Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.
Zombies, Back Hair and Spit Cups -- Welcome to Realtree's Editorial Meeting
The Realtree.com editorial team has just concluded three days of meetings, and can I just say that ours is unlike any other business meeting I’ve attended. Talk about laid back. It’s nothing unusual for some of our guys to spit big wads of dip juice into empty water bottles between comments on website analytics or content optimization. Only half of our team wore shoes at any given time, and conversation regularly drifted off track to subjects like the anatomically correct deer statue in the meeting room or Will Brantley’s excessive back hair.
We spent hours discussing story, blog and photo essay ideas, with much of our conversation going something like this:
Will: “Zombies aren’t real. We are not running an article on killing zombies.”
Tony: “You’ve gotta at least consider it for Halloween. Zombies are cool”
The zombie dialog went on for a good 15 minutes or so with Will getting angrier with each additional undead suggestion. Watching Will get angry is quite fun, so we all continued to offer different zombie-killing story scenarios just to hear him repeat over and over again, “But, zombies aren’t real!”
Sorry to say you won’t be reading anything about zombies on Realtree.com this fall. We also shot down a story about pooping in the woods, but we did spend the good part of three days planning out a great editorial calendar.
When we weren’t working we were playing. Pool was the game of choice, and we quickly realized that we were easily the eight worst pool players to ever gather around a table. Sporting clays and fishing were also on the agenda. The ladies had no problem beating the guys with both number and poundage of bass caught, which of course made us gals happy. We love shattering the spirits of our male counterparts.
All in all, we had an extremely productive and yet predictably uncouth meeting, but it’s that very combination that makes working on this team so much fun. I look forward to reading your comments on the stories and photos we post in the coming months. Please continue to let us know what you’d like to read about, and if zombie and poop stories would make your world a little brighter, please don’t hesitate to let Will know.