One Riot, One Ranger
Daily Prompt: All about Me
Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.
I considered starting a blog for years, but I had always heard that a blog needed to be about only One Thing – like raising chickens, or succeeding in the art world, or traveling on a shoe-string. You were supposed to find the niche that would focus the unexpressed voice of some part of the public, raise awareness of some issue, or start a new trend.
I could not think of my One Thing. I tried to think of one category that would cover all the little aspects of my life.
On a long car trip, I asked my husband for input – he is good at distilling matters into essentials. He reminded me of a phrase our youngest daughter used when she was about 7 – we had gone camping down on the Rio Grande, and she wrote about it in her school journal – “My mom and dad took me to the edge of Texas.” We always loved that phrase. and he tweaked it into “The Edge of Textiles.”
I liked it, but I thought, I’m not really “on the edge” of anything – I’m not “cutting edge,” “on the fringe,” or “dancing around the edge” – I am more “snack dab in the middle,” “in over my head,” and “lost in the stacks.” Try to give that a positive connotation and you might even say “deep in the heart.”
Once I had the blog name, Textile Ranger was a natural choice. The Texas Rangers have a long, colorful history of enforcing the law in Texas. They are known for traveling alone, widely and unpredictably, doing whatever it takes to handle a situation.* Since I have a “home on the range,” and have been a park ranger, it seemed like an apt name.
Since I started blogging, I have found lots of blogs that are about way more than One Thing. I love reading about people’s multiple interests and areas of knowledge. I’m glad I can give up worrying about that, but I’m also glad I took the time to find the name that felt perfect to me.
*There are different versions of a story in which a town has sent for help to forestall a mob scene. When the mayor meets the train on which help is to arrive, only one Ranger steps off. The mayor says in dismay, “Where are the others? Why only one Ranger?” and the Ranger says, ” Hell, you’ve only got one riot.”
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Very Nice, and thanks for sharing with a slideshow things,and places about you. Be Blessed, Mtetar
I like the ranger line, it is something I can imagine Matt Dillon or Cordell Walker saying even as they size up the mob and begin deciding who gets theirs first. I agree with you about the blog being multi-faceted. Mine is that way and I find it more interesting to me.
Yes, we Texans have a lot of stereotypes that we love to live up to!
I don’t know where the advice to stay with a narrow focus comes from – I love eclectic blogs. Thanks for the comment, I will drop by your blog too!
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This is EXACTLY why I had an issue starting my blog! I was like, WHAT do I talk about….because I had so many interests! I think people with different interests just have to find a ‘theme’ that connects everything, and it’s very clear what your them is 🙂
I think I just had to back up and look at more of the picture to find my theme. I love the name of your blog – it lets people know it could be about anything, and that it will have an informal tone. I learn so much from your blog but even though you cover important topics that could be dry, you make it so interesting to read.
Awww you are SO sweet!! I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but I just posted today with updates! Hope you can check it out! 🙂
I had a lot of difficulty in choosing my blog’s title too!! It was my dad who finally chanced upon the phrase in one of the books that he was reading… And then, there was no looking back!!
I like the was you chose something that will fit every category of life on which you have written so far…
Once you have the title, it helps you choose your content, I think. Your title aptly captures your wonderful content!
Absolutely true… And thank you!! 🙂
My blog(s) started with one theme in mind – and most of them cover any part of what is going on in my life at the time of posting!!! Love your title!
Thank you! I was just over at your blog – it looks like we have a lot in common – but I am still waiting to get horses! It’s been over 50 years of waiting so far…
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Just read your blog and the various comments that came after. What a fine group of facinating people! Love it!
Yes, I love the blog world. I feel lucky to have found such great people to read and be read by!
I’m glad to know what inspired your blog!
Thank you for stopping by!