Goodbye, Pioneer Woman
Welcome to Blue Speckled Pup: I appreciate you stopping by, however you came to find me.
As of February 19th, 2013, I have retired my essay about why I stopped viewing Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, as a role model and as one of my inspirations for my work on this blog.
Since its first publication, my post about why I chose to bid farewell to The Pioneer Woman has been linked from several other blogs and sites, and has brought thousands of visitors to my little blog. While I appreciate the traffic and all those who stopped by to read my PW essay, I decided to retire the original post because it presents a narrow view of who I am to a first-time reader. I assume most folks dropped by, read that one post, and moved on with their lives. A post that is largely about someone else isn’t an ideal welcome mat for this blog, into which I’ve invested countless hours over the past two years.
My purpose in writing Blue Speckled Pup, and my hope in the 497 posts that have been published here so far, is to present my observations about the world and to share the experiences of my weird little life. It seemed incongruent with my goals for this blog that a post I wrote nearly two years ago was still the most popular thing on this site, particularly when The Pioneer Woman so rarely crosses my mind. Since her early influence on me as a writer and as a blogger is no longer significant, my post about Ree Drummond is no longer relevant to me or to this blog.
The original post, “Goodbye, Pioneer Woman” was published on June 14, 2011. In its more than twenty months on my blog, the post was read nearly 7,700 separate times, based on WordPress tracking. During that time, I was frequently complimented for presenting my experiences outgrowing a former role model in an objective, factual manner. Many people emailed or left comments thanking me for dealing with the subject from my own perspective, without resorting to expressing my disillusion in personal attacks, which the internet seems to fuel all too often. I greatly appreciated the positive feedback from others who have shared the experience of moving from idolizing a celebrity into seeing that person with clarity.
Along with the readers who took the time to send me positive feedback, I have also been attacked by a dramatically smaller number of people who clearly did not take the time to read and/or understand my original post. It astounds me that an objective discussion of my own experiences in outgrowing my celebrity worship led others to verbally assault me in a manner I have not encountered since high school. It is exhausting (and fruitless) to defend my right to post my opinions on my own blog. While I appreciate thoughtful dissenting opinions to open discussion, I have no time for people who have nothing better to do than call me names.
This blog is about my life, as insignificant as it is to the world at large. Since you’ve come this far, I hope you’ll stay and read something that represents who I am as a human being, and what has influenced both the person I am now and am becoming. Hopefully, you’ll consider reading about the major experiences that have shaped me, including my total hysterectomy at age twenty-five, my love of animals, including my volunteer work as a foster mom for homeless dogs, and the loss of my Grandpa Howie, whose sudden death two years ago drove me to actively pursue writing, a dream he always had for me.
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