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How, and Why, to Write a Blog

Blog by: Lloyd Tackitt , TX 12/13/2013

How - and why - to write a blog on FishExplorer

The art of writing blogs isn't really an art.  Well maybe it is, but it's not a difficult art.  Writing about fishing is easy, simple and actually fun.

1.  It's easy.  The actual work involved is really just a matter of moving your fingers ever so slightly on a keyboard.  Grammar and punctuation don't count here, we're fishermen not literary critics.  You can be as ungrammatical as you care to be, spell as badly as possibe - it don't matter.  Write the way you talk.  Imagine you're visiting a friend, in a bar, with a few drinks already behind you and a few more yet to come.  You're talking about fishing with your best friend.  You do it all the time - maybe not in a bar, but then again maybe you like bars as much as I do - just talking.  When you're just talking you don't get into a sweat about what you're going to say, you don't even think ahead about what to say next.  It's just a conversation, just a flow of words about a subject you enjoy, with people you like and that like you.  No pressure involved.  No need to be deep or wise or to try to seem important.  Just talking.  That's what it is to write on this site. Just talking like I am right now. 

2.  I would say "keep it simple", but that violates the rule that there are no rules for writing on here.  You don't have to keep it simple, you don't "have" to do anything.  But it certainly can be simple.  Maybe you want to write about the fishing day you had, or maybe about a fishing technique you like, or maybe you want to describe how quiet you noticed the outdoors to be on your last fishing trip, or maybe it's about your favorite fishing car.  It certainly doesn't have to be a move by move description of how to tie a fly - but it sure as hell can be.  It doesn't have to be an intricate story with a plot, but it most definitely can be.  Keeping it simple really means just writing (think talking) about whatever interests you at the moment. 

3.  I can promise you that writing (think talking) about what interests you at the moment is fun.  Talking to a friend that is also a fisherman is always fun, every time.  Writing about it (talking) to the fishermen on this site is just as much fun, sometimes even more fun than talking.  You do actually have an advantage here, you can change what you said if it came out wrong.  In a live conversation you can't do that.  Trip up on your words and your buddies will be merciless in poking fun at you, well at least mine are.  I probably need better friends but just can't seem to upgrade.  Now see if I made a statement like that to my fishing buddies they would throw things at me - and have.  Here you can just backspace and reword it.  So it's fun because grammar and stuff don't count and you have the happy ability to rewrite before anyone hears you.  You just gotta love that!

And here's the best part - every last one of us on this site will love to read what you're saying, because we're starved for conversation about fishing.  In large part that's why we're here, to read (think listen) to our friends talk about our favorite thing in the world.  In case you haven't figured it out yet (probably should re-phrase that but I'm going to poke at some of you just for grins) then I'm suggesting, almost begging (but not quite) that you - yes you! - jump on the keyboard and start jabbering away.  I'll listen, I promise.  We all will.  Hell we might even answer you, give you a nod now and then to let you know we're listening, and if you're really lucky we might call you names and throw things at you - cause we're all friends here.  Damn good friends that might give you a raw time and insult you, the way good friends do, but all in fun.  Grab a drink, bottoms up!  Then start talking.  We're waiting eagerly.

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Blog Comments
Flyrodn, 12/13/2013 10:24:49 AM
I fully agree. Any time one gets the itch to write, simply scratch it by wrting. Once I started, it got easier it got.
moosegoose, 12/13/2013 1:49:48 PM
Except writers block! That stinks
IceFishingFool, 12/13/2013 3:57:57 PM
Looking for something I can throw, all the way to Texas, but think I will put it down, its curved, and looks a lot like a boomerang LOL
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), 12/13/2013 5:36:56 PM
Well you know I'm just slumming, hanging out with guys that get to fish mountain streams for trout and all. If I didn't live where I live, on the bank of a beautiful river that is FULL of fish, I'd be in Colorado before you could say "scat". But baby, I have the life right here. Fishin sucks this time of year here, but come spring? Hoooawww!
JKaboom, 12/14/2013 11:19:07 PM
That's what we need in CO, another Texan LOL Well you all are better than the Californians at least..... Most people in Colorado aren't from here anyways, myself included.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), 12/14/2013 11:26:05 PM
I've heard that from up there before, that there is a large influx from Texas and California. Texas is drawing a crowd these days too, but they all seem to mostly become Texans after a while. I guess we rub off on them.
JKaboom, 12/15/2013 10:19:08 AM
That would be pretty neat if we could have you up or some of us could make it to one of your gatherings down there.
brookieflyfisher, 12/15/2013 9:05:37 PM
My attempt from the summer:
brookieflyfisher, 12/15/2013 9:06:41 PM
Writing is great. Makes things easier to remember and it can keep things in perspective.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), 12/17/2013 11:07:38 AM
Well I love to write. Not much of a speaker though. I'll make it up to Colorado one of these days...may have to stay a month just to scratch the surface.