About a week ago A Horse For Elinor wrote a post asking “What Makes Your Site Different?” It’s a question I’ve rolled around my brain for several days. What does make this site different? Why would people read this blog? What do we have to offer that others don’t?
In reflecting on her post I’ve gradually come to my answer.
I never started this blog as a way to reach hundreds or even tens of readers. I started writing because I wanted to journal my experiences…for me. Bite size pieces of the things I’ve done, the places I’ve been and what I have seen. Naturally because horses are what I “do” the most of. This blog has evolved into a horse blog.
BUT what makes it different you ask? Well I’ve given you a clue in the last paragraph. It’s the experiences. My horsemanship revolves around the motto: “jack of all trades and master of none”, which IMO is exactly what makes us different. My horse is incredibly varied and well rounded in the things we have tried and the riding adventures we’ve had. We don’t excel at any one thing but we are not afraid to try lots of new things.
When I look at other horse blogs they are specific to a discipline. I read about event riders, trail riders, dressage riders, endurance riders and reiners. These riders are well versed in their sport. They know the rules, the training methods and the channels to achieve in their particular discipline.
We, on the other hand, are un-focused and random in our horsemanship. If you need an authoritative and informed individual on any one horse topic, I am definitely not the girl for you. If you need one (possibly incorrect) bite size piece of information on many horse topics, though, I’m your girl. I love the variety. I love the challenge of learning new things. I love having a horse that is not skeptical when put into strange and different situations.
I don’t love any one particular thing enough to dedicate enough time to it that I’d be willing to give the other things up. So we will continue to down OUR road of horsemanship which has many off shoots and side trips and detours along the way. We will continue to be different because of our varied experiences.