I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that the blogger behind Steve Creek Outdoors is Steve Creek. Steve is an Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. His images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow. You can read more about his approach to photography in the Spotlight on Steve Creek, a feature similar to this one on marcbenton.com.
I first met Steve on twitter (@screek). You can also find him on Facebook, as well as on his blog. Steve, thanks for participating in our blog feature. Let’s start with our most basic question: why do you blog?
I am always outdoors walking around and viewing wildlife and during this time outdoors I was seeing some amazing stuff. I mostly shared this with my family and friends via email. I thought that I would start a Blog because this would make it easier to share with everyone. I started out with Blogger which was easy to set up and I enjoyed that for a few years but after awhile I started noticing that people I didn’t even know were enjoying my wildlife photos. I think it was back in 2007 when I bought my domain name and started using wordpress so that I could have better control on how my site looked. I enjoy photographing wildlife and to be able to share this with everyone was awesome.
Since I started blogging I have met some pretty awesome people over the years. Some were wildlife photographers but most were just people that like seeing photos of wildlife. Through my blog I have also donated lots of photos to different organizations that wanted to use my photos for teaching purposes.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
The best thing for me about blogging are the people that come to my site on a regular basis. This makes me feel that my blog is worth coming back to.
What do you like least about blogging?
One of my favorite wildlife to photograph are birds but some of these birds are very hard to identify. Sparrows are the most difficult for me. I hate to get it wrong. I know and hope that if I do name one wrong that someone will let me know but this does give me a little stress.
How has blogging changed how you think about nature?
I have always had respect for nature and I am so glad my parents got me outdoors at a young age. So my answer to this question is that it has not changed my thinking but it has given me hope that when someone comes to my blog and views my photos this will maybe get them outdoors to witness what nature has to offer first hand.
How do you promote your blog and attract readers?
I mainly learn what others are doing like placing a link on sites like Nature Blog Network. I also read a lot about Search Engine Optimization. The biggest thing that has helped my blog to grow even more is Twitter. I have met a lot of great people. They have helped me more than they know. I look at Twitter as having access to a lot of photographers, birders, and wildlife experts. I have just gotten started on Facebook and that has helped some.
Editor’s Note: If you’d like to see the rest of the photos in this series, go to http://stevecreek.com/catfish-dinner-with-an-uninvited-guest/
How would you describe the nature blog community?
I think people who blog about nature truly care about protecting what we have and trying to share the knowledge that they have. I follow quite a few nature bloggers that I really enjoy and can’t wait to read their next post.
Any words of wisdom for new nature bloggers?
I actually had another blog that was doing great and I made a big mistake and didn’t have it backed up and lost several years worth of posts. So my advice is to make sure you back up your blog. Just think how you would feel if after a few years you lost all your post and comments.