Once upon a time, on a cold October 18th 2010 morning, the Outdoor Blogger Network was officially launched. Last week, on January 18th, Joe and I quietly celebrated the 3 month anniversary of the OBN. No wine, chocolates or flowers were involved with that special occasion, however, Joe did send me a very large box of candy canes (hundreds of them!) that should keep me going until next Christmas. If I end up toothless by 2012, we all know who gets the blame.
~The State of the OBN~
- This post marks 100 entries and 1,525 comments
- There are now over 560 Outdoor Blogs listed on the Outdoor Blogger Directory
Weekly Outdoor Blogger Network Radio Show:
Joe and I are always looking for ways to make the OBN community interactive and we have a blog talk radio show in our radar. A radio show appears to be another avenue we could utilize to achieve a new level of blogger interaction on the OBN. We could talk live to featured Outdoor Bloggers, discuss the gear we use and highlight special events, contests and much more.
Outdoor Blogger Network Rendezvous:
Joe and I have been looking into, discussing and lining up the details of putting together a OBN rendezvous for this summer. Nothing has been set in stone, yet, but it looks like Denver Colorado would be an acceptable location to hold a national get-together of Outdoor Bloggers. We see a convention style 2 day event that everyone can come to, meet their fellow bloggers in person, attend classes, meet industry leaders, watch demonstrations or participate in special events.
Outdoor Blogger Awards:
A thirty minute stroll through the Outdoor Blogger Directory will show anyone that there is a lot of excellence in Outdoor blogging going on. This year Joe and I will have a platform in place to facilitate an OBN Blog Awards. This will be a community project and will need everyones support. We would like to recognize outstanding individual blogs within the Outdoor Blogging community and to do that, we need to narrow down the fields. Starting with nominations, voting and ultimately ending with the chosen top blogs in each category.
We built the Outdoor Blogger Network on the foundation of community interaction. The way we see it, this is your community and we welcome ideas, suggestions and possible projects from everyone that participates here.
What do you think of the three main future plans we have for the OBN?
If we did a radio show, would anyone listen or would the sounds of crickets echo the airwaves?
If we put together a convention would anyone come or would Joe and I have to eat all the donuts ourselves?
Does anyone have a name for the OBN awards besides the OBNY’s? (That’s the best we’ve come up with so far)
Do you have other ideas that you would love to see on the OBN? We can’t promise that a suggestion/idea will be implemented here, but we will certainly take everything into consideration.
And lastly, thank you everyone, for making the Outdoor Blogger Network what it is today.
Rebecca and Joe