The latest prompt from the Outdoor Bloggers Network comes from The Four Season Angler, and it asks the question “Why do you blog?” That is a great question, and I think it brings up an interesting point about blogs: there are a million reasons why blogs exists. I didn’t start Sole Adventure because I wanted to build a customer base and sell a product or service. I didn’t want to make it big in the outdoor bloggers world. (In fact, I didn’t even know such a world existed.) I didn’t want anything other than a place to journal my outdoor dreams, plans, and adventures.
It wasn’t until after I had been blogging for a while that I discovered a great group of blogs at the Outdoor Bloggers Network (OBN). This network opened my eyes to see that there are a lot of like-minded bloggers out there. When I submitted my site to the OBN I wasn’t expecting much, but what I discovered is that the OBN isn’t just a list of blogs, it is a community of people. Even though I started Sole Adventure for myself, I also appreciate how blogging can bring you into a community of people. Since I have started Sole Adventure, I have had offers to host me for hunts, offers to help me fix my gear, offers to answer my (many) questions about bowhunting, and many other expressions of generosity. Starting this blog has opened up a whole community of people that I can learn from, be inspired by, and share my love for the outdoors with.
Though I still primarily blog for myself, I have grown to see that there is much more to this than what I had anticipated. It continues to be a pleasant surprise.
The pleasant surprises continue. Just hours after I posted this I found out that I was selected as an OBN Blogger of the Week. Being selected is an honor, and I would like to thank Rebecca and Joe for the mention. Like I said previously, I am doing this for myself, but it is nice to know that there are others who find some level of appreciation out of what I enjoy doing here.