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Happy Birthday Up’North

February 21, 2010

– It’s Up’North’s first birthday, and everyone is invited!

From our home base in northern Maine, to California, Alaska, Australia, Finland and even mother Russia, Up’North’s reach has extended far beyond my wildest expectations.

47,366 total views, over 300 rss subscribers, 474 posts, 690 comments, and over 800 different post tags resulting in a respectable presence on some of the Internet’s most popular search engines.

471 Twitter followers and 1,959 tweets, 340 Facebook page fans, and hundreds of Facebook friends from guiding, retail, conservation, and other fly fishing and even hunting backgrounds. Companies and organizations from L.L.Bean, Orvis, and many more have taken notice, some more than others. Quality friendships have formed with contacts from Minnesota, California, Montana, Alaska, Finland, and beyond.

In short, it’s been a very busy year for MaineFlyCastings.com. Countless hours, contributors, and helping hands later Up’North has grown from a spur of the moment idea and hobby to what could very well be a full time job. But while obvious growth on multiple levels has occurred, the goal remains the same: Spreading a love of fly fishing from the tiny confines of northern Maine to ANYONE who is willing to listen. While endless hours are spent in front of a computer, the heart and soul of Up’North still remains on the rivers, remote ponds, and lakes of Northern Maine. It’s all about best friends, good times, and the simple pleasures in life, and MaineFlyCastings.com further enhances these good vibes.

I am truly proud and extremely excited about how far this simple little fishing blog has come in such a short period of time. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. To my friends, family, and all of those who have shown me unfaltering support over the past year, I am truly grateful and honored. Many people have sacrificed time, money, and more to make Up’North such a great success, all without ever asking for a thing in return. These people are the reason that one year later, this tiny little blog from northern Maine is running like a well maintained Johnson 8, with no signs of seizing up or running out of fuel any time soon.

So, for the 474th time, with 6 new post tags,

Tight Lines, and Happy Castings.

-Ben

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 10:35 pm

    Nice work Ben. Keep on keeping on.

  2. February 22, 2010 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Up’ North. It’s been a fast year…..

  3. February 21, 2010 2:51 pm

    Just a great blog Ben..Looking forward to another year and hopefully some musky!

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