Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why Outdorky? About The Name

I was editing my new bio blurb and misread “outdoors dork” as “outdork”. After a pause (gears turning), I literally put my hands up in the air. Ahhh!!! Ahhh!!! That’s it! One word that encapsulates exactly what I’ve been trying to express for the last 3 years: my effusive, unmitigated, and sometimes unhealthy love for the outdoors. Even if it does sound a little bit like a website for nerdy gay men (who are also totally welcome here), I’m okay with that.


This blog started as "The Funemployment Blog", which is a name I stole from a New York Times article and seemed wrong for what I was trying to do almost from the start but I needed to name the project something, so that happened. Eventually I couldn't take that any longer so Beylah and I sat down over a weekend and came up with "Backcountry Bliss". It worked well, but it never quite felt right.


Deep down in my soul, I am a dork for the outdoors. People claim often to be a music dork, or board game dork, or whatever. Honestly it's a little overused, which is why I'm a little shy about using it here.

I can say, here at least, it comes from a place of authenticity though. The name is not intended to be detached in a cool and totally-socially-acceptable hipster way. For me, being an outdoors dork is frequently awkward and alienating. Given an opening in conversation, I’ll jump at talking about redwood trees, or topo maps, or goretex jackets like a dog let off the leash. I swim in the minutea of the outdoors community. My dresser is littered with trail maps, my desktop backgrounds are photos from our trips. My daypack is always packed. I love this stuff, I carry it in my heart, and nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing it with others.

Sure, I’m a little too into it but it’s also really deeply fulfilling for me. I’m at home in the outdoors like nowhere else. It does make me a dork, but I’m more than happy to embrace it. The good and the bad. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

So... Let’s dork out. Yeah?

4 comments:

  1. "Sure, I’m a little too into it but it’s also really deeply fulfilling for me. I’m at home in the outdoors like nowhere else. It does make me a dork, but I’m more than happy to embrace it. The good and the bad. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one."

    Nuff said.

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  2. Just discovered your blog researching elevations for the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, which I just finished, and I feel like we're pals already! Looking forward to reading all your back-posts!

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    1. Don't go too far back! Some of the early stuff is upsettingly bad!

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