Dear PPF Readers,
Today I come to you with mixed emotions.
I am saddened because this will be my last official post on Payne's Paddle Fish. The last two years has been a wonderful time of growth, friendships, business relationships, expanding horizons and frankly a huge lesson in humility. (Nothing quite humbles you and/or angers you like internet trolls.)
I have been blessed in my time to work on my craft, make a plethora of new friends and help others learn from my mistakes. That's all this little blog was ever really about. Many of you have been with me for most of the journey. I am thankful for you. You kept me motivated when a block would set in. You kept me motivated when discouraged. You reminded me it's just fishing.
Through the hard work, the stubbornness, the refusal to bend the truth for sales numbers or freebies I developed a bit of a reputation. A truth teller. I will always call a spade a spade. I firmly believe there is no perfect product, no perfect tournament and no perfect angler. We all have our flaws. Some of us (I'm looking in the mirror) have more than others. It is important to be tactful in recommending improvements. It is also important to avoid heaping praises upon something to remain objective.
To that end, I am ending this blog to better myself. Not having anyone editing your work can cause you to become lazy, comfortable and benign. I don't want that. I want to continue to progress in my communication. I want to talk about issues as a mediator in the industry. I want to introduce you to products I have previously not had access to. I want to take it to the next level.
That next level is what I am excited about. The little engine that could is getting an upgrade. I will continue my weekly column "On the Line" over at YakAngler and as of next week will be a weekly contributor at Kayak Fish Magazine. In order to do both, and do them well, I need to be able to dedicate time for writing, editor revisions, covering events and the like. This is time that PPF would not allow me.
Along with the transition is a new branding that I will be using on all of my items produced as I continue to grow in the outdoor writing world. This is all very new and in its infancy as of yet but combines all of the many things I do in the outdoor media fields under one header, a roof if you will.
Moving forward, rather than my branding being PPF it will be Chris Payne Outdoor Media. This encompasses writing, product testing, videos, photography, workshops, design, consulting and public speaking. Previously all of these were done from various names, groups and scattered branding.
Hopefully you will see this mark more throughout the next few years.
I am grateful to all of you who have been reading over the years, to my business partnerships and affiliation for their tireless support and for my friends who keep me balanced, humble and strving to be better.
Thank you for everything,