This is a particularly good topic for me, because unlike many of you my blog (though horsey related) is not named after my horse or the equestrian world in general. So for this week’s blog hop by Viva Carlos we have…
What is the story behind your blogname/url?
I moved to Texas in spring of 2010. Though I’m originally from North Carolina, we had lived for the previous almost two years in Massachusetts and the experience was not awesome. We were looking for a fresh start, and I wanted to get back into some form of creative writing.
I’ve actually been a blogger since 2001, and ran a teenage personal blog (I know you’re so upset that this has since been lost) that I coded with PHP. On my Uptonia blog, I wrote about anything and everything I felt like. Blogs were just starting to become a thing in the early 2000’s and there wasn’t much competition. I actually got a decent string of readers and commenters by being little ‘ol me, and at once point had the #3 organic spot for “Lauren” on Google. It was me and Ralph Lauren, like the bff’s we are. Of course, this was before SEO really took off as a business aspect… man I wish I had taken a screenshot of those results!
Anyway, when I started blogging again in 2010 I also wrote about anything I felt like. Moving here was a big deal and something Tim and I pretty much did on a whim, so I decided on “She Moved to Texas” to personify my journey a bit.
Posts came in spurts and were then few and far in-between. My family and friends found it and loved it, and occasionally I would share some on Facebook… but mostly I found myself writing for an empty audience. If you’re curious, you can read a lot of these non-horse older posts in a sub-blog I created. When I made the “life” blog, I meant to keep it up with non-horse stuff… but that’s kind of moved to Selfie Sunday so those old posts just hang out off to the side for now.
So how did this become a horse blog? I’ve read a few horse only blogs for years, even before I started blogging here about Simon. When I got Simon I decided on two things – I wanted to blog about our journey together, and I wanted a blog that had a niche where I could attract readers who would stick around. See I’m a total validation whore… and I tend not to write unless I’m validated with visitors and comments! Call me vain, I am.
I felt like I could set out to create a quality horse blog, and that’s what I’ve tried to do. Many times I’ve waffled about changing my “She Moved to Texas” name to a more horse specific name, but I’m worried I’ll lose people in the change. What do you think readers… do you like SMTT or something horsey?