Thursday, January 13, 2011

OBN... the Bloggers' Clearing House for Great Information

I wanted to send a long little note to the Outdoor Blogger Network crowd–and all its users–to say thanks for the vital service the OBN offers and to congratulate Joe and Rebecca on sticking to a project that could easily have fallen by the wayside in light of their already busy lives.

First, and I know I speak for a lot of us who have gained both exposure and some new perspective in recent months, OBN is simply an ideal "clearing house" for outdoor blogs and information. As a professional in the conservation arena, and a freelance writer and blogger, the OBN has probably doubled my digital Rolodex. Second, since I've become a member of OBN, I've managed to win a William Joseph chest pack, and be selected to review a Redington youth fly rod and a new Crosman pellet rifle (reviews coming soon, folks–the weather has been TERRIBLE). The folks at Redington are allowing me to donate the rod (normally, they ask that review models be returned) to a local Trout Unlimited chapter for fundraising, and the gun is mine to keep (ground squirrels, beware). These are the tangible benefits of being on OBN member.

A nice brookie like this might be in your future
if you're able to attend at TU conservation tour
for OBN members this coming summer.
But it goes so far beyond that. I've had really great phone conversations with both Joe and Rebecca on how to better involve the outdoor blogging community in conservation–something all of us need to convey to our readers (because, as I've said before, intact fish and game habitat equals stellar hunting and fishing opportunity). With that in mind, stay tuned over the next couple of months–I'm having talks with the OBN brass about a "blogger tour" that we at Trout Unlimited's Sportsmen's Conservation Project might put together in July or August of this year. A handful of select bloggers will be chosen to attend a conservation and fishing tour in southwest Montana (details to come soon, I promise), where they'll be given some very good information on land use and natural resource issues, and how those factors impact hunting and fishing access and opportunity in the region.

It'll be a laid-back, informal adventure in a wonderful part of the country, particularly if you like to fish the backcountry (as I do). We'll take good care of you, and likely handle all expenses upon arrival. Again, more details to come.

So, thanks again to Joe and Rebecca for launching OBN and sticking with it. While I'm sure they're getting a certain amount of personal satisfaction out of it, I know the real beneficiaries are those of us who blog and share the stories of our sporting adventures. Keep up the great work, you two... we're all very grateful.

–CH

13 comments:

  1. I don't think I could say anything more or better than this.. And thank you for your involvement past, present, and what looks to be a great future!!

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  2. Chris, sounds awesome. I am already salivating... ;-)

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  3. Wow. Great post. I just joined OBN and have not left the page. My wife is a sub-contracting biologist for TU and for a local salmon recovery foundation. I look forward to knowing more information about conservation project.

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  4. i may not be a select blogger, but I live in western Montana and I like information.

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  5. No worries about being "select." We'll probably invite a couple of folks, and put a couple out there for the vaunted Random Number Generator to select. I'll keep you posted...

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  6. sounds good to me. with regards to OBN, i think you nailed on the head. well said.

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  7. Well said Chris. I look forward to hearing more.

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  8. Couldn't agree more about OBN. I was very fortunate to have just started blogging when OBN went live. I don't know what it was like in the days before OBN, but I imagine it was much more lonely out there for the outdoor bloggers of the world. I may be too far from Montana to be considered for inclusion, but I'm definitely interested in hearing more about your upcoming project.

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  9. Chris speaks for me as well. Very nice post, Sir.

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  10. The OBN is great, for sure. No doubt it has brought together so many great blogs, but at the same time it has created a serious problem problem: there's not time enough in a day to explore them all, or even a few of them. The OBN has caused my ADD to go through the roof! Glad I found your site, Chris.

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  11. OBN opened up a whole new blog world to me. It is awesome!

    You are so correct about conservation. Many anglers I talk to in my home state don't care about conservation, and are some big contributors to the problems wild streams and areas face. This completely blows me away. I'm not sure why this is, lack of knowledge or just lack of discovery of nature's intristic value. Whatever it is, I hope to work to change it.
    -stephanie

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  12. Stephanie... thanks for that. We need another warrior on the ground willing to stand up for fish and fishing. We need others who understand the intrinsic connection between habitat and opportunity. I'll fish with you any time.

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