Ranger Kathryn's Arches

October 20, 2011

Blogito ergo sum (with apologies to Descartes)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:12 pm
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The 40,000th view of my blog happened yesterday afternoon. Somebody, somewhere, perhaps one of you reading this, was sipping on a cuppa joe and clicked on “Ranger Kathryn’s Arches;” the ticker moved to 40K.

I look at my early posts from 2009 and shake my head. Somewhere in the past two years I have found my voice and lost much of my tentativeness. I don’t compose multiple drafts and agonize over each word choice. I just write. Mainly, I spend hours at my laptop to preserve memories and to share life with my family, friends, and strangers.

It’s an outlet for my enthusiasm and passion and wonder. It gives me a forum for sharing the landscape of the Colorado Plateau in all its exquisiteness.

It motivates me to pay attention to details.

It lets me picture my readers, which is important in isolated wilderness places.

It helps me practice writing.

I think of odd things like: what if I have grandchildren some day, and I die before they get to know me? Would my blog be a gift to them?

Blogging helps me be transparent, which is something I deeply believe in. My readers can see my heart, or at least what I reveal of it. I wonder if my motives are selfish, that I’m seeking affirmation or admiration. How shallow.

I blog so I know what I think. I’m an external processor, and often I have to hear or see words in order to make sense of my world. Understanding comes with the process of ordering my thoughts into phrases, sentences, paragraphs.

With blogging, my thoughts (fears, dreams, etc) are shared and I can receive affirmation that I’m not alone in any of them.

Blogging beats dating sites, hands down.

Lastly: I blog because I can’t help myself. “The artist in his calling of interpreter creates because he must. He is so much of a voice that, for him, silence is like death.”  (Joseph Conrad)

Knowing that I have an audience pushes me to be more disciplined and regular. Thanks so much for your interest, curiosity, comments, and questions. I am richer for having each of you along. Here’s to the next 40,000 views!


  1. Love it! Very introspective and insightful, you know yourself well. Keep ’em coming, please!

    Comment by Becky — October 20, 2011 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  2. bloogito; future form of Latin verb cogito.
    Descartes surely would have understood and approved.
    Request permission to use with attribution and discretion.

    Comment by Leroque — October 21, 2011 @ 7:00 am | Reply

    • I can’t take credit for it — stumbled across it while reading a five-year-old blog post. No copyright on the phrase, so use it however you wish. It sums it all up, for me…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — October 22, 2011 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  3. Kathryn! I was googling ‘Canyonlands Rangers’ to see how the Maze rates and was so happy to come across your blog – finally! Things out here are slowing down towards the end of the season, but (as you know) the weather is lovely! I hope ISKY is treating you well. When is your season over? Or will you be out here this winter? I’d love to catch up, but I’m out in the backcountry for 5-6 days starting tomorrow. Perhaps when I return to civilization. Take care, lady!

    PS- I’m totally into your blog. Gonna be adding to that 40K!

    Comment by lily — October 21, 2011 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  4. I love your blog. I can live vicariously.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Deb — October 22, 2011 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  5. Sis, you do a wonderful job at blogging and you have a special gift for it. I know I could not do it nor do I have the time for it. Thank you for sharing your hard work through blogging. It helps us keep in touch with you.

    Comment by Chris — October 23, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  6. So well said! “I blog so I know what I think”. Yes! I blog for the exact same reason….I write and speak so I know what I think. As I type away I figure out what I mean and i can see visibly how I need to reorder my priorities and refine how I see. Keep blogging–30,000 views—so terrific!

    Comment by Kate Kresse — October 23, 2011 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

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