When I started blogging I scoured the internet to find Ag bloggers that I could look to for inspiration and advice. Like thousands of now regular readers I found Ree Drummond's blog. Ree, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, does a fabulous job of combining cooking, ranching, home schooling, and photography into a dynamic and always interesting blog. I am a regular reader of The Pioneer Woman's blogs and we actually have a lot in common  including cooking.


Jersey Heifer with a Curious Tongue
I've never been afraid to be myself! Even in Carhartt bibs.

Ever since The Pioneer Woman has gained notoriety in the blogging world I have seen hundreds of bloggers trying to hone in her energy and style. Ree is a wonderful role model for any beginner or more advanced blogger. I have her cookbook already and if she sold toilet paper I would probably buy that too.  Needless to say, I'm a big fan.


I also think that you need to find your own identity in the online world. I can't tell you how many blog descriptions I've read that mention channeling The Pioneer Woman. When I see that I struggle to go any further into the blog.  Even though there's a computer screen between you and the reader, we can see when you're not being true to yourself.  No one wants to read someone that isn't telling their own story.


One of the greatest things about blogging is you can truly be yourself and there is always someone who will find you interesting. I urge all of you beginning in blogging to find your own voice. There's nothing wrong with using others as inspiration but if you try to copy-cat everything people will find you boring.


There's nothing wrong with being yourself and telling your story the way you see it.  That's the joy of being on the internet and telling your story.  You're the only person that can tell it!

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Comment by Ashley Messing on February 20, 2011 at 10:18am
Thanks Laura! I totally agree with you. Sadly, I didn't make it to Cincinnati! I really wanted to but it just didn't jive with my schedule. I swear, I will meet Ree some day! :-)
Comment by Laura Lubeski on February 20, 2011 at 10:13am
I agree Ashley. It kind of defies the purpose of blogging if you can't say what you are truly thinking/feeling. Good idea to post this!
Comment by Leontien on February 17, 2011 at 3:09pm

Sooo, your going tomorrow to see her in Cincinnati??

She does a book signing i believe. There is a whole bunch of women/ladies going from

Indiana (all bloggers like us).





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