It’s only been five years, but it seems like a lifetime ago that I started this blog. Yep, this blog is now five years old and has gone beyond my wildest dreams, hopes, expectations. Lil Sis is the one who is responsible for getting me started doing this blog in the first place. She had to convince me that it would be a great way to further educate folks about life down here in the Louisiana wetlands and might eventually be good for business, too.
And she was right. By way of confession, she and I both were fans of Pioneer Woman, and I felt somewhat sheepish launching this blog with the name Bayou Woman. Doing so was more like a vote of self confidence, something I didn’t have in abundance having been a stay-at-home mom for so long. Of course, by September 2007, I had a published a couple articles in two regional outdoor magazines, so I should have been confident in my writing abilities.
I’m glad Lil Sis found Pioneer Woman, who in turn introduced me to the world of blogging. Amazingly, though, we had a couple important things in common: We were both home-schooling moms, and we loved photography. In the beginning, I was addicted to her blog. I read it every morning with my coffee and was especially addicted when she started her “From High Heels to Tractor Wheels” story of how she left the big city, married, and lives on a cattle farm in Oklahoma.
Ooooooook-la-ho-ma, where the wind goes sweeping down the plain, and also where reader Mrs. Coach hails from. And guess where she found me? In the comments section of the Pioneer Woman blog, if memory serves. And now, she has taken a trip down with her family, and we are like long-lost sisters or cousins or something kinful. (I made that word up, but I like it.)
Pioneer Woman inspired me by showing me that every-day things can be appealing to others. Granted, we don’t chop off calf nuts around here and brag about it or photograph them for the world to gag over, but we do our fair share of different and exciting things. But, as human nature goes, we never think our lives are of interest to anyone else somewhere else in the world, do we? Like reading the “Little House on the Prairie” series to my children years ago, I wondered more than once,
“Who would ever want to read about my growing-up years in Bossier City, Louisiana where we played in the drainage ditch behind the house, catching tadpoles and rode our bikes as far as we wanted collecting Coke bottles to sell back to Pak-a-Sak for 5 cents each, buying candy with the proceeds?”
I don’t know. Maybe 100 years from now, someone might find those stories quaint, funny, interesting, thought provoking, drawing them back to a simpler time. Compared to today’s technology, we were almost living in the Stone Age, it seems.
One of the reasons I stopped visiting Pioneer Woman was that her blog went from homey to commercial, which made it easy to focus my time here, on my own blog. While it was my goal to eventually get paid for writing this blog, I’ve not yet made the jump to commercial. IF and when I do, I hope that I don’t ever forget those of you who have stuck with me from the outset and have been very supportive of all my (sometimes feeble) endeavors and attempts at entertaining, informing, and rewarding you.
When I read comments from new visitors, (which you don’t always see because they are often on older posts), I always wonder how they ended up here. Oh sure, I can read the daily list of what key search words were used that led someone here, but it’s not the same as having the whole story. I already know how many of you came to be here, but you all don’t know this about each other.
So, here’s what I would like you to do. If you can remember how you came to be here, would you take the time to share the story with all of us? If you remember how long ago it was, etc. Sometimes we just chase rabbits online and end up in the coolest places, and that matters, too. And even though it seems very narcissistic, there are significant reasons this information is valuable to the future of this blog. And if you don’t mind, please tell us why you return. What keeps you coming back? What kinds of stories would you like to see more of? What intrigues you most about the life here?
These are the things I would like to know. And yes, there might be some changes on the horizon; but rest assured, I never want to lose the feeling of community that we have nurtured here. No matter how many new readers join us, I always want to remember with great appreciation those of you who visited and stayed in the first five years, encouraging me to keep this going.
I am going to be very busy this month with Bayou Woman Adventure fishing charters and running the film crew boat for another exciting project, which I’m under contract not to discuss until the time is right. So, posts might be few and far between, but I will try to recount our fishing trips to you, along with photos. It’s taken me two years to get the BWA’s to catch on, and I’m so happy to say that through this blog, Facebook, and radio ads, all three of my charters this month are with women who love to fish. I KNEW they were out there, it just took me a while to find them!
So, grab your coffee and get busy writing. I can’t wait to read the story of how you came to be a BW follower, and I look forward to many years to come!
Be back later,