" It started with two words that stuck in my brain 'Adventure Bent' the rest is history"

What a year – Adventure Bent turns one

What a wild ride this first year back at blogging has been. Today the Adventure Bent celebrates its first anniversary. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was clicking publish on the first post.

“Hello world,” I wrote. “Welcome to the Adventure Bent blog.”

In those early days, I had no idea where this was going or whether or not I would still be doing this in a year. It didn’t matter as long I was could start writing for pleasure again.

Those of you who know me well may find that a little strange given that I write for a living. I do take pleasure in my work at the paper, but at the end of the day it was still work, and I wanted something more.

It started with just two words

This was our first official Instagram post after the blog went live. 

It started as a passing thought in a laundromat of all places. Two words “adventure bent” stuck in my brain. I couldn’t help but think what a good name for a blog it would be.

So in June 2016, I took a risk and launched the Adventure Bent blog. With Niecie’s help and support, I started writing. All because I had these two innocuous words stuck in my back of my head.

I wrote about our adventures out West that spring, about hiking and camping, about our misadventures off-road in our faithful adventuremobile and our trials keeping the stubborn thing running.

Around these stories, we’ve started to build a community of like-minded people who share our passion for adventure and the outdoors.

Our goal now and in the future

Camp | Hike | Overland | Adventure Bent

From the beginning, the goal was to share our adventures hiking, camping and traveling the backcountry in the hope of inspiring others to find their own, whether they be right in their backyard or at the ends of the earth.

In just one year we published 50 blog posts, collected more than 150 comments (including some of our own of course), reached more than 1,300 people on Facebook, 1,500 on Twitter, nearly 600 on Instagram and we’re still connecting passionate and adventurous people every day.

Better together

Niecie and I work as a team to share our stories. This one was from our trip to Moab last year. This year Niecie is taking a more active role on the blog as we work toward offering more audio and video content.

I may do most of the writing for the Adventure Bent blog, but I have to give a lot of credit to Niecie for making it possible. Without her help, encouragement and constant companionship along the way, I would have given up months ago.

This year Niecie will be taking a more active role in content creation. We want to give you guys more than a few photos and text each week and are working to find ways to integrate audio and video into our story telling.

We’re a team. We are adventure bent.


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Comment and share

So tell us in the comments section:

  • Have we inspired you? If we did how?
  • What do you like most about the Adventure Bent blog?
  • Do you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? If no why don’t you check us out?
  • Have you subscribed to our weekly newsletter? I hear that people who subscribe are more likely to do adventurous things.

If you liked this story please consider sharing this post with your friends on Facebook Twitter or your local hiking club. It really helps us to write more posts like this.

More to come

Come back next week to find about Niecie’s favorite stories from the last year. Don’t want to miss it? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. When you do we’ll send you an email update with our latest posts.

Here is an excerpt from her first post:

The badlands were a happy coincidence, where we found a beautiful camping spot in a valley of green and sedimentary rock. Bison, prairie dogs, sheep, and antelope roamed the hills while fellow travellers hiked on the nearby trails….

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  • Boots on the Trail

    You have a very well done, professional looking site. I’m surprised you had any doubts about starting it! Happy Anniversary!

    June 15, 2017 - 12:52 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thank you so much for your continued support. My job at the paper is very time consuming, so it was hard to picture myself taking on a project like this. I am glad I did. I really enjoy your blog as well. Your hiking trips inspire me.

      June 15, 2017 - 5:58 pm Reply
  • One man and his Mustang


    June 15, 2017 - 3:08 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thanks for your support. What do you like most about our blog? We enjoy how you are constantly finding ways to improve your Mustang. I really liked the blue dash!

      June 16, 2017 - 10:54 am Reply
      • One man and his Mustang

        I like the wide range of topics, I never what your going to write about. Interesting and engaging writing too. Well done.

        June 16, 2017 - 11:19 am Reply
        • tobiasmann

          I am glad you enjoy the variety. I wanted flexibility. As for the writing, I could say the same thing about your’s. I think engaging writing comes from impassioned people and I’d definitely say you’re a passionate person. You have to be to take on such a daunting project. I can’t believe where you started with that Mustang.

          June 16, 2017 - 11:23 am Reply
  • usathroughoureyes

    It is awesome reading this post Tobias and Niecie. CONGRATULATIONS! Yes you are inspiring us by persevering and living out your dream as a team and not quitting. We think many believe, or at least we did, that oh, we’ll start this blog and have a million followers by the end of the week, lol. We quickly learn its much more than that don’t we. You are testimony to working hard, caring about people, not pursuing the number of likes but rather building relationships with people and sharing your journey. It is going to be great seeing you grow in photos and video. The ole saying fits here…. “Winners never quit and quitters never win”! You two are winners.

    June 16, 2017 - 9:12 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      You’re absolutely right. Winners never quit and quitters never win! We think that you guys are winners to! Your travels are always a great source of inspiration for us and push us take more trips even if they are short.

      When I started this blog I had no expectation of having hundreds of followers by the end of the week. I had years of experience building a community around a blog, but had made a lot of mistakes. My first major blogging project didn’t hold my attention well and it would sometimes go six weeks between blog posts. I was determined to change that when I started this blog and so far it is paying off.

      A lot of my success recently has been from following the ProBlogger podcast and learning about ways to keep you and other readers more engaged and connected. You might enjoy the podcast too.

      June 18, 2017 - 11:45 am Reply
      • usathroughoureyes

        Good work always yields success so we are glad to see you are proving this fact. Sounds like a great podcast. It is so important engaging with our readers and building relationships. That closeness helps us learn and grow.

        June 18, 2017 - 12:04 pm Reply
  • penncosect24

    Congratulations on your first-year anniversary! I can hardly wait to read more from both you and Niecie! And wonderful photos. For those of us who cannot travel, your photography is just like being “there.” Reading your blog does, in fact, make me more adventurous!

    June 16, 2017 - 1:04 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      We always like to say there is are adventures waiting to be found. Whether you find them in your backyard or at the end of the earth doesn’t matter. They are still adventures. You don’t have to travel to make new discoveries.

      Many of your blog posts feature new discoveries and plenty of amazing photos found right in your backyard. I am glad our blog has made you more adventurous.

      Keep on exploring.

      June 16, 2017 - 3:06 pm Reply
  • weekendcampervanning

    Happy Bloggiversary! Wish you and Niecie all the best with your future adventures, looking forward to following along. Love the name of your blog, too.

    June 17, 2017 - 10:13 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thanks! Your blog is excellent as well. Great photos. We’re happy you have decided to follow along. Maybe we’ll be able to inspire each other.

      June 18, 2017 - 11:20 am Reply
  • Mary Raymond

    Thank you for sharing. I love reading about other people’s adventures. Your writing style is engaging and I am so happy to have found your blog.

    June 18, 2017 - 7:40 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      We are glad to hear you enjoy the writing and our adventures too. If you haven’t already please consider subscribing to our weekly newsletter to stay connected with our trips, projects and plans.

      June 18, 2017 - 11:22 am Reply
  • Anabel Marsh

    Sounds like a great year! Thanks for visiting The Glasgow Gallivanter.

    June 22, 2017 - 12:34 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      It really was Anabel, and thank you for checking out Adventure Bent. Travel is a passion of ours so I really enjoyed checking out your blog and seeing the fabulous photos of Budapest. I’m looking forward to see where you go next.

      If you haven’t signed up for our weekly newsletter I would really encourage you give it a try. If you don’t like it you can always unsubscribe.

      June 23, 2017 - 10:37 am Reply
  • Lauren Schilling

    Happy anniversary!! And many more happy adventures!

    June 25, 2017 - 10:45 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Thanks Lauren! It’s been an exciting year for us. We hope we’ve done a little to inspire you in the last year. If you’re new to Adventure Bent we’d like to encourage you to sign up for our recently revamped email newsletter.

      June 25, 2017 - 4:05 pm Reply
  • Rowena

    Your blog name is perfect for what you write about. I intend to spend a great deal of time here, which is very annoying because I’ve got stuff to do. Curse you, Adventure Bent.

    June 29, 2017 - 2:14 pm Reply

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