Ms DVM’s wife had a blog titled WHY DO YOU BLOG?
It got me trying to remember why I started blogging a couple of years ago (or longer??).
The first time I heard the word “blog” I had no clue what that even meant! When I found out, I thought “HOW COOL!! A place where I can go and no one can tell me what I can and cannot write!”
THAT was my reason to start Yooper Yarns!
Yes, I had people trying to tell me what I could and could not write on my trail reports! The one I do at http://www.michiweb.com/ was the one LOCALS were complaining about! Hey, I figured if I was paying X amount of dollars per year to advertise ON that website and I was the one doing the “work” I should be able to write what I wanted to write! But some of the locals also advertised on that website so I guess maybe they did have a right to “complain” about my taking up space in the trail report to talk about things that had nothing to do with the trail report. But usually, these things I put in the trail report were personal, humorous stories. (One fellow emailed me and said that our lives reminded him of I LOVE LUCY. That was after I put in a story about the “traction contraption”) And locals even complained about my Zen Thought for the Day!
But I got TONS of “fan mail” from my readers. That trail report is/was emailed to about 1200-1500 subscribers and read by how many more per day on the website, I don’t KNOW that figure. The commonality of the emails was “Every morning, we wait for our daily fix of your trail report. You join us for breakfast and are like a part of our family. Hope to meet you sometime.” When the Newberry Tourism association would go to the snowmobile shows, people would come up and ask “Is Cathy here? We want to meet Cathy.” (Please don’t think I’m patting myself on the back, these things actually happened. I would find out about it later from the people who “manned” the booth). But I got so tired of dealing and having words with the people who complained about the content of my trail report, I started Yooper Yarns. Every once in a while, I still make reference in my trail report to Yooper Yarns, IF I have something that I feel my trail readers might be interested in. And I DID NOT do away with my Zen Thought of the Day.
So Yarns was developed as a result of all of that.
And it has become a medium to keep people informed of things going on in the area, especially when we had the Sleeper Lake Fire. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who emailed or stopped by and thanked me for the coverage on the fire. Little did they know that many times when I was updating about the fire or adding personal observances about the volunteers that I would be sitting here typing with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Every night when the fire fighters and volunteers would make their way back to town for a quick shower and a hot meal, Dan and I would try to be in the yard so we could give them all a big thumbs up…as did everyone in town. When the Blackhawks and Minnesota tankers would fly over head, I would do my best to be out on the deck to give them a salute and a thumbs up. They would be low enough in the sky that they would see me. Sometimes I could see the guys that were “riding shotgun” by the open door in the back, wave at us. And a couple of times, they (the Black Hawks) would make a small circle, come back and hover over us and wave. This was towards the end of the ordeal and they were not needed as much. I didn’t want anyone to think they were wasting time being friendly; they were working.
So that is pretty much my history of how MY blog got started.
I’ll have to find that ‘traction contraption’ story and post it again!
2 weeks ago