Sunday, January 11, 2009

If you consider yourself my friend, read this.

In lieu of Farley's inspirational post, I have a proposal: Join me my friends in a quest to be heard by the helpless, those who long for adventure and substance in this mechanical world. You've probably heard me talk about my idea to start an outdoors focused publication on the UTK campus (think The Hangover sans slutty bartenders and doggy-style references.) and you've probably thought: Miller thats a sweet idea but you still suck and that sounds impossible and it'll never happen, and you're right about one thing. i do suck, but seriously i can't do it on my own, and I really want to atleast try to pull it off. I think it would be cool if it was more than just articles about hiking trails, survival tips, and new outdoor equipment. I would want Farley to contribute articles about new cool music, shows in town, or books no one has even heard of. I would want Rob to review new and old movies people wouldn't normally hear about, from someone who is their age and actually knows about film. I would want Bing to document his travels to awesome places in Europe, and even toot his political prowess horn. Think about how cool it would be if everyone on campus read what we were thinking about while they sat in a boring lecture class. If we mix all that together (outdoor adventure, books, movies, music, politics, humor, slack-lining!) people would eat that up faster than Farley devours honey mustard. I know its ambitious but atleast consider it and tell me what you think. We may not be able to get it going this semester, but I say we get on the ball and try to, if not then we'll have everything set for a Fall semester launch. Basically it would be little blurbs like you guys have posted, just on actual paper, but the outdoors would be on the forefront to attract all the mountain hardwear, chaco wearing people that make up a huge portion of the campus. Seriously, when you're walking to class look around and see how many people fit the type that would love our stuff, its ridiculous. Figuring out the logistics would be tough (design, buying and printing, advertisements, placement around campus.) I would bear the brunt of the crappy work since you guys have other stuff going on and it was my stupid idea in the first place. But with all the people we know I think it could take off pretty quick. Ben knows a shit-ton about graphic design and all that good stuff, and I don't think it would be super expensive if we got them printed at a local press or whatever, we would just start out with a double sided page probably, but if it was popular local restaurants and outdoor stores would pay us to put ads in there and eventually we could even make profit. who knows? I just think it would be a good experience. If we put the effort in by taking a little time away from facebook we could totally do it. Let me know if I'm stupid, but if you think its a good idea and you are serious about it you know where to find me. We need to spread the word, I want all the bueys in on this.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds incredible. I can't wait to 'blow people's minds,' with my political prowess, as House has accused me of trying to do.

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  2. The idea of leaving a legacy like that sounds pretty stinking cool.

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  3. also we need a title and a logo. all me and louderback could come up with is The Orange Outdoors Weekly (OOW). But i think we could do better. I'll leave the logo to ben/anyone who wants to try

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  4. You know Im in. I think this has the potential to be awesome, and even if it doesn't turn out to be the next Backpacker or National Geographic Adventure mag, it beats the shit out of using free time for porn etc. Not chasing a dream like that, even if it seems slightly over-ambitious or unrealistic, I think would be regrettable...

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  5. I'll be that conservative A-hole to battle all of Bing's points and to keep the average Liberal tree-hugger/man-on-man-lover hooked (you know we the people love confrontation). And how about "ready, set, HIKE!" or "recycled weekly"? But seriously, I'll help.

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  6. I disagree. with the conservative ahole

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  7. Apologies for the late response, Justin, I forget to check comment lines... I would love to help in whatever capacity I might be needed.

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  8. Although as my lack of posts have shown, I am still looking to find my niche in this quite cultured group.

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