Saturday, July 27, 2013


I joined Facebook in June of 2008.
 That was a full four months before I "rediscovered" my blog and started blogging.
Back then, I would have told you that Facebook was for family and friends and my blog was for the model horse hobby.  Of course, those distinctions didn't last long.  Before I knew it, ninety percent of my Facebook friends were hobbyists,
 and my Facebook feed was filled with photos of model horses...
photo by Erin Corbett
and in-jokes about the same.
Over time,  I've watched dozens of hobby artists move their businesses to Facebook.  I've considered following suit, but until now, I've resisted.  After all, I like Blogspot.  I enjoy having a page that's all mine, without ads or competing voices.  I prefer the slower pace and greater searchability of a blog, with its longer, more considered postings.  To my mind, Facebook is fun, but Blogspot is real.

So, how do I explain this?
I blame someone else, of course!  In this case, that someone is Lauren Mauldin who writes a blog called She Moved to Texas. 
This is one of my favorite non-model blogs, but I often forget to check it because it's not hosted on Blogspot.  Fortunately for me, Lauren also maintains a She Moved to Texas Facebook page.  Instead of replacing her blog, this page promotes it.  Every time I see a SMTT link cross my Facebook feed, I am reminded that this is a blog worth reading.

This is the model I will be following for the Braymere Custom Saddlery Facebook page.

If you're not on Facebook, don't worry.  You won't miss much.  There will be some tidbits and extras, such as this cell-phone picture showing the status of the Ranger Guard twenty four hours after installation, but nothing major.
If you are on Facebook, please head over to the new Braymere Custom Saddlery page and click the "Like" button.
While you're there, feel free to share ideas for future blog posts, live show pictures, photos of your real animals wearing model tack or anything else that seems relevant to the Braymere blog.  I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. Ugh, you're going to convince me to do the same thing aren't you? I've been holding out for the same reasons. That will is wearing away...

  2. I like this idea a lot. Commenting on thing is a lot more difficult here and I think on FB you will get a lot more interaction from people. I bet you will see a LOT of likes for FB pages Jennifer AND Jenn!

  3. Actually, my biggest worry about the Facebook page is that ALL the conversation will end up there. I understand that it's a LOT easier to comment on Facebook, but it's so much more cohesive to have all the post follow up attached to the post itself. I really, really hope that people will continue to use the Blogspot comment section.

    That said, I do think Facebook is a good spot for non-post related chatter and sharing. I hope lots of people will post tack and performance related photos, plus pictures of thier rodents and reptiles under saddle!


  4. That's the great thing about different social media avenues! It can display your content to people who may not have already seen it.

    Thanks for the nod in this post :) I get a decent a lint of traffic from facebook and I guess that you will as well. The added bonus is that some of my nom blog friends enjoy interacting with my page on facebook instead of the blog. For me, it hasn't driven conversation away from the blog but instead just created multiple chnnels for it. Good luck!

  5. I will say that once I created a page for PawPrints Saddlery I started to ignore my blog....It is just so EASY to update on my page and I can see how many people actually follow me. I like getting the kind of feedback on facebook that I do, my blog is sadly devoid of comments.

  6. Wow, When I started reading this post, I was REALLY worried that you were prepping us for an exclusive changeover to Facebook! *whew* I'm SO glad that's not happening.

    I may peek from time to time at FB Model Horse sites that are 'public' but I think I'm one of the few who refuse to succumb and sign up for a Facebook account.

    So, here's at least one person that will still be using the Blogspot comment section! : )