Honestly I never expected my first blog hop to be so popular (or it seems popular when your typical 4 daily views is jumping to a consistent 100 for several days in a row). I will note that SO many people who did the hop did much better at describing their areas than I did. I feel like in several ways, I fell short.
You see…I’m not sure how much to put on the internet about where I am. Some were so specific that some light internet searches would reveal the name of their barn, address to said barn, location of said horse who is affable with strangers and could be easily removed from his pasture in the night. Yep. I’m paranoid.
I don’t worry too much about someone rolling up and tossing Copper on a trailer (especially not if they’ve read this blog at all…lol…) due to how he reacts to strangers. But no lie, Paige would probably crawl in the back seat of a sedan for a honey bun. So I’m hesitant to post on some topics, like where my barn is, how my farm is laid out, where in my barn I keep my saddle, etc.
I’m sure someone could do some research and find out where I work, where the farm is, etc. but handing someone all of that info freely seems like throwing caution to the wind. I’m not the “caution to the wind” type of girl, and despite what having a blog might lead people to believe, I’m pretty private. I like that I own my own place and no one else messes with my horses. I can’t imagine boarding somewhere and showing up finding someone else riding my horse (it happened to a friend of mine…) without my permission. I do board horses for others, but I’ve known all of my boarders since we were 10 and took riding lessons together. I don’t advertise boarding services, primarily because I’m super picky about who I allow to board with me, but also because I like that people don’t know a) that I exist and b) where I exist.
I’ve been asked previously if I want a pretty farm sign to put at the foot of the driveway. I DO want a pretty sign with my farm name on it…do I want it at the foot of the driveway? Not really. People around here would see the sign as an invitation to inquire about lessons/training/boarding etc. and would likely just drive on up the driveway to ask someone in person and very likely, no one would be there for them to ask. My dad was this sort of person, so I don’t judge them for it, I just know not to put a sign where it can bait them up the hill. 😉
Do I seem too paranoid about this? Are there things that you don’t share with the internet for reasons of your own? I don’t mind sharing more personal specifics with bloggers I know on an individual basis, but for me and my current situation, leaving some things to the imagination seems safer to me than the alternative. For instance…do I have security cameras and a giant frothy mouthed guard dog? The internet will never know. 😉
ALSO…I updated the blog hop with the links of everyone who I know of who has participated. If you did and aren’t listed, let me know and I’ll fix it. 🙂