Shifting Gears On Rivers From Eden

Shifting Gears On Rivers From Eden

I got into blogging through fly fishing. In the mid 2000s I started a project just to document all of the cool trips I was going on either by myself or with other anglers in a fly fishing club I was very involved in. Little known to me at the time was that there was a thriving fly fishing blogsphere that was allowing non-industry writers (think Fly Fisherman, Field and Stream) to publish content and connect with each other. I was “discovered” through the Blogger search algorithm and started getting really supportive comments that encouraged my writing. All of a sudden people were reading my words and I felt encouraged to do better. As someone who always wondered what his art would be (assuming everyone gravitates towards something), I had an answer in writing, and because the internet loves images, photography.

Like most of the fly fishing bloggers of yore I tried to hold on through several projects as my tastes evolved. The most recent was “Rivers From Eden”, a project that would combine my desire to write and code HTML and CSS. I also built an accompanying Facebook page and paid for advertisements to grow the reach. I got it up to a little less than a thousand likes. I used the group to share the best internet content on fly fishing whether it be via video, podcast, or articles. I soon got bored of it. The bread and butter of generating content for a blog is sharing industry news, your fly fishing patterns, and trip reports. Now social media does that and it’s just a waste of time to comb through feeds finding share worthy content. I’d rather focus on the coding and the writing, so that’s what I’m doing now.

I will be deleting the Facebook Page for Rivers From Eden and concentrating on writing for my club newsletter and my standalone site. I think I might in the future invite others to write on it as well and reach out to those who want to publish on it. There’s no money and little exposure so it’s probably not going to excite too many people, but I’d rather concentrate on what I really like than half ass a bunch of stuff all at once.

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