I've heard that when you're starting to write a blog it's best to share with your readers 'Who you are', 'What you do', and 'Why you're writing a blog'. I personally don't know why anyone would care about the first two 'unknowns' (especially on a blog that I'm writing), but for those concerned individuals that will actually read this, I'll indulge you for a few minutes. Then we'll unpack the part I'm most excited about and that's 'Why I'm writing a blog'.
That's me on the far left...the one who looks like he just pooped himself. LOL My name is Josh Keiter and I was born and raised in Capon Bridge, WV. Capon Bridge is a small town just 20 miles west of Winchester, VA and it's where I still live and raise my family today. Growing up in this small town there really wasn't a whole lot to do other than play sports, work around the house and hunt. My dad, Wayne, was and still is my hero. His Christian values and example to me has molded me into the man that I am today. He taught me to love the Lord, work hard and hunt! My mom, Trudy, has a work ethic like no one I've ever met and as I get older and take on more responsibilities, I see more and more of her in me every day. I have one younger brother, pictured with me (he didn't poop himself), who lives in the Richmond, VA area with his wife and baby girl. After high school I made the best decision of my life and that was to not go to college. The opportunities I had before me to play baseball at the college level sounded like a great path to take, but looking back on my decision not to go allowed me to date and eventually marry my beautiful wife, Kara. Shortly after our marriage in 2001 we found out we were pregnant with our first child and in June of 2002 our daughter, Gwen, was born. The next five years flew by for us as we had three more children, Will in 2004, Mavis in 2006 and Hisely in 2007. We moved into our new house in 2005 on two acres and certainly enjoy raising our kids in that country way of living.
As for my career, I chose to dive into the world of computers. My first job after school was with a government contract working with the FAA in Herndon, VA. I was actually there when everything 'went down' during September 11th and I can honestly say it was one of the scariest days of my life. In 2003, I changed companies and began working for a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Winchester called American Woodmark Corporation. I'm still with the company today and am the Group Leader of the PC Support and Data Center Operations team responsible for the client solutions (laptops, desktops, etc.) for the company. My experiences with computer systems has helped me take care of a lot of the website and technical needs for SVOutdoors so I guess having a high tech redneck around is a bonus.
Speaking of SVOutdoors, I met Mike, our Producer, in the summer of 2013 and we 'hit it off' from the start. Our ideas and passion for hunting blended with our knowledge of camera gear and what it takes to shoot good footage and season 1 was a success from a lot of those ideas and hard work. Mike asked me late last year if I would help him with the decision making and day to day 'business' of running an outdoor show to which I agreed and have regretted it ever since. LOL Honestly, it's been one of the best 'hobby jobs' I've ever had. We hooked up with Dwayne Germer at the end of the season and the rest, as they say, is history. Being an executive producer for the show comes with a lot of responsibilities, but the rewards of meeting and working with so many great people in this industry has all been worth it so far. We're still a very young organization and TV show, but we're slowly seeing the benefits of our hard work and we can't wait to bring season 2 to you this fall.
I guess that's just about all I've got to say about me. Hopefully, it was everything you hoped it would be. If not, I guess you'll need to jump over to Michael Waddell's or Bill Winke's blog. That's just about as interesting as I get.
The exciting part of all this is getting to share my thoughts, opinions and experiences with you. My goal with this blog is to talk about anything and everything that pertains to SVOutdoors. Anything and everything pretty much covers anything and everything. Filming, hunting, shooting, sponsors, gear, tips, tricks, best practices, herd management, game laws, outdoor shows, etc. The list goes on and on. Before we start talking about any of that stuff, I want to make one thing very clear. I'm not a professional in any of these areas. You just read my life story above and no where did you read that I'm a game biologist, or a professional camera man or profess to be extremely knowledgeable in all these areas. That being said, I'm aware that my position or knowledge or opinions on a topic may not reflect yours, but it's what works for me. If in some way, I can make what I write entertaining or educational to you, then my goal with this blog has been met.
March seems to be slowly getting rid of these cold temps here in Northern VA, but we'll soon be out chasing long beards and scouting our farms for fall. No matter what you enjoy doing, I hope it's outside and with the people you love. For now, stay warm!
Shoot 'em straight!