Filled with anecdotes of everyday family life on
a vast cattle ranch, chronicles of a major home renovation project and views on the world around her, Ree's daily postings
are anxiously awaited by her regular cadre of admirers who have been following the adventures of her cowboy husband and four
young children for almost four years.
Her postings have featured
such diverse topics as cattle roundups and rodeos, birthing calves, exploring the streets of New York...not to mention authoring
her own cookbook which is to be released with a national book tour this month.
The fact that her world consists of thousands of acres filled with cattle and horses may distinguish it from our
usual blog favorites, but is nonetheless interesting and appealing than if she occupied a quiet bungalow on a tree-lined street
with an English cottage garden.
Pioneer Woman is not just one blog, but rather three or four rolled into one. First, there is Ree's daily
life as a ranch wife and mother, another is filled with great recipes and cooking features, and one serves as a splendid,
informative tutorial on digital photography. Perhaps no one thing sets this blog apart from most others as the quality
and range of the photographs that fill its pages.
to be overlooked is the fact that the overall graphic design and layout of The Pioneer Woman is clearly beyond the beyond
the resources employed by the average blogger...and undoubtedly, the finished product reflects the creative talents and artistic
drive of its creator.
Of course, we should mention
that The Pioneer Woman was named by Time Magazine as one of its 25 Best Blogs of 2009.
That recognition, along with the upcoming release of her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, will, in all likelihood,
push Drummond to even greater popularity. In fact, it is safe to predict that you will soon see her on the network talk shows,
and perhaps find her cookbook listed on several bestseller lists.
And we might add that, just as this article was to be posted, the latest issues of People and Southern Living have hit the newstands with feature
stories on Ree and the growing popularity of her blog. Apparently, a large segment of the print media appears to agree with
our selection of The Pioneer Woman.
The Pioneer Woman is an extraordinary undertaking and a worthwhile
contribution to the world of blogging. It was, in fact, a clear choice for our selection as receipient of All Things Cottage's
first annual Cottage Blog of the Year Award.
You can join the 40,000 other viewers who visit Ree Drummond each day at ThePioneerWoman.com.