Real talk, some days I feel like horse blogs and blogging, in general, may be on an unstoppable downward trajectory. Even though I came back to my blog gung ho, keyboard swinging… I’ve had a hard time motivating myself to update. But—this isn’t a post about that. This is a post about blog friends.
The best side effects from the glory days of horse blogging when I went through my entire feed daily and wrote all the comments are the friendships. Through blogging, I’ve made connections and friendships that feel lifelong. Bloggers and readers have given me support beyond what I could have imagined. After Tim died, the generosity from the blogging community literally helped me pay my mortgage one month when I wasn’t sure how I’d manage otherwise. Luckily these days, things are better. I can focus on the fun part of blogger friends, whether it’s supporting each other on social media or texting about all things pony. Most fun of all though is when I get to hang out with my blog friends in person. That was the case this weekend when I had the pleasure of hosting Emily!
Through the magic of work travel in the before times re Covid, I’d met Emily for drinks a few times over the years. Since then, a lot has happened. Her story is her own, but we have a lot in common far beyond horses. Which was a metaphor for the weekend. In fact, this was the only horse that made an appearance during her visit:
Well, unless you count the time we spent watching Olympic cross country—aka gasping and repeating “Oh hell no” over and over again to the television between sips of Champagne.
Horses are the common denominator that brings blog friends together, but we stick to each other for way more than that. Horse people are passionate, driven, hard-working, and a little bit crazy (in the best way). In addition to that though, I’ve found the bloggers to also be empathetic, deep thinkers who really care about the people in their circles.
So of course, it was a fun weekend. And of course, we talked about ponies. But between escaping the Austin heat and trying to make sure Lucie didn’t try to jump in the plane with Emily to head back home (Lucie snuck into her room at night to sleep!), we covered a lot more than the hunters.
As I resume my normal day-to-day worklife, I wanted to take a minute to appreciate not only Emily but all of the friends I’ve made through this blog. I’m so grateful for all of those who have opened their hearts and often their home to me. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many of y’all, and hope to see more in the future. Whether we stopped blogging, kept blogging, or somewhere in-between, the people will always be the best part of this space. Though I love your horses past and present, I love y’all much more.