Lately there has been some controversy on the WFN Ambassador point system. I agree that the point system is flawed but are we really doing these blogs for the points? I do it for my love of fishing. Some people are upset that some ambassadors copy articles word for word from fishing magazines and get the same 10 points they get when they break their butts putting together an original blog. I don’t blame you for being upset. The points don’t mean a thing. According to the WFN Ambassador rules “Each ambassador and their blogs will be evaluated based on creativity, entertainment value, quality and overall informational value”. If someone has a million points by plagiarizing magazine articles or videos they will not get the recognition from WFN. One of the biggest rewards for me was when I opened up WFN’s home page this morning and I saw the article I wrote on striped bass fishing yesterday featured on the home page. I am 60 years old and the reason I joined the ambassador program was to try and share some of the fishing knowledge I have accumulated over the past 50 years of fishing. I am more of a hands on guy and I could take you out on my boat and have you catching fish in no time flat. I have some difficulty transfering this information into a blog. I don’t know what WFN saw in me when I was named a Top Ambassador in June but I’m grateful for the recognition. I write blogs on inshore saltwater fishing and according to a recent survey only about 23% of the readers of the WFN website are saltwater anglers. I know that I don’t get read that often but I still enjoy writing the blogs. I follow several ambassadors blogs daily even though I don’t do much freshwater fishing. I like the wit and sarcasm of Ron Nord and the passion of Donnie Cooke. I also follow Jamie Antoine and Mark Bilbrey these guys put a lot of reaserch and the love of fishing into their blogs. These 2 guys are something special, their blogs are better than most articles that you will find in a fishing magazine. I will never accumulate a lot of points because I don’t belong to Facebook, Twitter, I don’t own a video camera and I forget to bring the camera on the boat half the time. Let’s forget about the points have some fun and write the best blogs that you can. If you work hard you will get the recognition from WFN, now let’s get back to talking about fishin’.
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