Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blog Winter Vacation

It's time for a vacation from blogging.  I don't know about you, but it's too easy for me to spend too much time on blogging - reading other people's blogs, commenting, reading replies to comments, thinking about what I want to write on my own blog, writing and editing it, taking photos and editing those, checking to see if anyone has read it and commented, replying to comments . . .  Blogging started for me as a way to keep track of my horse work, and to have a place to think and write about issues related to horsemanship and horses - I'm one of those people who finds writing very helpful in thinking things through.  It's certainly served that purpose for me, and I hope has been interesting for those who read the blog, whether they comment or not. And it's fun to have comments, and sometimes a dialogue with others about the horse things that are important to me.  And yet . . .

But it's also too easy to fall into the trap of "blogging as entertainment" - not that entertainment is bad at all so long as it doesn't eat up too much of my life.  I think of it as "horse TV" - since I otherwise don't watch TV - seeing and enjoying other people's lives with horses.  Nothing really wrong with that either.  And I do feel that I have several good "blog friendships" with horse women and men whose opinions and thinking I value.  That's good too.

But, now that it's winter, and my riding and work with my horses will be much reduced, it's time for a blogging vacation.  After this post, I won't be posting or reading and commenting on other blogs for a while. I plan to spend more time with family and friends, read and think, and maybe do some pieces of writing, some of which may be about horses or horsemanship and might eventually end up on this blog.  I don't think this blog will go away - I expect sometime in the New Year or the spring, I'll be blogging again about the continuing adventures of Dawn, Pie and Drifter and reading and commenting on blogs again.

Last chance to comment for a while - what does blogging do for you and what about it is positive or negative?  I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and New Year - may 2012 be a fine year with horses!


  1. I will miss reading your posts, however everyone needs a break now and then! Have a wonderful winter, enjoy your beautiful horses and time spent with family.

  2. I agree with you--blogging can take on a life of its own and become too time consuming. I've been on a semi-vacation for three months because I don't have anything important (horse related) to write about and that is the theme of my blog. I have more time in the winter, though, to write and photograph, so I'll probably keep uploading lots of photos and videos and less words. I hope you drop us some winter photos, too, so we can keep up with you!

  3. I feel like I need a break from Desert Horses. Yes, winter will soon be upon us here, too. In fact, the snow level will be down to 4,000 feet next Monday and Tuesday. I have a 3 week vacation from school, during which time we'll be traveling quite a bit, so I won't even have an opportunity to get up and visit the horses. My other two main blogs are more "travel" oriented, so I'll post photos on them, but I think I need a rest from my horse one.
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

  4. Happy Holidays to you and yours as well, Kate. I'm sad that you're taking a break, since I've really gotten used to reading your posts and will miss hearing about your crew. You write one of the most detailed and helpful blogs that I've run across, and I appreciate your generosity. It takes a heck of a lot of time to write these things--and then you have the photo/video editing on top of that!

    Writing helps me think through things as well. But blogging is a little like Facebook or any other social media--sometimes it's easy to feel ignored or (worse) misunderstood, and it's really no substitute for real-life experiences.

    Hope to see you after the New Year.

  5. I can totally understand taking a break...I've done it a couple of times myself, but I find I can't stay away too long.

    I'll miss reading about your work with your horses. I always learn something from your posts. I hope you come back to us in the new year at some point!

    I like the connection with other horse people and learning about the different disciplines and training methods they use. Most of it has been positive for me...

    I hope you have a nice holiday season with your friends and family. :-)

  6. Blogging does seem to get obsessive very quickly! I am so happy to have been able to interact with people about their experience with horses. Since I just started my pony blog, it has allowed me to make virtual friends since I don't have any at the barn. It has also made me really think about what I'm doing. Nothing like looking back at a weeks worth of whiny, insecure posts to make you buck up a bit. The downside is that blogging is just a slice, and a very tiny one at that, of life. I think it's easy for folks to start making judgements (not on my blog at this point, but on other blogs) without knowing the person or their horses. Overall though, the blogging community has been awesome. But I'm at the early stages of my addiction....... Have a wonderful holiday season and I'll watch for your new posts whenever you're ready to come back! Or maybe I'll see you at a Mark Rashid clinic one of these days.. :)

  7. I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas Kate, and a wonderful New Year! Enjoy your blogging break- you'll be missed and thought of often!

  8. Blogging is my connection to the outside horse world... to horsemanship of a higher level.

    Around here regular dentistry and farrier work are not viewed as necessities... sometimes regular feeding isn't...

    I'm looked on as a little touched in the head for using supplements - and lets not even go there regarding that fact that I ride dressage.

    So, blogging is a blessing when you live in the middle of nowhere like I do. But as with everything, especially riding + horsemanship, balance is the key.

    I hope you and your horses fare well through the winter. Happy holidays to you Kate. I'll miss you, and will be looking forward to reading your thoughtful posts and comments when you resume. :)

  9. I have been pondering these very questions myself. I love blogging and I have learned so much about horses and riding...not to mention the great people I've met.

    But...blogging and commenting does take time away from riding and that causes me to wonder how to do it in a more sensible fashion.

    Have a great holiday, Kate! Enjoy your family and your sweet horses.

  10. Enjoy the season! We will all miss reading your helpful posts and look forward to catching up in the spring.

  11. Your posts are always well structured and thoughtful. It's no surprise that there is a time commitment involved. You could nourish us with a few photos from time to time, to see us through your hibernation until Spring:)

  12. I will miss your writings and the adventures with your horses, but I do understand. Blogging is very time consuming.

    Just as my father used to say when I had to break from lessons for the winter, "everyone needs an off season."

    Best Wishes for the New Year!

  13. I'll miss you Kate, but I understand. Don't wait too long to return. Have a blessed Christmas.


  14. Have a wonderful Christmas Kate, I'll stay on your followers list so that I'll know when you hit the keyboard again.
    Blogging for me has become a diary of my life, one that my daughter can read to know what I'm up to, and something for her when I pass on. I find it is much more creative than facebook, and I enjoy reading about other folks life with horses. Your blog has certainly inspired me, and I must say, I am a Pie fan and look forward to his adventures next year.
    A blessed New Year to you and your family.

  15. Enjoy your break and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Give all the horses a hug from me and have fun working with them while you're gone from the cyber horse world.

  16. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    I'll drop by now and then just to check in case anything really exciting happens and you need to tell us.

    Meantime, enjoy your break and all that time with real life family and friends.

  17. Oh Kate! I will miss reading your posts and hearing about Pie, Drifter, and Dawn.

    I hope you enjoy your blog winter vacation! Have a great holiday and new year and accomplish all you set out to!

  18. Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years Kate. All teh best for the weeks ahead with your horses ....winter or no winter it is always nice to go have a furry cuddle and smell that wonderful horsey smell that the rest of the world just dont understand. I understand the break .....I'm just trying to keep my blog very light hearted and just a brief blurb with photos so that my many dear friends around the world can keep tabs on me ....that was my reason for starting. The lovely part of that has been the cyber space friends I have made that have joined the journey. I'm sure that many others including myself would love a words needed every now and then ...Many blessings from my little part of the world in the deep south

  19. I have learned so much from your posts and I admire the way that you always respond to me so thoughtfully when I have questions. I have often wondered how you do it all because blogging does take time... lots of time. Sometimes I feel my life might be better if I put away the laptop and got busy... but I do enjoy the friendships , companionship and the opportunities to learn.
    Have a good winter. Stay warm... I know you will be out there riding in even the worst weather!
    I look forward to reading more about Pie, Drifter and Dawn in the coming year.

  20. What is blogging to me? Well I LOVE photography, so it is an "artsy" outlet. It is also a way for me to "talk horse" as many of my friends don't have horses. I also have so MUCH to learn and I tend to follow a few blogs that can help me with that. I think it is VERY wise to limit time spent at the computer. How to blog efficiently? I think small posts help me do that and I tend to spend time in the morning when I drink my coffee and in the evening when everyone else is in bed. I don't watch much TV... I probably blog less than most TV that people watch! I would like it if you would keep up with the EPM information. Take a break, enjoy family, and we will wait for you to re-charge.

  21. Have a joyous holiday season and a wonderful New Year, too. Enjoy your Blogcation, Kate. We'll see you when you return.


  22. I have learned so much by reading your blogs. Many, many times after reading one of your posts, I found my self sitting back and thinking for quite some time about the issues you would raise. I think back to my own experiences, that seem like a lifetime ago and wonder if I could've done something different, to reach a particular goal. Oh how I've wished that I could just hop up and go out and try some of the techniques you have bought forth. I hope you have a very nice respite and I will be here waiting for your return. Thank you Kate.

  23. "A Year With Horses" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

  24. I only post once a week (and even that is sometimes a challenge). I absolutely love writing posts and figure once a week is easy enough for other folks to fit into their busy schedules. I usually try to break it up and do a little each day, with varying success. Still wind up doing the crunch time routine once in awhile.

    I was spending far too much of my limited time running around reading blogs, and found it takes me even longer if I try to comment on all of them. Keeping up with those that have lengthy daily posts is almost impossible (and where do they find the time?)

    I had to reformat my hard drive, which wiped out my previous reading list (so I'm trying to rediscover my favorites ;o) I'll miss your posts, as I am a fan of Mark Rashid's methods as well.

    Enjoy the break, and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  25. I'll miss you, but know how necessary the winter break is in this northwestern Illinois climate. It will be a wonderful time for you to reflect and regroup for the new riding year. Blessings to you and your family and animals.

  26. Enjoy the festive season... Will be waiting for your return!

  27. Kate--I know you know, I have been pondering the same questions. Happy holidays to you and yours!

  28. I completely understand the need for a break. Sometimes I have to step back and remember that I started my blog for myself. It's easy to get caught up. Blogging is a wonderful thing, though, (especially yours!) so I hope you're back soon.

    Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy spending time with your family!

  29. Like everyone else, Kate, I will really miss your thoughtful posts! You've often challenged me to think about things in a new way, and helped to shape many of my own thoughts about working with horses. Thank you for your wonderful blog, and I will look forward to when you come back to it.

    In the meantime, happy holidays!

  30. I can totally relate to what you are saying. I have a hard time not getting sucked into the blog thing myself (but for me -- it's more reading other blogs than writing on my own). Sometimes I get to the point where I even stress over it...writing on my own blog...commenting on another... I worry that people will think I don't care when I don't write or comment and of course that's not the case :) I actually do a lot of reading of other blogs on my cell phone (since I do not own a computer)...but typing a comment or god forbid -- trying to write something for my blog is - I think "trying of my patience" is a better phrase.
    I also enjoy reading books and recently have entertained the idea of getting back into drawing and maybe taking an art class somewhere. In addition to this, there's family, trying to spend time with my own animals, and of course -- the ever present working a full time job..LOL
    Since I started my "new" blog, I've kept telling myself over and over again to write when I can -- and write for the joy of writing and don't feel pressured into anything. If folks want to read, they can -- but they don't have to. I remind myself that the purpose of my blog is to write about things I enjoy and having a nice way to present those writings. :)
    At any rate, I do hope you pop in for a post every once in ahwile...and by all means enjoy some quality time with your family and horses. Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!!

  31. Oh! I will certainly miss reading your posts as I gain a lot of thinking and knowledge that you kindly offer up with your honest writing. I DO however, understand needing a break. Enjoy your time away and hopefully you will return! Blogging to me is only positive. It helps me keep a journal for myself and learn from my mistakes and victories and to see where we were and are going :) Have a GREAT Holiday, New Year and may it be filled with great horse days!! :)

  32. I hope you don't give up blogging, I depend on your insight and experience to get me through this rough time.


  33. It's funny, I was just taking your blog for granted, it's become a regular part of my day. Thank you for waiting until after most of the health issues have been resolved, I would have worried about you. Thank you for all the insights and good information you have taken time to share. Have a great winter, rest up, and I hope you still have time to post photos from your vacation.

  34. KATE!!
    Good for you-though- you'll be sorely missed.
    Viewing your lovely photos and reading of your times with your 3 horses, always is very insightful & refreshing for me. I'm sure everyone finds a special or "A-HA" connection from reading your blog journal pages.

    I've dramatically decreased these days too. Not nearly enough time for the horse life and family life sometimes with- how long it takes to blog about both inbetween!

    To answer your question-
    I have discovered the coolest people to my heart while blogging... horsey blogger people are so awesome. I have gotten to meet, ride with so many of them. I have shared unwanted or unused gear with them and now, may sell my ANSUR saddle to one that reads my blog.
    It is a FANTASTIC place blogging! ( plus my non horsey friends are the best too!)

    You have yourself a loverly Holiday season Kate~ hugs to you and the horses*x*o*
    from Washashe mare and me, KK!

  35. my blog started as a training journal then seem to morph into a day to day journal, and helped me to release my crativity with my poetry , I don't post every day but I like you prefer it to TV . Enjoy your vacation see you soon

  36. Enjoy your vacation and come back with fresh stories.

  37. Aww I will miss your posts, but I also understand every single point you made. It can get very time consuming. In fact I have 387 blogs to read in my Google reader! It's nuts! I love reading about everyone, but sometimes I think I follow too many blogs. Anyway I hope you had a great Christmas and have a great New Year!


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