Ranger Kathryn's Arches

October 19, 2013


Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:23 am
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Last night, after I laid my head on my pillow and my body settled into a deep and restful sleep, the 100,000th view of my blog took place. This is not something of import to my readers, but the milestone means a great deal to me; I set out in 2009 to record my adventures only for myself and a few family and friends in Minnesota. To learn that readers have clicked in from 132 countries makes me shake my head, and consult an atlas. (Could you point to the Bailiwick of Guernsey? or Réunion? I couldn’t.)

I’m a classic example of how determination and tenacity trumped skill-less-ness. Lacking any computer literacy, I muddled through teaching myself the basics of WordPress. My first month of blog posts had no photos because I was clueless as to how to add them. I lost more posts than I can count because of technology glitches, sporadic signal in the wilderness, or touching the wrong button. I’m a social media ignoramus and haven’t gotten into Twitter, so I lack networking connections that could ‘boost my numbers.’ My children are making me learn Instagram (‘rangerkathryn’) but that progress is laughably slow. I don’t even know how to fix the varied last names on my email, Facebook, blog accounts — am I Burke, Colestock, or Colestock-Burke? (Answer: all.) Forgive me. I’ll get techie help at Thanksgiving from my very talented son.

If you are a new blogger, be encouraged: it takes only discipline, fueled by inspiration. Find your passion and share it with others! Sit down to write when it’s easy, but also when you’re feeling blocked and mute. Read and comment on others’ blogs. Learn by doing. Do!

“Thank you” seems paltry to say to you, my readers. My sincerest gratitude goes to each one. I’d keep writing without you — but, oh, how fun it is to have you along!


  1. [ Smiles ] Congratulations on acquiring such a large number of views!

    Comment by Renard Moreau — October 19, 2013 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  2. Congratulations! A wonderful accomplishment and all of us that read about your passion are the blessed.

    Comment by Keith Vanarsdol — October 19, 2013 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, K. Looking forward to the NEXT 100,000… and the adventures that will inspire the posts!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — October 19, 2013 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Kathryn Thank you for the inspiring message. I stumbled on your blog quite by accident originally but I found several of your posts to be much more than merely interesting.

    Thank you and keep up the good work.

    Larry D. Hughes

    Sent from my iPhone

    Comment by Larry D. Hughes — October 19, 2013 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

    • I so appreciate that, Larry. Thank you, and all the best to you.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — October 19, 2013 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  4. I really, really liked this one. The ‘human’ person behind the blog came through. I especially liked the last line. Bravo, Kathryn.

    Would you believe Dad and I visited Re’union? It was on our African cruise. And I knew where Guernsey was because when I was a little girl and visited my Grandpa’s farm, my cousins taught me the difference between Jersey and Guernsey cows (the first being black and white, the second being a pretty golden brown) …….. so when we were in England and I learned there were islands by that name, I was intrigued.

    Love, Mom

    Comment by Leroque's Legacy — October 19, 2013 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Mum! I often think about what voice to use in my posts, and the more vulnerable voice has been absent lately. Still on the learning curve! Love you!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — October 19, 2013 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and adventures. You inspire me, give me ideas, and comments on which I reflect and take action. Congratulations on your 100,000 views.

    Comment by Debra DeYoung — October 20, 2013 @ 7:46 am | Reply

  6. Way to go! The greatest flattery (other than a contract, or Nobel prize, of course) we writers can receive is that someone is reading what we write.

    Comment by Lorraine — October 20, 2013 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  7. Congrats and I’ve appreciated your blog posts for a while now:) Thanks!

    Comment by Eric E. Photo — October 22, 2013 @ 8:19 am | Reply

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