Hunting, Country Music, and Your Hunting Blog…
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If you’re confused about what these three things have in common,
I’ll let you in on a secret…
A great story!
Hunting, Country Music, and Your Hunting Blog are all avenues for sharing great stories.
Hunters can’t make it one beer without telling their favorite tall tale.
Country songs can’t get past the first line without providing a unique view of a timeless story.
Say what you want about David Allan Coe, but when you hear the words:
Well I was drunk the day my Mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
And before I got to the station in my pickup truck
She got run over by a damned old train
“You Never Even Called Me By My Name“
Great imagery. Great description. Great storytelling.
Just like a great hunting tall tale and like every memorable country song, every great business has a story.
Your hunting business is no different.
People engage with others when they have an understanding of who you are and what you’re about.
By telling your story to other people, you open yourself up to valuable connections.
A good story (your story) will be a way for you to open up to your followers and let them view a little bit of your personal side.
Here are a few ways you can tell your story.
Keep a business journal
Hunters that are successful year after year, keep a journal of their strategies and tactics. These hunters constantly refer back to these thoughts for insight into future success.
These journals come in handy when telling a big buck tale to a few buddies at the local tavern.
By keeping a journal, a hunter can refer back to specific details about the buck story.
These details will make for some captivating narrative with the boys over a few cold ones.
All great songwriters keep a journal of their thoughts.
At any moment, a phrase of thought can turn into a hit song that connects with millions of people around the world.
We’re all forgetful, so a great way to remember those brilliant ideas is to take a note (yikes! What a pun!) from country music writers and keep a journal of your thoughts.
Keep a business journal for your hunting blog.
You might not realize it, but your story is evolving. From the first day you venture out on your own to the day you pass your business onto your child; your story is being written.
Keep a journal to give yourself a reference to look back on.
Condense your story into a phrase
We’ve all been around that hunter before. You know the one…the hunter whose story goes on and on without end.
You think to yourself, “Just get to the end already”.
All good stories are short, to the point, yet descriptive.
The best hunting story tellers are the hunters who use few words to describe their great harvest.
As a listener, you feel like you are right there in the woods with them.
A great country songwriter has the same ability to use concise phrasing to tell her story and make a meaningful connection with her audience.
A great example is Alan Jackson with his song “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow“.
“Daddy won a radio/He tuned it to a country show/I was rockin’ in the cradle to the cryin’ of a steel guitar”
In the first phrase, AJ is able to bring the listener right into his world.
We’re right there with him; being brought up on great country music.
This is not an easy thing to do.
It takes a skilled wordsmith to tell a good story in a few short words.
You have to be able to tell your story in a few short phrases.
Yet you still have to grab the attention of your listener.
Keep it simple and honest
One of the difficult things to remember about a good story is that it’s often the simplest detail that makes a story the most interesting.
Often, we embellish or change a story because we think we won’t impress our listeners.
Hunters often bend the truth to make the conditions seem a little less favorable.
It was thirty below zero. The snow was blowing sideways. The buck was walking through the thickest brush on the property when I gently eased up my rifle…
Like the best hunting stories, country songs are best when they stick to the simple truth.
We’re all simple people and we relate to simple stories.
We imagine ourselves in the story of a song or the story of a big buck hunt.
The same truth pertains to a good hunting blog story.
Stick to the truth with your hunting blog.
Chances are you’ll make a deeper connection with your listeners because they’ll be able to see themselves in your place.
Be honest. Be detailed. Be brief.
Your story is an essential part of connecting with your audience.
You have to be able to convey your passion in a way that connects on a deep level with your followers.
Hunters are able to tell good stories because they pay attention to detail and remain passionate about the subject.
Great country songwriters and singers are able to connect with their audience because they have the innate ability to use melody and modest phrasing to reach out and capture their audiences’ attention.
Often in the first few words, story tellers are able to use literary devices and detail to grab listeners by the neck and pull them in for the entire narrative.
Your need to be able to do the same with your hunting business/blog/Website.
So what’s your story?
Share it in the comments if you’d like.
I’d love to listen to your story!
Here are five, six, seven, eight, nine great story telling country & western songs.
“Walkin’ the Floor Over You” Ernest Tubb
“Dust on the Bottle” David Lee Murphy
“Watermelon Crawl” Tracy Byrd
“A Broken Wing” Martina McBride
“Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” Kathy Mattea
“Dixieland Delight” Alabama
“I Don’t Call Him Daddy” Doug Supernaw
“Vidalia” Sammy Kershaw
“Meet in the Middle” Diamond Rio
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