It doesn't do a very good job of explaining what orienteering actually is, how it works, etc... But I got a photo credit! :-P
Yeah, that's right! Your photo is almost as famous as the ninja prairie dog photo!
It's kind of a different article in that it goes into the people and their motivations more than the actual sport. I don't think it's going to get anyone to go look up their local orienteering club, but maybe a nice read for people who've been to an event or two.
Geeky guys who for some reason aren't ashamed of what they're doing.
Cool. But one thing to remember when talking to reporters: they are going to use the quotations that seem most unusual and most likely to keep a reader interested in reading the rest of the article. If we use a term like "geeky guys" or "running around in weird clothing", its exactly the kind of phrase that the reporter wants to use to keep the reader's attention - something that's out of the ordinary. I'm not ciritcizing. Its how we think of ourselves, and in fairness, maybe some of us are little embarrassed by being "geeks in pajamas".
But when we talk to reporters, we should try our best to avoid saying the weird self-deprecating stuff, and talk about the adventure, the excitement, the feeling of freedom and discovery, of visiting and exploring places that few other people get to see. And again, I'm not criticizing - talking to reporters ain't easy.
Agree that we should talk about all that other stuff (which I always try to do) but why should we avoid the self-deprecating stuff? I think it speaks to our target audience and feel like we should embrace our weirdness rather than hide from it.
Fine by me. I just don't want to embrace the cholla!
One fine thing about orienteers, I think we are very accepting and welcoming of each other's weirdness.
Some chollas just look so cuddly, it’s tempting to try to hug them.
Come to think of it, there’s probably someone out there who does hug chollas and we should definitely welcome them into the orienteering community.
Curve-billed thrashers love to nest in them. But I once rescued a young cactus wren that had gotten impaled on one. It semed to be fine once I got it unstuck.
J-J, if I end up explaining rule 34 to a reporter while talking about orienteering then I’ll know it’s time I backed off on embracing our weirdness.
I guess weirdness would be very prevalent in Orienteering’s SWOT analysis.