Over two years ago when I started this blog on WordPress, I wrote about things that crossed my mind and that’s what I do now. When I was fooling around with the layout and wondering if any of my family was actually stopping by, I learned about Google Statistics and would check in to see a count of the five or six random people who stumbled in. You had to go to a special site then to find out – Google Webmaster Tools or Stats or something – and soon I just stopped doing so.
However, in the beginning when The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, was hitting the news following the award of Best Kept Secret Blog or something to that effect, I wrote a short bit about her and because I was checking stats at that time, I saw people were stumbling by looking for her.
Just recently I scrolled all the way down the WordPress Site Admin page and discovered it now included statistics on visits in graph form. I noticed that folks were still typing in keywords about her and finding themselves here at the site of very little information. I also saw a big spike on Friday, March 19, and wondered what was going on. Well, that was the day the PW talked about Reese Witherspoon playing her in a movie based on the romance story she had included in her blog that was an account of her meeting and marrying Ladd Drummond.
So people are winding up at a two year old post that mentions her and has pretty much zippo information. I added an update to that post sort of saying sorry for the wild goose chase, but on the other hand, with the internet and blogging, you pays your time and takes your chances.
Well, The Pioneer Woman has gone way beyond the best secret blog thingie. She has a giant following, having started by writing about ranch life and sharing pictures of an Oklahoma Shangri-La. And she diversified with recipes, home-schooling, photography lessons and big time giveaways . . . into the Big Time of success. She has won the ‘big” blog awards and has a huge following. A dissenting opinion about her wonderfulness by a blogger who has actually spent time at her ranch can be found at My Sister’s Farmhouse.
As for me, I liked seeing pictures of the ranch and learning a little about the cattle-working process, but since I don’t cook, home school or do more than point and shoot my camera, it’s the same course and I’ve already taken it. It’s a Goldilocks place where everything is “just right”.