At the time Bryan studied for his degree in psychology, hence the blogs name DeerPhD, but he also is an avid hunter and fisher. Bryan had a very interesting slant to his outdoor writing, covering hunting from a psychological viewpoint that was both highly interesting and educational to read.

After his last post on February 29, 2008 Bryan disappeared from his blog without a warning. He was just gone from the blogsphere. Over time Bryan and I developed a sort of fairly close blogger friendship that it not uncommon among outdoor bloggers, hence the founding of the Outdoor Bloggers Summit (OBS).

When a person I know just vanishes into thin air I start to worry and it was no different with Bryan. I wondered if he is okay and hoped nothing serious happened to him. I started to worry a little more when two emails to him remained unanswered. Imagine my joy when I received his email yesterday.

Bryan is doing fine but has been extremely busy with his study and preparing for the exams. Currently Bryan and his wife live in Kansas City, MO for his internship and in August the couple will return to northeast OH where Bryan begin his career as a faculty member in a Psychology Department (College of Wooster, Wooster, OH).

Bryan wrote; “I'm really looking forward to having an established residence and career so that I can further pursue my passions in the outdoors!” I also hope that this will give Bryan time to return to his blog because I surly miss reading it.

It is usually not my custom to relate personal emails sent to me on this blog. I made a rare exception in this case because I happen to know that many fellow outdoor bloggers have been wondering and worrying about Bryan’s sudden departure from his blog. I am glad that he is alright and that his hard work finally pays off. If he returns to his blog remains to be seen but what ever happens to DeerPhd I wish Bryan and his wife nothing but the best of everything in his profession, life and family.

Othmar Vohringer Outdoors
Founding Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit


Anonymous said...

I knew Bryan was quitting his blog when he started his internship because he let me know. I'm glad he's doing well, and I hope he does go back to blogging. He had a nice blog and it would be great to see him writing again.

Albert A Rasch said...

I wondered what had become of him, I'm glad he got the word out to you.

Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
The Range Reviews: Tactical
Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit

SimplyOutdoors said...

I was also aware that Bryan was taking a break from blogging in order to further his career. I'm still glad to know, though, that he is currently doing well.

And I hope one day DeerPhD does come back and make another round in the blogosphere.

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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