And why they are remarkable
Again, I asked a few hunting and outdoor bloggers to send me links to posts that have been remarkable for them (traffic, comments, feedback, etc.). The response was tremendous and I hope we’re adding value to the hunting industry with this series.
Feel free, as always, to share your thoughts in the comments section. Discussion is always encouraged.
Here is Part 2
Intimacy Between the Hunter and the Hunted
Blog/Website: Deer Passion
Original Post: Intimacy Between the Hunter and the Hunted
The thing I enjoy most about the Deer Passion blog is Elizabeth’s unique voice. Through her writing I feel as if she is strong, confident, and passionate about her life, her family and her hunting (of course). As a blog reader, I’m drawn to writers who possess these traits as their confidence shows through in their writing. And it in turn makes me confident in what they write about. And I feel more apt to share content when the source is credible and genuine.
Elizabeth, being a hunter, naturally shares a common worldview with her followers in the outdoor blogging community. It’s one thing to share a common worldview, but it’s an entirely different thing to be able to communicate your feelings on the worldview in a way that connects with others.
One thing I notice about popular blogs is that remarkable bloggers are willing to share their insight into the common topics of a particular worldview. People have a natural need for understanding and we seek the knowledge and insight of others when we’re trying to interpret information.
In this example, the topic of hunting in general creates strong feelings on both sides of the conversation. The facts are known, but people seek understanding of the facts.
In this post Elizabeth interpreted the facts in a way that made sense to those who share her common worldview.
You know you’ve given great insight when you get comments like Cory’s “Well, I’m going to just point people to this post when I get that question. I couldn’t say it any better” and Albert’s “If I was teaching a class on ethics, I would use this essay to illustrate the power of logic tied to rational emotions.”
This post was personal to Elizabeth. She was willing to share with her readers an experience she had. People are looking for other people who experience similar emotions and occurrences in their lives. People want to know they’re not alone. Elizabeth shared her experience with an anti-hunter.
By looking in the comments section of the post you can tell she isn’t the only one who has had this experience.
One thing you can use for your own blog posts is to simply use your own experiences as inspiration for your writing. Think about your life in the hunting world and interpret the experiences with creative language and you’ll find yourself connecting with others in the hunting industry.
Be genuine with sharing your feelings and people will be drawn to you.
You know I had to touch on this right? Her name does include the word after all. J Anyway, this post is on such a personal level that Elizabeth allows us to see a side of her life that she holds near her heart. It’s truly endearing when people are able to open up their emotions so that others can form connections with people who share similar passions.
The nature of hunting and survival are one of the most basic human connections that it’s natural for people to be passionate about it. Hunting will forever be part of the human race.
Elizabeth drew on those emotions and allowed her passion to guide her writing to create a truly remarkable post that many readers felt connected with.
This particular post actually got my emotional side a little uncomfortable…and that’s a good thing! I felt how Elizabeth felt. I felt good knowing that someone else shared the same worldview. I felt encouraged about the future knowing others were out there willing to improve the world of hunting.
To sum up this post, I think the author’s nickname adequately describes what she used to connect with her audience through her writing.
Sites and Sounds of Tara
Blog/Website: Marian’s Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc.
Original Post: Sites and Sounds of Tara
Marian has a unique voice and that’s what people are drawn to. Hunters are drawn to characters. Marian mentioned that she noticed the food plots along the side of the road during her trip. It’s a unique observation that not every visitor would pick up on. It’s a topic for discussion and without Marian; most wouldn’t have joined the conversation.
Journey and Adventure
I felt like I was along for the ride in this post with Marian!
One type of blog post I’ve always been intrigued by has been the story or adventure post. Good story tellers know how to bring the reader right along with them as they retell their adventure and experience.
Marian is able to use creative language to describe her unique observations of the trip in Tara’s Wildlife Lodge. Her observation of the egret and the boy are unique, but those details make the post endearing to readers and people connect with the story.
Use details to tell stories and take your readers on journeys and adventures with you. Make them a part of your experiences. It will enhance your connection.
Marian took some great photos during her trip. She shared them in her blog post. I know I often repeat the depth a good visual adds to a blog post, but it’s so important that if you don’t add visuals (graphs, photos, charts) to your posts you are missing out on adding deeper connection with your readers.
Visuals help readers understand and comprehend what the author is trying to share.
I’m sure you can come up with excuses as to why a post may not need a visual, but the next time you visit a blog, remember what your eye is drawn to first… J
Willingness to Help Others
Another thing I like about Marian’s voice is her willingness to share information that is valuable to her readers. She has a willingness to help others. She shares her experiences and tries to interpret her experiences in a way that will be beneficial to others.
This is an important thing to understand if you’re thinking about writing posts for a blog involving you and your hunting business.
Focus on your audience. Always remember that you need to add value to their lives. If you don’t they’ll ignore you.
Marian definitely has a unique voice in the outdoor community on the Web. This is what you can do yourself to carve your own niche in the hunting industry. You can create your own voice and it will actually enhance your connection with others.
This post from Marian is a wonderful example of the power of storytelling.
People will tell the same stories over and over for the rest of time, but the people who tell them the best are the people who get listened to.
Make sure you tell stories with passion and creativity and people will pay attention.
Great post, Marian! You connected with your audience on this one and your passion shows.
The Hunter’s Wife in a Tree Stand
Blog/Website: The Hunter’s Wife
Original Post: The Hunter’s Wife in a Tree Stand
Author: The Hunter’s Wife (Jody)
Jody is truly a one-of-a-kind voice in the hunting world. I love it when people see the humor in life. Jody loves laughter and her posts are all about bringing smiles to her reader’s faces. In a world where too many people focus on what’s wrong that it’s refreshing to see someone willing to laugh at themselves and focus on what’s right.
Jody brings a unique and wonderful experience to the hunting community. As her nickname (The Hunter’s Wife) implies, she lives the life of the better half of a passionate hunter. Coming from my perspective (as a passionate hunter), it’s refreshing to hear the other side of the situation.
Even in a tradition as old as hunting, there are unique perspectives and ways you can add to the conversation taking place on the Web.
Jody’s take on hunting is both unique and recognizable for hunters – a remarkable accomplishment.
As I mentioned before, Jody’s posts are all funny. This post is especially funny and smile inducing. The questions she pretends to ask her hunter are hilarious in their detail and accuracy. We can all imagining our significant others asking or listening to these questions. And it has to crack you up.
On a more general note, people like to feel good. People like to smile. One of the best ways to gain loyal followers to your Website or blog is to add a flavor of humor to your writing. Don’t be afraid to have a laugh at your own expense. It’s an endearing quality.
Humor is another personal emotion and when people are willing to open themselves up to humor they allow others to feel connected. And connections are the foundation of a strong blog.
When I started reading the question portion of Jody’s post I immediately thought of what it would be like to take a girlfriend (or at some point a wife) to the woods with me. So even though Jody’s story telling is from the opposite perspective as my own, she was able to connect with me as a reader.
Remarkable blog posts don’t have gender bias.
And laughter is not gender bias as well.
Everybody can laugh at the situation Jody describes in this post. As hunters or the acquaintances of hunters, we know the funny situations our lives present us each day and the best thing we can do is to laugh at ourselves.
This particular post isn’t long in format. It’s quick and gets its point across effectively. I like how Jody presented the questions in the main part of the post.
The questions are clever and strong enough to hold their own line of text within the post. It’s often more difficult to create simple sentences and phrases that are strong enough to hold their own line in a blog post. If you use effective language and writing you’ll be able to craft questions and phrases as Jody did for this post.
And remember that the best posts are often short and reflect the normal things you say in your everyday conversations.
Another key to honing your skills as a writer is Twitter. Keeping thoughts to under 140 characters is tough at times, but if forces us to keep our thoughts limited to only the words necessary.
Jody brings a great voice to her overall blog and this post was remarkable because she was able to both remain true to her perspective while at the same time finding a way to connect with others who make not initially appear to be of the same worldview.
This is something we should all strive for as writers. It’s not easy, but here is proof that it’s possible.
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