Here is my opinion and a confession. I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feeling with this… Before I started my blog, I avoided blogs! If Google sent me to a blog when I was let’s say, looking up a recipe, I would immediately hit the back button and select a “more established” more reputable site. Honestly, I wouldn’t even give it a chance. And this is coming from a person who has a very close sister who has been a successful blogger for years! It is not that I didn’t respect what she was doing. I was, in fact, impressed with what she had accomplished and built. I even occasionally visited her site but probably not as often as I should have. Back then, I suppose many of the blogs I happened upon where just not for me plus I didn’t “get it”. Like the commenting thing. What? In order to comment I have to register with who? From those early experiences I concluded that blogs and bloggers had their own separate society and culture that was different than mine that I was more than fine not being a part of.
Enter The Pioneer Woman…
I was reading a lot after my son was born. I stopped working fulltime and there were long stretches without contract work. My home was running smoothly and my kids were napping. Ahhh, I love reading. So enjoyable. I picked up a copy of Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: a Love Story. It looked like an old fashioned story of love and life. I couldn’t resist. I did enjoy it which prompted me to check out her blog. I learned that she home schools her kids and her site provides resources for that along with many amazing recipes, beautiful images, and tons more creative, useful, and entertaining stuff. Then I discovered Design Mom and I though wow this is great too. Her site is full of culture and design inspiration. I wanted to be like these women! They completely changed how I thought about blogs. They also have many followers who are not bloggers which means they are changing the culture “out there” to be more open to blogs as a viable source of entertainment and information. I can only trust that this will continue to happen as more big bloggers are created and will ultimately benefit all bloggers.
What do you think? Please chime in!