Blogging Inspiration from Out of Scope

I don’t know why I hate to admit it, but I get some of my blogging inspiration from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. OK, so I know why I hate to admit it, she is an avid meat-eater and advocate (former vegetarian none-the-less), she talks a lot about meat production and animal raising, and she even did a post about her husband wiping a bloody bull testicle on her shoe as a joke (with pictures).

As an avid vegetarian, this is way out of scope for me in terms of the things I read and the things I believe. This is not to say that I don’t read things by meat-eaters, I just don’t tend to read material that features meat and dead animal parts as prominently.

But then there’s this Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, who has been a staple in my reader since I found her on The Food Network. I started reading her blog shortly after I watched her show for the first time and I am now hooked on both. Her show is recorded at her ranch in Oklahoma with her four children, her husband, her dogs, and her ‘frontier’. So what is it about her that is so enticing? Well let me break it down for you:

  1. She seems like herself – When you read her blog she sounds like she would if you were sitting on the couch next to her having a conversation.
  2. She isn’t afraid to embarrass herself – She has a section of her site called the Humiliation Chronicles including stories about her teenage years and married life that are just uninhibited and it’s liberating honestly.
  3. Her pictures are amazing – Her food pictures are what really draw me to her website, they are the type of photos that I want to take and her style is much like mine (or rather mine is like hers) in that she takes step by step photos.
  4. She has great advise to share – One of her posts called Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging has stuck with me, especially this:

Whether you write a sixteen-paragraph essay about the cosmic implications of a free market system, a one-paragraph description of what happens to your soul when you walk into your godforsaken laundry room, or a simple photo and caption, consider your blog a precious bloom that requires daily nurturing.

And watering.

If you water a plant once every two weeks, it will shrivel.

Who is your favorite ‘out of scope’ person?

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27 Responses to Blogging Inspiration from Out of Scope

  1. Chelle {Everyday Polish} February 14, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I’m really inspired by a number of food and style bloggers which is somewhat out of scope for me since my blog has nothing to do with food or fashion!
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    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Well your blog is very fashionable, so you’ve got that connection! I love that you get inspiration from things outside of your blog though!

  2. Wendy Bottrell February 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    My out of scope would be topics in the investing, gold, silver and global economy! I write and publish in the gluten free living, fitness, optimal health field! Best Regards, Wendy #sitsgirls
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    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Wow that is really out of scope! I don’t know anything about investing, but it is on my list of things to learn this year. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The Dose of Reality February 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh, gosh! I tend to read a lot of crafting bloggers and fitness bloggers, and I’m not good at either of those things. Like you, I just like reading people who are totally themselves and real. I enjoy reading about things that aren’t exactly up my ally if they come in that package. 🙂 –Lisa

    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      I love reading crafting blogs too! And I always think, I could totally do that. And then on my way to Home Depot I’m like, ugh I don’t even want to do this, I just want to the cool finished product. And then I head to Target.

  4. Alison Hector February 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    My out of scope blogs are those that are deeply theological and very long winded. I’m a Christian, but some Christian blogs can make your eyes cross, literally. So that’s a challenge. Also blogs in which people cuss a lot. #SITSBlogging
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    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      I can totally see that Alison; it’s definitely a challenge when you want to read what the author is writing about but it’s just so long winded! And I definitely censor myself when it comes to cursing; I still wince a bit when I’m reading a blog that has a lot of cursing (which feels very out of character for me to type!).

  5. Emmy February 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I loved reading her story of how she met her husband, I am yet to buy her book and finish the story though, I really need to. Fashion bloggers are ones that I sometimes read that really I am probably not going to ever take the time to make my outfits like that but for some reason I sometimes enjoy reading them. #Sitsblogging
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    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      I’ve heard that is a great story, and I think they are supposed to make a movie of it eventually with Reese Witherspoon! I enjoy reading fashion too, though sometimes it just makes me depressed that I will never be able to dress that fancy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. AJ February 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I feel like as far as bloggers go, ANY food blogger I read is our of scope. I want to think I’m a brilliant cook or baker but I’m really not… I’m not that motivated! But I love reading blogs like your so very much. And BTW, love your writing style! Just followed on Bloglovin’ so I can keep reading.
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    • Angela Gilmore February 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      Thank you so much AJ! I just followed you back! I love reading food blogs, sometimes I just google image search certain foods just to see the pictures and connect with the blogs their attached to.

  7. Alecia February 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    I love her blog as well and wish my pictures could look as good as hers. But I do know that having a blog is like nurturing a plant – it’s just sometimes I’m bad at plants too! 🙂 It’s hard to add one more thing in to a day with kids, work, etc – but oh so worth it.
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  8. Rachel Keeth // Lavender & Honey February 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    I don’t read her blog often; however I love her recipes, witty humor, and photography. She is inspiration I use when writing my food posts.

    Coming over from SITS Girls!
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  9. Alyssa February 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    I tend to admire blogs that show dedication. You can tell from what they do.

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  10. Tamara February 15, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    I love her. Her photography is insane. And she does seem very genuine.
    I think my out of scope would be Kelle Hampton from Enjoying the Small Things.
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  11. Marya February 15, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    It’s hard for me to find a favorite but I do try to read a lot of different blogs. I LOVE her photography! Stopping by via SITS.

  12. Anitra February 15, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I love that final quote although I’m not a fan of hers. I’m visiting from #SITSBlogging
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  13. Darrica Jackson February 15, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    I’ve heard of her! I’ve never actually seen her before but I’ve definitely heard of her. I’ll have to check her out! Maybe she’ll inspire me as well. #SITSBlogging
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  14. Nicole Beard February 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    I do like Ree Drummond and am actually planning to make her baked ziti this week! LOL I usually have mostly like-minded folks on my blogroll, many fellow mamas and some naturally minded folks. But I do have some super green mamas on my blogroll that are very naturally minded, even more so than I am. I like to learn from them!
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  15. Dana February 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    My favorite out of scope blogger is a mommy blogger: I’m a mom, but my son is 23. Katy is a mom of 2 year old twins and a tween-ager. Her posts are always thoughtful and funny.
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  16. Amy February 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Ive heard of her – and I know a few people who have made her recipes.. and commented how delicious they were. I personally have never seen or read her. I will have to check her out (maybe i’ll come across a recipe that Is full proof that I could make)
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  17. AnnMarie February 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    For some reason, I enjoy reading blogs from moms that homeschool. It fascinates me and I was a public school teacher and have four kids that go to school so it is definitely far from my own life. #sitsblogging
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  18. Abbe@This is How I Cook February 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Not sure about that but it is a good question. Will have to think about it. In the meantime I’m enjoying waht you have to say. But it took me forever to figure out where to comment!
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  19. Nancherrow February 17, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    There’s a reason she’s a huge blogger! I’ve been reading her for years too. I love that she has 4 kids like me and also homeschools. Definitely someone to be inspired by! #SITSBlogging


  20. Hakima February 17, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I like Bakerella and Pioneer Woman too! There are a few others I follow ..but you are right the ones I go back to frequently are the ones that blog alot. I want to see what they are going to talk about next. #SITSblogging

  21. Hannah February 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    I know what you mean about “out of scope”- I used to be quite the follower of Ree as well for her amazing photography, and I’m not afraid to say that I enjoy Anthony Bourdain’s shows and books, despite being vegan!
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