As you might have noticed, it’s been quiet around here this fall. After wrapping up the account of this year’s elk hunt, there was only one post in November and one more in December (until now). Two posts in two months is a massive change of pace; for a long time I was averaging two posts per week.
So, why the silence? I would love to tell you that it’s been because I’ve been working on some amazing project that I’m rolling out for the New Year. A book, an e-book, a new site, etc. But that’s not what’s been going on at all. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. Writing and hunting have been on the backburner.
2014 has been an incredible year. The traffic at Sole Adventure has been better than ever. I brought on some advertisers to help fund some of my hunting expenses. I experienced some incredible moments in the field. I was published in numerous nationally-distributed hunting magazines – including Field & Stream and Petersen’s BOWHUNTING. Oh, and I have a freezer full of wild game.
Yet, in the midst of the best year ever, I have been tempted to simply walk away from all of this.
I tend to be an obsessive, all-or-nothing type of guy. For the last handful of years, my obsession has been bowhunting elk. I knew nothing about bowhunting elk, but my obsessive drive took over and I completely immersed myself in the process of learning the what, why, when, where, and how. Writing became part of the journey – adding fuel to the firestorm, and giving me a unique opportunity to have access to people, resources, gear, and other things that helped in my pursuit.
But now I find myself at a place in life where I can’t afford to dedicate as much time or energy to hunting and writing as I have been able to in the past. The way that I’ve been operating for the past couple of years simply isn’t sustainable any longer. So I’ve been fighting my “all or nothing” nature to find a balanced middle-ground.
On top of that, I’ve become a bit jaded with the “industry” and have little interest in continuing to participate in it (with a few rare exceptions). But that’s another topic for another day.
Let me be clear, my passion for elk hunting has not changed. I’m counting down the days ‘til September. Jerud and I are constantly swapping texts about our next elk hunting trip, as well as a Caribou trip a few years down the road!
Well, I’m not entirely sure. I know that I’ll be slowing down some – although I won’t be as quiet as I have been the last couple of months. I know that I won’t be so narrowly focused on publishing articles strictly related to bowhunting elk (though I’m not going to stop writing about that topic entirely). I will be covering anything that I’m interested in, which will include shooting (archery and firearms), hiking, trail running, backpacking, camping with my kids – of course bowhunting for elk, deer, and other critters – and anything else that sparks some thoughts that I think are worth sharing.
There will continue to be trip reports, do-it-yourself “how to” projects, gear reviews, informational and instructional content, as well as introspective and inspirational ramblings.
Finally, thank you for making this such an enjoyable journey to share. I love receiving the comments, questions, and hunting stories for all of you – so certainly don’t stop sharing!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!