June 26, 2016

Our OFFICIAL launch day is finally here!! (And our first GIVEAWAY!!)

Shimano Stradic 2500 Fi spinning reel

Welcome to the official Grand Opening of the Outdoor Blogger Network.  We are really glad you’re here!  Whether you’re a blogger who wants to be a part of this network, or a reader of outdoor blogs who wants to find the best material on the web, you’ve come to the right place.

First time here? We have a pretty comprehensive series of intro pages here on the home page that go into greater detail of the categories and objectives we hope to achieve in short order. You can also read more about the beginning of all this and the ideas we have on the ABOUT OBN tab.

Since part of our site revolves around Outdoor Gear Reviews, what better way to kick this baby off than to give away some Outdoor Gear???  A few lucky bloggers will win some great stuff and as part of the giveaway, we’d ask that you use the product, and let others know what you think.  We’ll have some happy bloggers, and some fresh Gear Reviews!!  Seems like a win-win situation to all involved.

Here is the list of items we are giving away in our Welcome to the Outdoor Blogger Network Contest:

William Joseph Chest Pack

A  pair of Bushnell HD binoculars

A  Shimano Stradic 2500 Fi spinning reel

A William Joseph Access chest pack

A Plano 1470 polycarbonate waterproof carrying case. (items in carrying case picture not included. I know! But no can do)

Contest Details: This Giveaway will run from now, until High Noon on Monday November 1st. That gives everyone 2 weeks to comment in this entry and pile up extra entries if you want to increase your chances of a win. Our comment section is set to number every comment we receive, so all of our giveaways & gear review offer winners will be selected via a random generator.

We believe in the reward the buzz concept and want to offer several ways to earn extra entries in the Giveaway. To keep things simple and on the straight and narrow, please leave a separate comment for each buzz action you’ve done. Honor system reigns supreme around these parts, so we’ll trust you.

  • Leave a comment – 1 entry
  • Write a post about the OBN on your blog – 2 entries (that’s right, leave 2 more comments indicating you did this!)
  • Place the OBN Badge on your Website – 2 entries (and we thank you!)
  • Subscribe to the RSS or Email Feed – 1 entry
  • Mention the OBN on your Facebook -1 entry
  • Mention the OBN on Twitter – 1 entry

No need to be shy about this. Every person could have 5 or more comments below! Imagine if you were out fishing with your friends, you wouldn’t catch just one fish and put your rod down for the rest of the day to give your friends a better chance of catching up….would you? Have fun and we can’t wait to send out some great gear to some great Outdoor Blogger Network supporters. Good luck!

(Remember, each entry needs to be a separate comment)
(Bushnell HD binoculars picture coming soon)

Rebecca & Joe

About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    I love this idea! Great work… I’ll check back often (and I hope I win the chest pack!)

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    looks like the perfect start, really think it is neat to get info and find out about fishing and hunting, hope can find more in area.

    • 4

      Clinton ~ there’s already plenty of blogs full of great information on the Directory. Hopefully you can also find someone in your area that writes. You could ask in the Community News over in the sidebar and someone might answer you!

  3. 5

    I just left a comment! And I’ve never won anything over the internet? Maybe now is the time?!?

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      Casey! Nothing? Ever? Ok then, you’re due….if by chance not this time, then in the very near future. This isn’t our only giveaway that’s coming across the wires ~

  4. 7

    I have the badge on my website!!!

  5. 8

    I have subscribed to the Feed!

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    this is not a comment

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    I have subscribed to the OBN feed

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    Please don’t delete this one because it IS a comment

  10. 16

    I have posted the badge on my website!

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    I have mentioned the Outdoor Blogger Network on Facebook!

  12. 18

    There is an OBN logo on my blog….i think

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    I have subscribed to the RSS Feed!

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    And I can confirm the logo is on Lunker Hunt, so this should qualify as my second comment under section three.

    I’ll write something about OBN, thank god I’ve got two weeks.

  15. 21

    Here’s my comment for (1) entry.

    Great idea for a community website, very happy to be here and included in the action. Nice to see some familiar names and faces…even better to stumble upon some new ones!

  16. 22

    OBN badge is on my website. You’re welcome.

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    Subscribed to email feed. Hope you make it past my SPAM filter.

  18. 24

    I have posted the link on twitter!

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    Facebooked you. All 3 of my “friends” should enjoy this.

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    I’ve been writing my blog for amost a year now and today is most likely going to be the most views on my page ever. Last check I was at 45 views and that was 4 hours ago! Thanks to the Outdoor Bogger Network and Rebecca and Joe.

  21. 28

    Tweeted too. @troutrageous1; wishing many RTs from the followers.

  22. 29

    Now this is what I am talking about this is a great idea …

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    I am spreading the word…I put the badge on my blog.

  24. 31

    You’ll see a blog post tomorrow (Tuesday), and the tidal wave of clicks that follow.

  25. 32

    I subscribed to the feed.

  26. 33

    This is an awesome idea, Rebecca and Joe! Well, I guess it’s not just an idea any longer! I’ve subscribed and placed the badge on my blog. Great job!

  27. 34

    I just made a link on my facebook page.


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    Great site and I look forward to contributing. I have put your badge on my site.
    Tight lines

  30. 37

    Great Idea! Just loaded my latest blog and placed your widget on my blog. Check it out! http://www.tenkaraonthefly.blogspot.com
    Catch you later!

  31. 38

    Fun! I added the badge to my website

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    tweeted just now

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    Congratulations! Looking forward to big things from y’all.

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    Subscribed. Email.

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    …added you to my blogroll.

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    …Facebook page.

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    …and finally…Twitter.

    Again, congrats.

  38. 45

    I love the look of the Outdoor Blogger Network logo on my blog page!

  39. 46

    Rebecca and Joe – Just wanted to thank each of you for the foresight and thought process put into the concept of the OBN. It is not just a good idea with a plan, it is a “great” idea and a plan that will work for all of us outdoor type bloggers. Happy to be a part of the origination of a great community of friends.

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      Thanks Mel! I see big things for this community……Big old summer BBQ next year? Thank you for all of your support. And…as part of the spirit of Outdoor Bloggers, I’m planning on seeing you in person this next week! I’ll email you~

  40. 48

    I have added the Badge (Log0) to the top of my page over at Blog Cabin Angler!

  41. 49

    I must admit that the OBN Logo (Badge) is very eye catching over on my blog. Kudo’s to the graphics person for a job well done!

    Second comment on the Badge for my blog!

  42. 50

    I have subscribed via the RSS feed and will follow OBN closely in the time to come. I am psyched!

  43. 51

    I have also added an entry on my Facebook page about the OBN. Here is the link.


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    I’ll be racking up the entries. Comment

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    Posted about the OBN on Bass Pundit #1

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    OBN Badge on your Website #1

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    OBN Badge on your Website #2

    I actually have the badge on twice. Once when I posted about you and I put the badge in the sidebar, but I’m guessing almost no one will see that because it’s a long ways down, especially with the technical difficulties I’m having with Internet Explorer and my Blogrolls right now.

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    Mention the OBN on your Facebook -1 entry

    When I posted about you on my blog it automatically posts to my Facebook Fan page.

  50. 59

    Great idea, hope you will post all the goodies I am going to win to South Africa. :-)

  51. 60

    Badge is on my site for both my readers to see.


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    Mention the OBN on your Facebook -1 entry

    Just did status update about OBN to all my facebook friends.

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    I subscribed to the feed.

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    Subscribe to Email Feed – 1 entry

  55. 64

    Thanks for listing my site. I’m loving your blog.

  56. 65

    Afternoon all,
    It looks as if all systems are go, so I guess this is me first comment upon this prestigious new venture – if by some bleedin’ miracle I happen to win in this wonderful give-away (never ever won bugger all from the web so far) and it’s the binoculars then could you auction them off for a charity of your choice (can only use mono scopes due to very dodgy vision) but as for any of the other items there mine I tell ya, all mine he ah aaaa hhaa ha ah ha….
    Oh and been as I’m a featured blogger type thingy here on your opening gambit (god only knows how that happened) does that mean an extra entry point?????? surely it must … go on you know it makes sense.
    Best regards,

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    Oh and the OBN badge has been on my blog page for absolute ages, well a couple of days at least

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    Oh oh oh and I’ve subscribed using that RSS feed thingy ma bob….

  59. 68

    This is a great start to a great idea! It will only become an even greater resource over time and with more supporters and partners sharing their thoughts, ideas and the like!


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    I think you guys have a great idea here. I’m not after any goodies. Just wanted to help you out. I already wrote a blog post, put a badge on my blog, and mentioned you on Twitter. And of course, I’ll subscribe to your RSS feed.

    Although, those binoculars _would_ be nice to have. Hmmmm….

  61. 70

    I’m leaving a comment – This is a great idea, Rebecca!

  62. 71

    I just Tweeted about the OBN on…well…Twitter.

  63. 72

    I just posted on my Fecebook wall about OBN!

  64. 73

    I just “Liked” OBN on Fecebook.

  65. 74

    I just grabbed the RSS feed for my reader…..You should put a Feedburner link on here too!

  66. 75

    I just added a link to OBN in the “Cool Sites” section of my site!


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    Check out the post “Cappy’s Blog Joins Outdoor Blogger Network!”

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    Great stuff guys! Glad we could connect with so many great outdoorsman and women around the US!

    Check out Minnesota Fishing and Photography with Jeff “Breezer” Andersen at http://jeffandersenfishingphotography.blogspot.com/

    I fish mostly on Leech Lake, Cass Lake, Brainerd Lakes area and all across Minnesota and Canada.

    Hope you guys enjoy my Blog!

    “Make a Memory!”

    Jeff “Breezer” Andersen

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    And the Badge has been placed!

  71. 80

    What a great site and great give away idea! (and you guys have put togeather some quality prizes. That’s “Top Notch” in my book!)

  72. 81

    Here’s my post about the OBN:

    Hope you find it suitable ☺

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    You will also find the Outdoor Blogger Network badge proudly displayed on my blog.

  74. 83

    AH-HA! The RSS feed is mine!

  75. 84

    Darn it all. No facebook for this chick, but I do have Twitter.
    Tweeted it last night and will be tweeting more today.

  76. 85

    Great site! Look forward to visiting often to learn about others who are blogging in the outdoors world.

    Oh, and badge has been added to my site.

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    (btw – site url is http://www.ahunterstales.com if you need to confirm)

  78. 87

    Love your idea Rebecca! Commenting to enter :) And I’ll be tweeeting and other stuff too! I’ll comment when I accomplish each thing. I have a love for Shimano that can’t be beat.

  79. 88

    Great concept, I signed up for blog directory

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    Tweet is done :)

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    Badge is up on the blog

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    Signed up for the RSS feed!

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    (I’m not usually so short on words)

  84. 93

    I placed the OBN badge/logo on my site. Actually both my sites.

  85. 94

    Did I mention that I placed the OBN badge/logo on my websites? BTW, it’s a very fetching logo. Looks good anywhere. Maybe you need to get stickers made ;)

  86. 95

    Being hungry, I just got my RSS feed on.

  87. 96

    I posted about OBN on Faceplace. A couple times!

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    OBN has been Twitted, or Tweetered.

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    Excellent site and concept and just what we need as outdoor enhthusiats. Thanks for starting this network and I look forward to becoming a memeber.

    PS. I could really use this Binoculars before my hunting trip next week!!! :)

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog – Sharing the Passion

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    Wrote a blog post about OBN on my vblog

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    Placed the OBN badge on my blog (1)

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog – Sharing the Passion

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    Did I mention I placed the OBN badge on my blog?!

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog – Sharing the Passion

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    BTW, I just subscribed to the blog feed for OBN and The outdooress and Flowing Waters.

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog – Sharing the Passion

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    I was reluctant to mention OBN on my facebook because I’m sure my friends will be asking why I don’t catch big fish the way Rebecca does. This one is going to hurt. :)

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog – Sharing the Passion

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    Page views on my blog keep going up and up! Did I mention how much I like the OBN! Well I guess I just did.

  97. 106

    Here’s my first entry! Great to see you guys are official.

  98. 107

    Thanks for adding Angling Obsession!

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    Badge on website…check

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    RSS for Google Reader…Done

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    OBN is on my Angling Obsession Facebook Fan Page!

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    You’ve been tweeted as well.

    Had increased traffic on my blog today…Thanks!

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    I love the Shimano reel, its sooo smooth!

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    I have shared this page with all my facebook buddies!

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    I just posted a scathing review on my blog.

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    I deleted the scathing review and replaced it with this.

    And yes, this is my second entry for writing about OBN

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    Wow sure do hope we win some of that great gear! http://funcfish.com could use some new gear to review… We tend to wear out the gear we buy too fast due to the fact that we never stop fishing… In fact I’m fishing (splash) righasnnttk nwwooow… f f f

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    This wonderful site is now linked up with my great site! :) http://imnotcertainthatimnotcrazy.blogspot.com

  110. 119

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot to tell you that I blogged about the OBN over on the UA.

  111. 120

    I can’t remember if I told you already, but I posted an entry about the OBN over on my blog.

  112. 121

    Just given a heads up by posting a short un about the OBN, that’s another point if I’m not mistaken – the reel I can hear it calling to me!!!!!!

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    You guys have no idea how long I wanted something like this to come around. Thanks for having the know-how and guts to do it! -Stephanie

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    The chest pack is calling my name…I can hear it. Blog entry posted!

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    Tweet! Tweet! OBN gives all of us our own little community. Tweet is up!

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    I’m a cool kid; my blog has a badge!

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    I facebooked it, and subscribed to RSS Feed. I think that is all of ‘em. *hoping I win*

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    I have really enjoyed perusing through the list of blogs already. Very cool – comment 1

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    Badge posted on my meager website…

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    Email Subscription away…

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    Yep. Now I have posted on my blog about the OBN!

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    And now Twitter has heard from me!! Whew. I think I’m done now.

  123. 132

    I have added the OBN badge to my blog! Great thing you are doing here.

  124. 133

    I have mentioned OBN on twitter – Twitter account is VA_Outdoors

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    I have mentioned OBN on Facebook on the VA Outdoors Page!

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    I have the OBN RSS Feed up and running!

  127. 136

    Rebecca and Joe,
    The OBN is awesome! I am enjoying the other blogs, some that I have seen before, and some that are new to me. Looking forward to making my travel plans to the first OBN convention to be held somewhere other than Chicago. My wife Shirley and I will be glad to take a nice trip out west for a few days. This will be a reality soon!

  128. 137

    Placed the OBN Badge on my blog!

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    Mentioned on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/albertquackenbush

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    Subscribed to the RSS Feed!

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    Placed the OBN Badge on my blog! Second entry.

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    Added it to my Twitter, too! http://twitter.com/#!/AlQuackenbush

  133. 142

    I posted the badge on my blog. Thank you for adding me to your blog directory! :)

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    Added to the website http://bigwalnutfly.blogspot.com/

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    Posted about the OBN site great idea

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    Comment 2Posted about the OBN site great idea

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    The feed is running a great wy to greet the morning

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    Shared the link on FB

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    The link has been tweeted

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    Put the badge on the blog

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    This is an awesome site! Thanks Joe for suggesting….I love it!

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    I just added the badge…Gimme 2 more please!

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    Al Hubbard says:

    Hey Great Site and information. Good luck with the network!!

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    Kudos, and Congrats! Love the site!

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    Good luck, I’ll make this a daily viewing habit!

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    Cool little network u got going on here!!

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    It’s on the blog in the blogroll….thanks for doing this…its rad

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    I just added my blog post about Outdoor Blogger Network over at Blog Cabin Angler. Invite everyone to take a look. Rebecca and Wolfy, “I think I should get one point for every time I mentioned the OBN in my post”. Tee Hee!


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    Depends on the size of the fish, I only fish for food, not sport. So yes, I am quite likely to call it quits after catching one fish.

  150. 159

    I pimped OBN on Kayak Fishing Radio last night – listen to the podcast…

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    Here’s a comment for my first entry. Thanks for giving us all an opportunity!

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    This is addicting by the way…Badge on website!

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    Last but not least, the Tweet has been Twirt.

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    I love the idea of Outdoor Blogging Network. I’m signed up and happy to say I’m the first one in the “ALL THINGS RELATED TO HUNTING DOGS” category! I hope there are more bird dog enthusiasts out there who will join me!!

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    I’ve added you badge to my blog, Gordon Setter Crossing. I’d love to win that spinning reel!

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    Posted on my Facebook page!! (:

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    Okay, I wrote about OUTDOOR BLOOGER NETWORK on my blog! I’m going for that spinning reel……competition is stiff!! lol

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    Here’s an idea for Outdoor Bloggers Network……How about a “Picture of the Week”……or the month. You could specify, each week or month, a theme. Something like, ” best catch”, “largest catch”, “kids and the outdoors”, etc. You could have fun with it by having silly categories like “smallest catch ever”, or “cutest bird dog puppies”. And of course I would enter that one! Be ready though, LOTS of people will enter a photo contest.
    And now I have another entry for the give aways! (:

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      You’re reading our minds, Karen. We definitely plan to have multipe “Photo Contests”. We want to have something interactive every week, in some way or another.

      Thaks for the input!

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    Great site. Contests are always a great way to generate some buzz!

  161. 171

    OK. Just launched a brand new promo video for the Outdoor Blogger Network. Pretty fun to watch.

    Had fun making it anyway.

  162. 172

    Got my site loaded down with OBN logos! It’s not hard to want to put such an attractive little logo up. I am really glad you all didn’t go with some sort of dancing banana flash thingamajig.

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    Popped over because I saw this on Karen Thompson’s blog – great job, gotta go poke around a bit now!

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    Just wanted to let you know again… what this site has done for my blog. I am getting new readers who are enjoying the posts, almost as much as I enjoy writing them.
    Thank you Rebecca & Joe for this awesome site, and don’t forget to send me a prize!

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    Hello, leaving my first comment for leaving a comment!


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    Here is my first of two comments for displaying your OBN badge on my site. Thanks for listing my blog by the way. I appreciate it and it seems like a very comprehensive list of blogs. I hope to see more hiking ones on there soon!


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    Second of two comments for the badge displaying on my blog!


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    Here’s one comment for RSS your feeds to my iGoogle page!


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    Here’s my comment for mentioning OBN on my Twitter: @LiveFreeAndHike


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    Banner is up at Brave Eagles Hunt with Antique Brownings! Great place for outdoor bloggers to meet!!

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    Heh, heh. my second notificaiton that I am displaying the OBN logo on my site. Did my traffic really just jump as much as I think?

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    Second post about my promotional video for OBN.
    Check it out you scury dogs! (that’s pirate for new friends)

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    Just found you and like free stuff, so please send me some.

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    I’ve posted about OBN on eatmorebrooktrout.blogspot.com.

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    The OBN badge is on the page at eatmorebrooktrout.blogspot.com!

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    … I’ve subscribed to the OBN feed.

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    AND… the posts are up on Facebook and Twitter!

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    Thanks for the link in the directory. The OBN badge is on the Riverwood Blog now!

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    Great idea! – a resource for outdoor enthusiasts and blog writers. I can easily see this doubling my readership! (from 3 to 6……..)

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    The OBN badge is now on both http://www.riverwoodflies.com and http://www.oreoutdoor.com

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    Awesome give away! I knew I joined this site for a reason:) Very cool!

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    The badge is on my website as well:)

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    Blog post about Outdoor Blogger Network completed at http://riverratramblings.blogspot.com/2010/10/outdoor-blogger-network.html

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    Posted on Twitter!

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    Oh, did I mention I put the badge on my blog?

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    I got the badge on my site

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    Badge for my blog entry


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    I’ve placed the badge on my site!

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    Oh yeah…I’ve subscribed through Google Reader. Does that count?

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    Subscribed RSS!

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    sounds a good give away..wolfbushcraft would be posh with a gift like these..

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    Proudly displaying the OBN badge on my blog.


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    Proudly displaying the OBN badge on my blog, again.


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    Next week is vacation, time for bow hunting in KS.

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    Tom Pruett says:

    Still trying to get my avatar to work

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    okay now lets see if this works

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    Wow 208 comments and counting… If I win I just might have a contest of my own! (If I can bear to part ways with the loot)

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    Just realized I’ve been miss posting with the wrong email address…

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    Better get started before I miss the deadline.
    Here is my “free” leave a comment entry…

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    And I have placed the badge on my website, so count this as one of the 2 entries for that…

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    …and this is the 2nd of 2 for the badge placement. Now, still a couple days left to try and get another couple entries in.

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    I am not sure what to be more excited about, being accepted to the OBN or this contest! All of these prizes look outstanding!

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    Outdoor Blogger Network badge added to my site:


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    I’m looking forward to being a part of this OBN and helping it grow.

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    Yup, got the OBN button or network badge added to my site.

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    As I understand the rules I’m supposed to put to comments saying I added the OBN badge. So here is the second. You can check it here.

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    After today’s fishing debacle I could use that spinning reel! The “please twist my line to oblivion” feature of my current spinning reel is just not doing it for me! (:

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    Great idea Rebecca!

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    I subscribed to the Email! :D

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    Good luck with the OBN. Threw the OBN Badge up on the thefreshwaterfly.com.

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    I had over 800 page views for the month of October! This is 1/3 of the views I had since Nov, 2009. Thank you to the OBN for getting my blog in front of the people who will read it. It takes work and dedication to keep a blog updated, you have all made it worth the time!

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    Ok, that’s it………..comment entires are now officially CLOSED ~ Winners to be announced soon. Thank you for everyone that commented, spread the word about the OBN and participated. It’s been great and we’re already looking forward to the next contest!
    Rebecca & Joe

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    67 people like the Outdoor Blogger Network on facebook. I just invited a few more to come and find us!

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