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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you water a plant once every two weeks, it will shrivel.
Who is your favorite ‘out of scope’ person?