Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Change for Ignoring the Barking Dogs

While it has been fun and interesting doing my blog on Blogger, I’ve decided to make a change. Since Blogger is a part of the Google community of features and programs, and Google seems to be wanting to do a lot of “data mining” and collecting data on individuals and businesses, I’ve decided to move Ignoring the Barking Dogs over to WordPress.

While I will lose the familiar look that was here, at least for now, and especially with the comments about pioneers taking arrows being on the front page, it will also be interesting to experiment on WordPress to see what effects I can see there.

Blogger has brought me something over 20,000 page views since January 1 of 2011, and it will be interesting to see what kind of traffic I receive on WordPress. For now, my primary reason for this post is to provide a link to the blog site at WordPress. As I become more comfortable with the new system, I will change the links that I’ve put on the RV forums.

Please bear with me in regards to the new blog site as it is still a work in progress as I experiment with different “themes” and styles of display. It is my sincere hope that each of you that have checked in with the nonsense that I engage in here will also check in with me at the WordPress site.

Bless all of you that have been following or just checking me out, and I pray that I can continue to entertain and inform you at WordPress. It has been amazing to see the number of folks that check in from foreign countries. Somebody in the Ukraine, Brazil, Russia, Canada, Australia and other points in between must really be bored.

I love having you, and I hope you continue to follow. Once this refrigerator thing is accomplished, I hope to post some more entries with regards to our vacation to Pagosa Springs, Colorado back in 2009.

Now, without further ado, my new, and hopefully improving, blog site address:

Ignoring the Barking Dogs at WordPress

Once again, thanks to all of you.


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