I started blogging back in 2007 after falling in love with The Pioneer Woman's blog, seems like forever ago.
History (in case you have never read my blog): I was a follower of Ree's in the early days and have benefited from her kindness and generosity many times. I first met her in person in Little Rock at her cookbook signing, in her re-cap of that evening she listed my blog with a notation that I was her "old Internet friend". Of course she did not mean old as in ancient because everyone knows we are spring chickens. People still click over from her site to mine, years later. She has sent me numerous P-Dub shirts and a signed cookbook for me to give away at our first Arkansas Women Bloggers meet-up last year. I adore her and am sure many women out there started blogging because of her.
In the beginning, I did not know how to do this blog thing so I just wrote about what I know- kids, park life, marriage, gardening, community involvement, my relationship with God (even though I am more interested in living my faith than writing about it), chickens, pigs, and goats, yes, it gets a little diverse. I was always concerned about getting more followers, posting every single day and carrying my camera with me at all times so I would not miss that hilarious thing that I just had to blog about.
Over the years I have found my own style and have sometimes been consistent and at other times, not so much. It seems that my kids want to eat, want me to play guns and Legos with them, oh and I have to educate them, no pressure there, ha! And, let's not even get started on the mess in my house. I finally took a breath and realized I am not a failure if I do not blog every day or my Google Analytics are not what I hoped for. Instead of blogging for my readers, for higher numbers or more recognition, I started thinking of it more as a love letter to my children, one they can look back on and see their childhood while knowing who their mom truly was through her words.
I have met so many wonderful, inspiring women through blogging, some I have never met in person: Strawberry Cake, Huckleberry Prairie, Fire Wife Katie, and more. Then there are the ones I have met in person and am blessed to call them friend: Fawn, Julie, Beth.