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On writing and new opportunities

I have been writing this blog for about four years now.  In that time, I have gained a lot of outdoor friends and lost a couple outdoor friends (I'm better off without the drama.) I have learned about hunting issues in Maine and looked beyond deer hunting to bear, coyote and turkey. I have been able to reconnect with friends who are now working for Inland Fisheries & Wildlife as well as meet new friends who helped me get a better idea of what was going on and what the impact was, as I sat in on legislative hearings regarding new potential laws to the Maine outdoors.

In my writing, I have always strive to be unique, honest and to the point.  I don't always do a good job of editing (I am working on that, I promise!) but I am improving and growing as an outdoors woman and as a writer.

In this process, I had the opportunity to blog for a state-wide newspaper.  My excitement and willingness was short lived as I (and others) were bounced from one editor to another to another.  I would inquire about getting more promotion for my posts and try to have timely and interesting materials that would be worthy of a Facebook post or a retweet.  But after a staff writer copied three of my blogs topics and posted and promoted his work, usually done within a week of my original posts, I decided that enough was enough.  I went back and forth with my editor and was told that because we write about hunting and the Maine woods, that we were bound to have similar articles.  I struggled about how I felt about the situation and my writing integrity.  I asked friends and fellow bloggers about it.  I wanted people to read my work because it was a reflection on my thoughts, experiences and feeling towards hunting and Maine. One week later, I gave my notice.

But, when one door closes...

I had been contacted by the editor of a hunting magazine back in January about writing for him because he wanted more women's voices.  I couldn't follow through then because I was four months pregnant and trying to stay awake past 5pm and function as a human was a daily challenge. 

Fast forward ten months and at a sportsman's show in October, I reconnected with the editor and we once again started talking about me writing for him.  After a few emails and an official query, I am the newest writer for the Northwoods Sporting Journal!

Beginning with the January issue, I will write a monthly column called "Woman in the Woods."  I am excited to reach a new group of outdoor folks and look forward to them stopping by Coffee to join in on our conversations!

I want to send a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who read this blog and comment on my adventures.  I really appreciate you supporting me as I grow as a writer and as an outdoors woman.  I hope you will keep reading and sharing this adventure with me!


  1. Congrats Erin. You will do very well and they are luck to have you.

    1. Thank you Matt! It means a lot to have your encouragement.

  2. Hooray! Looks interesting, I may have to get a subscription even though I'm 'from away'.

    1. It's a great magazine with a lot of integrity behind its mission. Some outdoor magazines in Maine can't say that.

  3. Good for you Erin..It's a great publication, now even better!

  4. good job! integrity always pays off.

  5. That sounds like a great opportunity.

  6. Congrats on your new job. I'm sure you'll do well.


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