On Tuesday the 18th
The Outdoor Blogger Network will officially be 1 years old.
And what a great year we’ve had!
When Joe and I think back to our talk along the river that inspired us to build this website, we both agree that not only did our vision happen, it’s taken on a life of it’s own and become so much more.
We certainly know that this site wouldn’t be anything without the support of you…and you and you. All of you. You guys probably have no idea how encouraging and supportive it feels just to visit your sites and see our little badge in your sidebars. Thank you!
When you write us nice emails, or leave comments here, or participate in the things we put out there, it just enforces our original concept, that creating a central location for Outdoor Bloggers to create an online community was a good idea.
At this point, I’d say our year 2 will be focused on providing information and platforms that have either been requested of us or things we’ve thought would enhance everyone’s experience here. Who knows what I’ll be writing about on year 2, but I know it’ll be good. Joe and I are committed to keeping this site going, so only time will tell.
We’ve also had the support of the Outdoor Industry over this last year and it has meant a lot to Joe and I that we have a part in putting new and interesting outdoor gear in all of your hands to test out, use and enjoy. Sometimes we feel a bit like Santa Claus, but we assure you, the Industry is watching and they appreciate the efforts of Outdoor Bloggers that write about their products and provide them feedback. They value your opinions.
Speaking of the Outdoor Industry, we let them know we were celebrating our 1 year anniversary and asked if anyone would like to celebrate with us.
Can I just say they said “YES!” in a BIG WAY!
So get ready Outdoor Bloggers, this week is going to be full of giveaways. As in thousands of dollars worth of outdoor gear to be given away. So there is no regularly schedule features this week. Nope, they are off the books and every day we will be posting new gear giveaways. Multiple entries a day.
Members of the OBN can enter every single giveaway.
You can win multiple times.
(if your blog is listed in the Blog directory, you’re a member!)
All we ask in return is that if you win something, we’d love for you to post a review of the gear you won. It completes the circle and is good for everyone around. We want to know what you thought of it!
This week the gear giveaways will be run a lot like usual, except that everyone will have the opportunity to get extra chance comments in. Make sure you read the fine print at the bottom of each post to see if you can get an extra comment in.
A Bonus BLOG Option to the giveaways: We don’t want anyone to miss out on the celebration and if you’d like, you can get 3 extra comment entries on any of the giveaways you throw your name in the hat this week by posting about the OBN celebration in your blog.
Meaning, if you post about what’s happening over here at the OBN on your blog, you get an extra 3 comments on any of the gear giveaways you participate in. Not just once, but all of the giveaways, you can add an extra 3 comments. So not only is this bonus good contest karma (again, we don’t want anyone to miss out on the party) but you’ll UP your personal chances.
If you do a post on your blog, when you are commenting this week, just add an extra 3 (separate) comments to the giveaway with the word “Blog Entry” in it and we’ll know exactly what you mean.
1 regular comment entry
3 bonus “Blog Entry” comments
Any extra comment options in the individual giveaway post
The possibility to have a lot of chances to win!
Lastly: We’ll be announcing all the winners on Monday the 24th so you have all week to visit all the giveaway posts and get your comments in. We will close all the contests on Sunday the 23rd at midnight Mtn Time. If anyone has any questions, just let us know.
That’s all for tonight and we’ll see ALL of you this week and GOOD LUCK!!!
Thank you again for an amazing first year
~ Rebecca and Joe ~
NOTE: Please leave your Outdoor Blog URL in ALL your entry comments so we can verify that you are a member of the OBN.
(Membership=a blog on the Outdoor Directory)