Sounds like you skipped The Marlboro Woman dot com. Otherwise, you might know
the other side of the story about Ree Drummond.
The Pioneer Woman documents her life--imperfect, messy, day-to-day, the joy, the
missteps--no one is perfect. We just pick ourselves up and move on. The
Pioneer Woman blog may not be for everyone, but the point is to start one's
own blog and to be honest...admire the woman for honestly and enthusiastically
telling her story!
I love my own blogging attempts. I kept it and even started two others for my
own family. It is a way to keep your life on record. I don't have time to
read many others than family's. It is wonderful to go back and see what we
have experienced, our triumphs, losses, life events, etc. When I
was a child my mother had several of those black large photo albums full of her
ancestors, great grandparents, grandparents and parents. I know that is where
my interest in family history came along. Now I have those photos in my own
library and love sharing them on CDs with other family members. Anyone can do it without a lot of experience. Just keep on keeping on. I
also include much about my ancestors and their histories. The more I do, the
more comes my way in finding out more from distant family I seek out. It is
wonderful for family history. Start and see where it takes you. I
have heard of "Pioneer woman" and have tasted some of her recipes a
daughter has used. Much good comes from such effort. Way to GO!
I gave my children, for Christmas, a 400+ page book containing the history of my
life. I'm still adding stories and pictures to my book, and it won't
be finished until I die. The book was kept online as a blog for about 10 years.
I like using a blog as the basis for a history, because it is relatively easy to
add posts to the blog as I think of things. The topics in the history are a
combination of chronological and topical orders.I have another blog
called oldmanrunning that contains a day by day discussion of my running over a
10-year period. I haven't converted that blog to Word yet, but I will,
because it gives a good description of how running has affected my life and how
others can approach running. I have another running blog (runninginjuryfree)
that is an online book about running and goes into running-topics in depth. That
blog has been converted to book-format (pdf downloads are free).I
have a Mormon related blog that is another online book that I need to get into
I have a number of blogs that relate to family history. A brother-in-law and his
wife served a mission in Australia, and another brother-in-law served as a
mission president in Indonesia. I kept blogs of their letters while they were
gone. My father-in-law died a few years ago, and my mother-in-law died about a
year ago, and I have a blog that gives special memories about them.Blogs are nice, and I enjoy using them to document my family history, but it
is important to get blogs into book form, because computer technology is fragile
and blogs could disappear without warning. Of course, printed books can
disappear, too, but they have a tendency to "hang around" longer than
computer files. Also, not all persons have access to the Internet, although that
problem will likely go away in another decade or two.
HillJ - I guess some people are simply jealous of Ree's massive success.
The website you mentioned is nothing but snarky garbage from an
obviously disgruntled former fan.