First off, thank you to each and every blogger who participated in the 4th Annual Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange. Each year I’ve hosted, it’s grown and this year was no exception with 61 participants!! Also, this is a chance to linkup your gift exchange post, and make sure you don’t miss anyone’s unveiling. Happy holidays to all, and from my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful New Year.
Ever since I started blogging, I’ve hosted a gift exchange around the holidays for equestrian bloggers across the country (and all over the world). It’s my way of saying thanks — thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for all your support throughout the entire year. I haven’t been as active this year as I have in the past, but every time I do blog I’m reminded of the amazing little community we’ve cultivated on this small slice of the internet. So here’s to you, fellow equestrian blogger!
I went through a blogger identity crisis, and I didn’t notice until now. I started blogging to keep track of my equestrian pursuits, as a way to catalog my progress. This quickly turned from just a private journal to an entirely new community of assistance and support; I’ve made so many great friends through blogging who have helped me through some really tough times. But for a while, I got this idea that I wanted to monetize my blog. So I wrote blog posts that would appeal to a larger audience, and focused on improving the quality of the blog. But as I got busier outside of blogging, and even outside of riding, I got a little burned out. Unfortunately, my burnout translated into a lack of blogging, which you’ve seen over the last year. I recently went back to read some of my very early blog posts, and it helped me remember why I started this blog in the first place: for myself.