Trailblazer [trail·blaz·er] (noun): one that blazes a trail to guide others, pioneer (Merriam Webster Online dictionary)
So back when I decided, “hey, lets start a new blog!” I had a few concepts:
- Share valuable info with prospective adventurers & beginners
- Be a platform to give expeditions more exposure
- Promote the adventure tourism industry
- Provide interesting random snippets.
My first choice name, which was available / for sale landed way out of my budget and after a long brainstorming I decided that trailblazer describes what I want to achieve pretty well. So I checked it out! Eventually I landed with trailblazerguide, a bit longer but more descriptive. This post attempts to recognize and acknowledge all others who came up with their own derivatives of this original name for their initiatives.
Site with content related to the original meaning of ‘Trailblazer’:
1. The Whitewater Rafting Guides
http://www.trailblazeradventures.co.za/ These guys rock. Book a trip with them down the mighty Umkomaas River in South Africa. They also offer other adventure activities.
2. The Week Long Young Adult Camp
http://www.trailblazergathering.com/ You can hang out with unschoolers and autodidacts in Asheville NC, and opt in or out any or all of the activities on the busy schedule. actually quite interesting – maybe I will dig deeper into this one later.
3. The Printed Tourist Guide Book
http://trailblazer-guides.com/ For the self supported and independent traveller that wants to read all about the destination before getting there. This can be a very valuable resource for short notice impromptu travels to unknown destinations.
4. The online retail adventure store
http://www.shoptrailblazer.com/ Tech Trailblazers is an online store with various well known brands. Also various walk in shops in the US.
5. The Sport Event
http://www.trailblazer.org.au/ Yup, in Australia you can partake in the Trailblazer Challenge.
6. Wilderness Education
http://trail-hiking.co.za/ Trailblazer is an outdoor pursuits , adventure and wilderness education company based in Cape Town, South Africa.
7. This Blog
http://trailblazerguide.com/ About adventure guiding, expeditions, and how to get into adventure.
Somewhat strange ways to relate to ‘Trailblazer’
1. The Antelope Valley ISP
http://trailblazer.com/ My real first choice. But apparently some ISP support centre in Antelope Valley controls it and completely underutilize it as a web page.
2. The SUV
http://www.chevrolet.co.za/cars/2013-trailblazer/model-overview.html This Chev has been around in the US from 2002 to 2009, and after being discontinued in the US, it became a new model in South Africa and the Phillipines! I guess the name choice is maybe not so strange from a marketing perspective.
3. The Pro Basketball Team
http://www.nba.com/blazers/ Yup, ignorant me now also knows that the (trail)Blazers are a pro NBA team.
4. The Muso
http://trailblazerr.bandcamp.com/ Yup, trailblazerr is a band, with the following published albums: Guyonetics, America, Harry Talin is a mess, Successor, S/T 7 inch, and S/T Tape.
5. The European Transportation Thing
http://www.trailblazer.eu/content.php TRansport And Innovation Logistics By Local Authorities with a Zest for Efficiency and Realisation.
6. Google is also on the trailblazer bandwagon
http://www.google.com/edu/programs/trailblazer/ Some kind of intercollaborative computer science education initiative.
7. The Campus Newspaper
http://trailblazer.mnubox.com/ Trailblazer Times – MidAmerica Nazarene University’s newsletter.
8. The Black Empowerment Showcase
http://trailblazers.citadel.co.za/BooksVideos/default.aspx The financial group Citadel trademarked the name ‘trailblazers’ and used it as part of a glamorous campaign showcasing black business leaders in South Africa. Meet the South African Black Elite.