What ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Would Do If She Wasn’t on the Food Network

Most people know The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond from The Food Network. She makes new meals each week and chats about her family. Fans are also familiar with her cookbooks and cookware line. What would Drummond do if she had to choose just one income source? Here’s what she said about the choice she would make.

How The Pioneer Woman empire began 

Ree Drummond and Robin Roberts | Donna Svennevik/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images
Ree Drummond and Robin Roberts | Donna Svennevik/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Drummond spoke about the early years during the 2013 BlogHer conference. She shared how The Pioneer Woman brand got started and what the journey was like:

In May 2006, I started a blog much like many people here probably started their blogs. I just started it. I had read one blog when I started, and I just thought it would be a good way to put pictures up, keep in touch with my mom who lived in another state. I had no vision. I basically just posted photos of my husband and kids. And I posted stories on my blog in those early days. I had no vision for this free blog I had up and running in 10 minutes.

Two or three weeks into my blog, I decided to get a big-girl camera. and I just started taking pictures around the ranch. My kids, the horses, the cattle, and just kind of blogging about daily ranch life from my perspective from somebody who didn’t grow up on a ranch or in the country. People started stopping by and reading. The traffic growth was extremely gradual. There was never a huge spike. It was just slow and steady blogging about life around the ranch… [I] didn’t really know what I was doing in the food-blogging realm, but I just kept posting recipes.

This is What Ree Drummond would do if she didn’t have her show

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Drummond also spoke about her main passion and discussed what she would pick if she had to choose between being on The Pioneer Woman, writing books, or blogging. She told the audience at the BlogHer conference that she would choose blogging if she had to make a choice:

So, all of these experiences I had; I still want to be home. That’s my goal. I can’t imagine ever moving. I can’t imagine my life ever changing appreciably in that way. Home is really what I love the best, and that’s why I really love blogging the best. My point in all this was, there’s the show, I have cookbooks, I have children’s books, but honestly, if I had to choose one thing it would be blogging because it works with my life. I can be home in my yoga pants with holes. I can be around my children and I love it. I love the medium.

Ree Drummond’s advice to bloggers

The Food Network star offered advice to beginning bloggers. She told them to keep writing every day and not to quit when things get tough:

I love blogging. All of this is because I started a blog in 2006. If you don’t quite know what you’re doing yet, just stick with it. I have a list of things that I learned about blogging, and one of them is blog often. That really was helpful for me in the early days, was just committing myself to blogging. And it really is like a muscle. The less you exercise that muscle, the more it will atrophy. The more you flex it, the stronger you’ll become and the more natural it will become.

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