To say that I was overwhelmed by the response to my last post would be a big understatement. All weekend I kept thinking “if I had only known how many people were going to read it, I would have done a better job”. Actually, if I had known how many people were going to read it I might not have had the courage to hit the publish button.
I want to thank everyone who read and shared the story. And I want to thank everyone who left well wishes, thoughts and prayers. Know that they are so very appreciated.
My post came from frustration at comments I had read on other sites regarding the blizzard. In part, my frustration was that they really did not have a good understanding of the situation but more than that it was the hostile tone that many chose to take. Over 400 people have left comments on my last post and nearly all of them were very respectful. There were some that had a different point of view or challenged us to think about things from a different angle but even they, for the most part, were respectful in doing in so. We can all learn from each other so I don’t mind someone disagreeing as long as they make an effort to be reasonably informed and are respectful.
I split my time between my family’s ranch in central Wyoming and my home in the Twin Cities. I started my blog a couple of years ago because many of my friends here in the Twin Cities had questions about ranching and I thought it would be a fun way to share stories and pictures of my life “back home” (and to occasionally post embarrassing childhood photos of my sisters).
I gained a few followers over the weekend and to all of them I would like to say, “Welcome!” I will be sharing stories about life at the ranch, as well as life in the big city. If you have any questions please ask. I will do my best to answer them and if I can’t I can direct you to places to find the answer. Whether you’re a city kid who doesn’t know the first thing about a cow or a rancher who has a panic attack every time he visits the big city (Dad), I hope we can all get to know one another a little better. I have a sneaking suspicion that we probably have more in common than we realize.
I have added a page which contains links related to the Atlas Blizzard as well as some general Ranching/Farming/Agriculture blogs and links. I will try to update it regularly.
Many have generously asked how they might help. Below are links to organizations that are heading up fundraising efforts and will keep you informed and updated on everything related to this event. Both Facebook pages also have lots of links to great articles to learn more about what happened.
My next post will tell the story of what my family did during and after the storm. In the meantime, if you are interested here are a few stories of what those most affected by this storm have had to endure.
Double H Photography – The Atlas Blizzard In Photos
And to those families who have lost so much, please know are thoughts and prayers are with you.