By Adam Parr
Throughout my younger years, I always dreamt of starting a hunting blog or a website where I could document my hunting activities and share advice that I’ve learned throughout my journey as a hunter, but I never took action. The problem (or so I thought) was that I didn’t have a unique enough perspective to offer up anything worth reading, so I put the idea on the backburner yet it was always in the back of my mind. In early 2015, I decided to make a huge change to stop procrastinating and stop saying “someday I will” and pursue the dream of starting a blog that lives, eats, and breathes hunting.
My passion in life has always been hunting and everything that revolves around pursuing animals in the great outdoors. There’s a pulse inside of my body that drives me to be a hunter and it beats so loud that it consumes my life, but in a good way. I could be doing worse things, right?
It Starts With A Passion
I’ve found that whether you are running a business, keeping a journal, or writing a blog, it must all begin with a deep passion. Without that, your desire to keep going or maintaining consistency will dwindle. As for blogging, creating content on a consistent basis (even though it may not be top notch at first) is the most important thing for a website to gain traction. Frequency over an extended period of time shows professionalism and that you are serious about what you do which gives you further authority.
My passion is hunting. Did I mention that already? It is not a hobby or a weekend activity or something cool to do so that I can post badass hunting pictures on Instagram, hunting is my way of life. The hunting lifestyle I live runs deep, which means I have expertise and insight that I can share with others.
Change Creates Growth & New Opportunities
One of the biggest proponents to actually starting my blog was the drastic change of moving from Michigan to Colorado and working in the outdoor/hunting industry. This change was the catalyst for growth such as: creating new experiences, gaining new perspectives, meeting new people, starting from square one, and learning a new landscape. This transition was something that I felt people could connect with and learn from so I mustered the courage to begin writing and it took off from there.
Through this new world I entered into, I quickly realized that I had a whole new set of challenges in front of me that were just waiting to be conquered. I had never before hunted the mountains, I had never before hunted elk, and I had never before scouted an area so large, vast, and rugged. All of these challenges were just the medicine I needed to kickstart my blog and begin documenting my journey.
Start a Blog For The Right Reasons
If you’re looking to start a blog for the sole purpose of making money or becoming famous, you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons and most likely it won’t work out the way you hope it would. Do it because it’s something that is truly ingrained in your DNA. Do it because it’s all you think about in your spare time. Do it because you want to share your passion and experiences with the world. Do it for you, and for only you.
If you are currently dreaming of starting a hunting blog but don’t know where to begin, mix things up and try something new. Maybe you like archery but you only shoot a compound bow… how about trying out traditional archery to give you a whole new set of challenges? Maybe you’re a hardcore deer hunter but you currently only hunt on private land… how about diving into a piece of public and see how that changes your perspective?
There are so many cool things in this world and new experiences to be a part of, so if it has ever been a bucket list item to start a blog in the hunting industry, I urge you to do it now. You will have zero regrets and you never know where the path may lead.