The most amusing thing about setting up and maintaining this blog is using those blog services everyone puts in their sidebar widgets.
When I first started this blog, I took a look around to see what and how everyone else was blogging, and noticed those cute little lozenges. Not to be outdone, I must have signed up for a hundred. Easy. During the sign-up process, when it comes time to roll down that long list of categories to identify your blog, I have to say I’m a bit mystified at some of the categories. Soap-making? There are really blogs about soap making?
I know for sure there are ardent soap makers somewhere out there wondering if there really are other folks out there writing about spirituality and horses, or whatever it is I write about. What is it I write about? Since I haven’t really written much, I haven’t yet fully identified it.
First law of blogging: Content is everything. Define your content and stick to it.
Second law of blogging: Ignore the first law of blogging. Especially if it fails to obey Horatio Salt’s Eighth Creativity Booster to Make You Rich*. (Please don’t think I believe I’m going to get rich blogging, since WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to profit.)
I have only a hazy, and ill-defined idea of that shifting point in space where spirituality (I hate that word**) and horsemanship collide. If I can keep my eye on that bullseye, that’s what I want to write about.
My own sister, a writer herself, told me that the combination of horses and mindfulness would not work. I sure hope she’s wrong. Horatio Salt thinks she’s wrong:
The best ideas don’t grow from a single seed. They are sparks that come from collisions. When two or more things are combined in fresh and unexpected ways, ideas are born.
I’m not just taking any two things and “banging them together.” To me, they are a natural combination, like pizza and beer. Or Horatio Salt’s chocolate chip cookie and milk. So I’m going to keep banging this combination out until it makes the same kind of sense that soap-making does. Because I think that horsemanship really can be about honoring the mind, spirit and body of the horse, but not in the floaty, riding between two worlds way. And not in the “just the facts, mate” way, either. I think it really can be about communication between horse and rider, and not in the “what’s that, Lassie? Timmy’s caught in the well?” way or the “ask, tell, PROMISE” way, either.
I’m going to figure this out, and then maybe I’ll get my own widget!
** if you can think of a better one, please post it here
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