It has been a little over 3 years since I started Sole Adventure. What was a simple way to catalog and share my hunting experiences has turned into something that I could have never imagined. My favorite thing about doing this site is that it gives me an opportunity to document things that I am interested in, while at the same time connecting with other passionate hunters from around the country – and even around the world.
2013 was my most ambitious year ever. As you likely know, I published dozens and dozens of articles that outlined how I prepared for my first elk hunts. That project was a labor of love; and laborious it was! I will continue to publish articles about elk hunting, deer hunting, turkey hunting, other outdoor adventures, and archery information, tips, and tactics. Basically, nothing’s changing!
Okay, one thing has changed.
I have grown as a writer, which has opened up numerous opportunities for me to write elsewhere. These opportunities are great, and I am thankful for them, but they compete with the time that I have available to continue to contribute here, at Sole Adventure.
Turning Sole Adventure into a “successful” or profitable website has never been my goal, nor is it an aspiration that I have now. But, given the economics of time and money, something had to change. I have limited time to write and numerous paid opportunities to write outside of Sole Adventure. So to make it worth my while to continue devoting so much time into this site, I had to be able to “pay myself” something.
That’s why you see some ads on the site now. But these aren’t just any ads. I’m not taking money from anyone that willing to give it. These ads are from carefully selected (by me) partners that I know and trust. The guys at Exo Mountain Gear, First Lite, Extreme Elk, and the Elk101 Store, offer products that I know, use, trust, and would recommend to my closest of friends. I am happy to have their support, and I hope that you would consider supporting them when possible.
It’s odd, maybe even silly, to explain all of this. Many of you have probably seen the ads and didn’t think anything of it. After all, ads are everywhere these days. But this wasn’t a decision that I made lightly, and I wanted to clarify why it’s happening. In terms of my content, my passions, and my direction for this site – nothing is changing.
Check back for another giveaway later this week, and then next week we’re diving into a multi-part series on bow setup and tuning. I’m going to take you with me, step by step, as I setup my elk hunting bow for this year – an Elite Archery Energy 35.
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