Journal 2.0 - Your stories on The Outbound
Starting today, we're allowing all of our amazing community members to contribute stories to The Outbound.
Since launching The Outbound Journal, we've been inspired by the quantity and quality of submissions we get on a daily basis. As more and more people were eager to take part and share their stories with The Outbound community, we felt that there was a natural evolution to content on The Outbound.
Today, anyone can use The Outbound to share their stories.
We've opened up the Journal experience so that YOU can contribute stories, travel blogs, photo galleries, tips, camp recipes, and whatever comes to mind, whenever you want.
Why are we opening up the Journal?
We see a lot of amazing content from friends and community members that lives at places like "followmysoutheastasiatrip.blogspot.com". Unfortunately, without a community behind them, it can be difficult to share and surface that content. Additionally, we've found that we've been the primary bottleneck to our community sharing their stories. With that in mind, we've updated a few things about how the Journal works.
Stories vs. Adventures
Adventures are (and will remain) detailed guides about specific hikes, camping spots, or other activities. They include detailed information like elevation, distance, location, etc and live in the Discover experience. The problem is, adding an adventure to the site is a time-intensive, detailed process, and that discourages some community members from contributing.
Stories, on the other hand, are designed to be personal accounts, photo essays, trip reports, or really any outdoors and travel-related content you'd like to share with the community. It's our hope that we can provide a better platform for our amazing community members to share their stories.
New profiles and urls
Your new profiles now live at www.theoutbound.com/username, much easier to share and remember. The profiles have been simplified for a more 'portfolio/blog' type experience, with a focus on the content that you create. You can update your username in your Settings section. Stay tuned as we continue to update/improve your profiles!
All the stories you add will look fantastic on your new profile.
Our team will be following all submissions closely and featuring our favorites, so be sure to share your stories!
What should I write?
Anything your heart desires. Tell us a story. Keep a travel blog. Write about the best your city has to offer. Tell personal stories. Share hiking advice. Post awesome trip photos. Promote your latest video. It's up to you!
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.