Something must be in the water, because Erin over at Mysteries Internal just posted a “rant of sorts”, and I am about to do the same. This post started with the theme of “being dubbed a “fisherwoman”, and how being a girl somehow makes you entitled or special”. However, Erin wrote the post much better than I. So please, go check out her post. It will help you get a feel for how I feel about this issue.
Now for my second rant – What is it really all about? The recent past has brought about a disturbing trend in fishing blogging – blogs that exist because people need attention. I started this blog so my family could follow along on Dustin and my adventures. For a little over a year, I read a few blogs in secret. With the birth of the OBN, I was exposed to many more blogs. For the most part, I really enjoyed reading other people’s stories, liked learning new techniques, valued gaining education about all facets of outdoor activity, and feeling people’s passion through their writing. However, recently, it seems some blogs only exist only so the person can gain notoriety, free swag, likes or followers. “I only need x amount of followers to get to 500…follow me! Who can get to x amount of likes first! etc etc. It seems the quality of the blog is based on these things. That is utter rubbish. When did enjoying the outdoors become a contest in popularity? Do people really fish to make some kind of name for themselves? Do people go out just so they can put something on their blog? Is it really about enjoying nature anymore?
Perhaps I am getting a better look at this because my time is so limited. My reading list has dwindled down to those few blogs that are there for the right reasons – blogs that exude passion, pass on tricks, or provide laughs. I have taken off the blog list on the front page, and added a “page” with a list of blogs I try to check frequently. I have removed the Facebook feature, the follow feature and the twitter button from my blog. My experiences do not need validation, attention or anything else. My experiences are for me, and if my family and friends so chose to read, for them. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all comments and all readers. For those of you that enjoy reading our stories, I do hope you will continue. I enjoy sharing our adventures with whomever wishes to read them. However, I refuse to exploit my gender as a fly fisherman to obtain free goodies. I refuse to let my value be measured in how socially networked I am. I refuse to let this blog take value away from the pure simplicity of nature. I refuse to go into the backcountry with the sole purpose being a good story. Fellow bloggers, please don’t forget what enjoying the beauty of nature is all about.
I realize this will rub people the wrong way, and frankly if it does, then we perhaps are not on the same page, and our blog ways may not pass again. I am okay with that. My two cents has been said.