I was watching the finale of Season 7, The Next Food Network Star, last night (Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, won, in case you missed it), and something that was announced grabbed my attention.
Premiering on Aug. 27 will be a new show starring The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, who has penned an immensely popular cookbook, memoir, and children’s book. She’s billed as a sassy, spoiled city girl turned rancher’s wife and home-schooling mom of four; her show will spotlight home cooking and life on the ranch.
What’s amazing to me is that Ree is a blogger. But not just any blogger.
She gets more than 20 million page views per month and received the Weblog of the Year award for 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Talk about a following!
Seriously, I can hardly fathom having that many people devouring my words on a regular basis. How does she ever keep up with the comments?!?
When I started this blog (shortly after returning from a Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive in October, 2009), I did so with a great deal of trepidation. I’ve written practically all my life, but the idea of putting my thoughts and words “out there” for all the world to see kinda gave me the heebie jeebies (yes, that’s a word — look it up!). The last thing I wanted or needed was having a bunch of strangers creeping on me.
Over time, however, it became apparent that the people reading my blogs were, in many cases, very much like me. As I read their thoughts and words in return, and as we commented on each other’s posts, I began to feel a kinship with them. I prayed for them, looked forward to learning more about them, and began to hope that somewhere along the line, maybe we’d actually meet in person.
That hasn’t happened, yet. But it’s okay. You don’t have to see friends every day to remain connected.
I’m thankful for every single one of my readers — whether they leave comments or not, whether I know them personally or not. They make me smile, or laugh out loud; they give me new ways of looking at things and advice when I ask for it.
Writing can be a lonely task. Knowing there are others traversing a similar path makes the journey more pleasant.
So go ahead and leave a comment. How can we connect if I don’t know who’s reading and what you’re thinking?