For Ohio teenager Blake Alma, he's already accomplished some of his 'goals in life'. As a youngster - he's only 16 - his dream was to "grow up and be a writer and an author". Check, and check.
Blake has authored five books about the outdoors, "The Outdoorsman's Bible", "The Hunter's War", "More Than Just a Rat Trap", "The Godly Outdoorsman's Devotionals" and "Harvesting Nature's Bait Shop" and penned several articles about the outdoors, survival techniques, trapping, fishing, hunting and camping. All of the books are available on www.amazon.com.
And Blake has expanded his writing duties by starting and hosting his own radio show, 'The Outdoorsman's Art Radio Show', and produced a website 'www.artofanoutdoorsman.com, podcasts, videos and more. His weekly radio show podcasts are available on nine different platforms, including: iTunes, Google Play, Tunein, Stitcher, Spreaker, Podbean, Player FM, Podcast Pub and Blubrry.
Young Ohio outdoorsman Blake Alma is building up his outdoor ‘empire’ by writing about his adventures in books, magazines and blog articles and hosts his own website, radio show, podcasts and more. Photo courtesy of Blake Alma
Yes, this kid is busy, and driven!
For a high school junior, that's impressive. Blake is the oldest of eight kids and the only one in his family who 'adores' the outdoors. He lives in southwest Ohio, in a suburb of Cincinnati. He says most of his outdoor skills are self taught. He reads of lot of books, magazines and other articles online, and watches many YouTube videos. He admires survival skills expert Dave Canterbury, who's also been a guest on his radio show.
So what drives this young outdoorsman and entrepreneur? "God fuels my love for the outdoors. Even though the outdoors is a place of enjoyment and pleasure, it is also a place that shows the glory and wonder of a Creator," said Blake.
Spending time outdoors also allows Blake to pursue another key interest in his life, and that's photography. His favorite photo he's taken is of his youngest brother, Zak, and himself. "We were squirrel hunting. Without hesitation, it's my favorite photo," said Blake, who snaps many photos for his books and articles.
Read more about Blake and his adventures through his website and podcasts. Also find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.