I started “She Moved to Texas 2.0” in late 2012. It was then that I decided to focus solely on equestrian topics, and pitch myself as a purposeful “horse blogger.” Now almost four years later, I’d say we’re on version 3.0 of the blog. Version 3.0 is a lot less organized. I write about what I want when I want, and I care a lot less about comment numbers or views these days.
In the height of my 5-day-a-week-horse-blogging, I read a lot of equestrian blogs. My blogroll had about 250 total, and I religiously read and commented every day (sidenote: don’t tell my boss this). Of course I still read a lot of these blogs and leave comments when I have something to say/congratulate/commiserate in, but the daily chores of blogging have gone way down for me.
Spending all that time perusing horse blogs gave me a greater perspective of the horse world that I don’t think I would have received just in my own barn or group of horse friends. Maybe it’s because I’ve stepped back a bit or maybe it’s a side effect of my overall ruminating about life these days, but lately I’ve been thinking about what I learned reading all your blogs.
Before you accuse me of pointing fingers, I think that every one of the below statements reflects me as a blogger and/or person at one point or another. No glass houses here, I promise.
What I’ve Learned From Reading Horse Blogs
Horse people are smart, driven individuals who know how to get what they want. We make friends easily with each other because the idea of coming home after work to do nothing but watch TV every night makes life seem empty and meaningless, but not a lot of people seem to get that.
No matter how far you feel from your goals, someone out there wishes they had your horse / your skills / your resources at this exact moment.
“It” girls, cliques and name brands… not just for high school.
Good writers appear in real life exactly how they seem on their blogs. Exceptionally good writers can mask their personality – for better or worse!
Horse blogs open up the world to your relationship with your horse. Sometimes the world is going to think your horse is that bad boyfriend you need to dump already, but sometimes it feels like we have an open window to witness something special.
It truly does not matter how much your riding clothes or tack cost. Show reports are my FAVORITE. I never not read someone’s show report. I also have never looked at an outfit and thought, “Man she would be a lot better turned out if that coat was an Animo instead of Equine Couture.” If your tack & clothes fit and are clean – you are FINE. Never worry otherwise.
You never know how much support you have until you let yourself be vulnerable.
Fixer personalities (me me me!) have a really hard time reading someone who’s struggling with their horse. It’s almost always impossible to help from across the country, and attempts to “help” often come off well… not helpful.
Just because a horse might be awkward and a little gangly, doesn’t mean he can’t be absolutely fantastic.
I learned some rules of memoir writing when I took a class earlier this year. One is that writing drenched with anger and/or self-pity will drive people away. In my experience, the same is true for blogs.
Finally I will say that the knowledge, compassion and empathy of the horse blogging community knows no bounds.
Have you picked up any pearls of wisdom from your time in the horse blogging trenches?