Earlier in the week I published a post about meeting Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman. I spouted about how fantastic it was to meet her, and how it was just what the doctor prescribed for a downtrodden, frumpy, overwhelmed college girl. I didn’t tell the entire story, though.
When I walked up to Ree, the first thing I said was, “You are my hero.” This is true. When I found out she was coming to Naperville, I called my mother and screamed, yes, SCREAMED at her that my role model and inspiration was going to be a half-mile away from campus. My poor mother was dazed. KellyMRivard.com, I’m sure, is the only blog she’s ever read. That, and she’s not as deeply connected to farming as I am. She was married to a farmer-man once. Farming paid for their wedding. If you read this, Mama, I love you. And I forgive you for finding my farm fascination odd.
I told Ree Drummond that she’s my hero. And I meant it. Not only is she a role model for women everywhere for many reasons, but she’s an agvocate. She may not realize she is one, but she exemplifies the word. She’s done more for agricultural outreach than I think even she understands. She sets the standard for bloggers to aspire to, and she’s proven that agriculturally-themed messages CAN impact others.
Less than an hour ago, I finished reading Ree’s book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Throughout the book, there are anecdotes highlighting what it means to live on a ranch. It solidifies the rancher’s dependence on the land. It wraps the nitty-gritty of tough country living into a neatly-packaged, heart-warming story about the unexpected turns life can lead us around.
On her blog, in her cook books, in her recently-released children’s story, Ree shares facts and insights about ranch life that the general public may not know. She sheds a positive light on an industry and lifestyle that generally goes unappreciated. Ree is an agvocate, through-and-through. And she’s got the whole “wide target audience” thing on lockdown. Standing in line to meet her, I heard all sorts of stories from people of all walks of life. People identify with her as a mother, a cook, a gardener, a homemaker, a woman, a wife, a photographer, and more. Because of Ree, these folks get access to a world they wouldn’t know otherwise. Because of the Pioneer Woman, people all over can enjoy a taste of the world’s oldest and most pivotal business: agriculture.
As far as agvocating goes, Ree Drummond makes us all look like slackers.
With that in mind, I need to start planning my next redesign. I feel so…so…so…so…unremarkable. I’m perfectly capable of making this blog look great, and here I am with a canned layout and a scapegoat header. I also need to call my mother. Because I kind of like her.