I don’t pay close attention to post count, so I missed the official 1,000 mark milestone. In the roughly seven years I’ve had this blog, I’ve written about everything from rat infestations to dog tumors and of course my beloved Simon. Some years I’ve written as many as 300 posts, while others I’ve barely scraped up ten. Mostly though, I’ve been obsessively consistent at bringing you all kinds of horse related content since late 2012.
Although at first I didn’t think I would be, I’m proud of over 1,000 posts. I have always had a tendency to create and ditch blogs (see various side projects that have fallen to the wayside). For me to stick with this domain for so long is an accomplishment in itself. If it wasn’t for all of you amazing readers spending your lunch breaks and traffic jams reading my content, I would have quit long ago.
I have mixed feelings on the content I’ve created here. Some ideas I concocted with blog friends were silly and fun in the ways I wanted them to be. Sometimes I acted or wrote a certain way so I could try to fit in with the “cool bloggers,” and it took me a while to realize that I’m never going to be an equestrian fashionista or “tack ho.” That’s okay. I’m me, and I can pretty much tell you that there’s only one Texan plus sized widow hunter princess with an OTTB jumper out there.
I’ve written multiple posts about what to do with this blog, sometimes asking for opinions and sometimes thinking out loud. At times I’ve thought about setting it aside in pursuit of “real” writing, but I’ve never been ready to call it quits. For someone who needs consistency to excel in life, this blog has been like a friend to me in my unstable personal world. When I write, I don’t think of anyone in particular or even the collected group. She Moved to Texas is an entity to me. Someone I talk to, think about and plan with. It’s not a novel, but I feel as closely attached to it as writers do to their fictional characters.
With that, you’ll notice I’ve done a little rebranding. I haven’t changed the layout since 2015, and I decided to take advantage of a slick new theme I found to upgrade. That’s why your blog feed was cluttered with beauty blog posts spammed from me all in one minute – the template I installed came with some pre-loaded content. Rest assured, my change in direction has nothing to do with how to get flat abs or select the right clothes for your shape. The new theme has encouraged me to do some much-needed organization, so hopefully it will be easier to find specific types of posts now.
When I started this blog 1,000 posts ago, I wrote about whatever I wanted when I felt like writing. Now seven years later, I find myself doing the exact same thing. I changed the tagline from “A Horse Blog in the Lone Star State” to “A Blog About Love, Loss & Horses” because that’s what I find myself wanting to blog about these days.
I write a lot about loss here and the aftershocks on my heart from losing Tim, but if you’re listening carefully – you know it’s really a blog about love. Love is both the creator of loss and the combatant to it. You can’t have one without the other, and for me horses are a constant fiber that help weave it all together.
So this formal declaration of newness isn’t really a declaration at all. I will still be here writing to my little blog, and whoever wants to jump on for the ride can join me.