Rebecca and I have been giving a LOT of thought and consideration to the following, and we want to bring it to the forefront immediately. So, without further ado, I’ll just spit it out, then take all the time needed to explain our reasoning, and answer any and all questions.
We are putting the 2011 OBN Rendevous on hold until next summer.
“WHY??” you ask, amazed that we could be so callous and unfeeling?? A number of reasons, really. Bear with me as I try to explain.
You’ve lived through the issues we’ve recently experienced with the expansion of the Directory, and moving over to a new server. Both of these endeavors were neccesary, and monumentally time consuming for Rebecca. Her dedication to keeping this ship afloat can’t be overstated. But, it also means that we’ve done virtually nothing to facilitate the summer gathering. And there is a LOT to do. We’ve had numerous offers of help of all kinds, and we TRULY appreciate that, but most of the work falls squarely on our shoulders. It’s something that, under normal circumstances, we welcome with open arms. These recent developments have made it unreasonable to pull this off with hope for any degree of success. And we WON’T do it half-assed.
I can hear the murmurs out there in cyber-land – “What about you, Joe?” “Can’t you do your share to make it happen?” Valid questions indeed. The answer, quite simply, is this – I just announced my resignation at work and I’m starting a new job in June. In Maryland. Moving the family across the country. Selling a house and buying a new house. Starting a new job with a new company. And, while the OBN family IS important to me, it has to take a back seat to the events that are currently at the forefront of my life. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to do everything , so you have to make decisions based on priorities.
Now – we’re not suggesting that other OBN folk don’t meet up and experience the terrific commoraderie and networking that we know would happen, regardless of our presence. We’re just saying that we woun’t be able to be a part of it this year.
However – for those of you in the upper Midwest, you still have an option available to you. The Midwest Bloggers Summit is being held in Brainerd MN on July 22nd-24th and is sponsored and coordinated by The Sportsman Channel. Some of you have asked if this is a competitive “group” – it is assuredly not. They simply recognize the value of the bloggers and their impact on todays way of obtaining information, and we want to endorse this event. We (Rebecca and I) fully support the event and, if conditions would allow it, would likely attend as well. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO about the event)
SO- I really hope this doesn’t screw up any plans for the summer, but the decision to postpone the event for a year is simply unavoidable at this time. In closing, I’d like to make note of one little bit of information that I’m not sure all of you understand – both Rebecca and I have real jobs, families and we try to have real outdoor lives as well. The OBN is a labor of love, and we are both completely dedicated to driving it to wherever it may end up, but we are a team of two and to be blunt, we do our best, but aren’t perfect. For example – right now I am a couple of weeks behind in getting some of the “stuff” out to the winners of the “Losers” drawing. Some of it just got in; some I need to put together. Bear with me. All good things come to those who wait.
Thanks for your understanding and patience.