Not Your Typical Blogger

Craig James | September 12, 2019

Call me behind the times, old fashioned, or out of the technology loop, but blogging really isn’t my thing.

It feels good to get that off my chest.

Now I will admit, at 33 I’m kind of an anomaly in the fact that I don’t own a home computer, my house doesn’t have a lick of Wi-Fi, and I’d rather pull weeds in the backyard than play candy crush on my cell phone. It’s who I am, and there’s just no changing it.

I’ve been blessed to write for GON for a few years now, and I jump at the chance for any assignment, and the chance for another adventure.

When I found out about the new blog pages GON has posted online, and the opportunity to have one of my own, I’d be lying to say that I was thrilled at first.

Let me explain.

I grew up reading GON magazine and my writing style has been heavily influenced by writers such as Daryl Kirby, Steve Burch, Ronnie Garrison, Daryl Gay, Brad Gill, Glen Solomon, and the list goes on and on.

There’s never been a shortage of writing talent at GON, and you can still read the works of some of the best writers in the business each month as you thumb through the coarse paper pages.

And I guess those coarse pages are what’s so magical to me.

Even now, I get excited when I see the latest issue in my mailbox, wondering what adventures it has in store, what new technique there is to learn, and the laughs I’m sure to have from Daryl Gay on the back page.

It sounds a little corny, but when I read the latest issue kicked back in my favorite chair, I can’t help but get lost in the adventures, just like the same 10-year-old boy who used to thumb from one story to the next dreaming of hunting public-land bucks in the mountains, chasing big redfish in the salt or flipping the grass in Seminole in search of a giant bass.

The internet isn’t as personal in my opinion, I don’t connect the same way in today’s click, like, and scroll onto the next thing mentality.

With all the negative I’ve pointed out though, there’s also some really good points with this world wide web reality we live in.

For instance, the other day I was more than thrilled when the late Glen Solomon’s GON podcast came up on my Facebook news feed. Glen went to be with the Lord a few weeks ago and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him personally or through his work in GON.

As I listened to Glen in the podcast, I’d be lying to say that I didn’t tear up a few times. Even with Glen gone, thanks to the internet I could soak up some final words of wisdom from him.

And as much as I love the old-fashioned paper magazine, the internet podcast managed to connect with me in a way that ink and paper simply couldn’t.

Here’s another example. I’m planning on doing a bunch of public-land hunting this fall, so the other day I gave the search engine a try on and was pleased to be able to pull up several stories from years past on my cell phone. As I sat eating my lunch, I was able to make a bunch of notes of areas to scout in the coming weeks, and in roughly an hours’ time I was able to skim through years of GON stories.

I must admit that was really cool.

And it has me thinking that…well…maybe the new way of doing things isn’t so bad after all.

With my new blog, I can connect with readers like never before. Leave me a comment, message me, tell me what topics you want to hear more about, The sky’s the limit.

I’m always going to be partial to an old paper copy of GON, and I’m not your typical blogger, but who knows…maybe all this new technology is a good thing. I look forward to hearing from y’all soon. God Bless.

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  1. Bowdaddy on September 20, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Thanks Craig, I too am not a internet person. I’m on NO kind of social media and life is so good. I know that I miss a lot by not being online but that’s okay too. Keep up the good work. You seem like a mighty fine man.

  2. bljames on September 16, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I am your biggest fan.

  3. markwilliams on September 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Looking forward to more, Craig

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