Photo above taken today, Sunday, while on my walk with my husband to the stock tank.
It started with themestream.com in 2000. My friend led me there and insisted I started writing articles on a variety of topics that I knew something about: travel and nursing. At the time, she was writing a true crime book and was home schooling her three girls. Many of her articles were about home school and writing: getting published, writing for e-zines, and more. The sight was a pay sight in that for every hit that you got, you got a very small monetary amount but overtime it added up. There were some pretty good writers there. It was also a community.
I don’t know how Themestream survived as long as it did but it finally crashed and burned. They still owed me $70 for the past three months of articles. Fortunately they gave notice so that all members could back up up work.
After the burial of Themestream, I discovered how much I liked posting photographs on the web and was becoming a serious photographer. I did not have high-end equipment but what I did have I made the most of–learning composition, light, balance, and so on. Wunderground.com is where I got started. There was no writing unless you wanted to write an interesting caption or description of your nature/weather photograph.
It was in the dark evening of September 2004. I found a blog kept by my true crime friend on Journalspace. I asked her about it and then I signed up. I did not write my first entry until November. Blogging was new to me. I did not know the direction to be taken. Do I write short fiction, republish what I wrote on Themestream, share my life experiences?
Being very active on a large Arabian horse forum, I began to write about my new and very young Gelding, Carter Joe. I liked the group although there were not many horse people writing there. At that time it was important to have blogging horse buddies since I was starting my horse life all over again. I made a few friends at first and over time got to know several bloggers whose blogs I read daily. There blogs varied and I had quite a favorites list in six months with all very different writers and photographers.
By 2005 I was flying all over the country. I was home only on the weekends thus it was difficult to keep and maintain friendships in this town I had only lived in for the last year. Journalspace gradually fulfilled that need of having consistent communication with people other than my co-workers. My blog at the time was committed to be all about my experience with my horse. But with travel, I concentrated more on taking photographs of places I worked.
This opened up a new world for me. For one, it disciplined me to use my imagination to write about subject matter I did not know a whole lot about. I had to study, investigate, and then write. Much of this was about places I visited, thoughts I had on whatever everone else was blogging about. My very personal life was not subject matter. I wrote about God, horses, photography, travel, and sub categories related to those. But what was most important was sharing my photos.
Since 2004, I have joined a variety of photo community websites, Arabian horse forums, and write routinely on WordPress. I left Journalspace in 2007 when the site became more of a social outlet instead of a place to blog and relationships with others developed that impacted how and what I wrote.
Wildstorm is my primary blog. Here I continue to write about my photography, my travels, horse stories and more recently and sharing more about the person behind the camera, the writer. I have made good friends over the years, some who I have met in person and others who I hope to meet. But for now, it is a vessel for sharing the gospel of Christ, and those things that make me who and what I am.