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Bel Joeor is moving!

I’ve been thinking about this for a LONG time, and now it’s official.

Bel Joeor is moving!

Please bookmark the new site, http://www.beljoeor.com.

Until December 1, I’ll cross-post each new post on both this blog and the new site. Each post here will have a reminder to follow me to the new site.

After December 1, all new content will be exclusively at the new website.

I’m excited for the change, and I’ll see you over there!

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Housekeeping

A few updates around the blog, mostly recording this for posterity.

– New header! With a few more made & in the wings that will actually correspond to the seasons, as was my intention a long time ago when I designed a header

– I spent about two hours (yes, really) inputting all the horse blogs I read into a widget for the sidebar, which is ordered by most recent update. Final count was over 100, maybe close to 120.

– I combined a few of the pages up top; namely, all the reviews (book, movie, and product) are under one tab.

Going forward, I plan on updating the About page, and adding a page with my favorite posts on it. Maybe something else I think will be useful, but I have no brilliant ideas right now.

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Announcing: Bel Joeor Facebook Page

I’m pleased to announce that I have taken a big step forward in my blogging life and have made a Facebook page for Bel Joeor.

You can find and follow me here. I’ll also be putting a widget in the sidebar to show recent status updates, etc. 
I will almost certainly be sharing content, photos, etc. that won’t make their way to this blog; I’m going to try and do more polished posts here, with thoughtful writing that I’ve actually (!) edited. Facebook will be more of the blurbs, one-off photos, and shared articles. Obviously, I’ll link all posts from here, too.
(To give credit where credit is due, in large part I was inspired to set this up by Lauren’s excellent series of posts about horse blogging, in particular this one on traffic.)
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And now for something completely different…

I will have some horse stuff to talk about later, but I’d like to take a moment to boost the signal on a project that is near and dear to my heart.

Louisa May Alcott and her family moved to a house in Concord, MA in 1858. Her father, Bronson, named it “Orchard House” after the apple orchards that surrounded it. It was in that house that Louisa wrote the book that would make her famous: Little Women. She blazed through the draft in one month, sitting at a little desk overlooking the front yard.

Orchard House is a truly special place. If any house can be said to have a soul, Orchard House has one. I worked at Orchard House in college, mostly as a tour guide. When I was promoted to opening and closing, I would often get to the house 15 minutes early and sit on the floor in one of the rooms, soaking up the atmosphere. I love that house like I love few other places in the world.

It’s a special place with a really special history, on both the emotional and the intellectual levels.

Right now, Orchard House is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary telling the story of the house itself, which dates back to the Revolutionary War and contains fascinating American history above and beyond the Alcott family, whose story is much more far-reaching than just Louisa’s literary career. The house has been a museum for over a century, and has a remarkable portion of original family furnishings and artifacts.

If you’re a fan of Little Women, please consider donating to the Kickstarter campaign.

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Ch-Ch-Changes: Introducing Bel Joeor

One big change, one small change.

First: I’m changing the blog title. I’ve never been wild with “An Eventful Life.” It was a bit generic, a bit boring-punny instead of clever-punny, and let’s face it: my life is just not all that exciting, and I prefer it that way.

New title: Bel Joeor

Bel Joeor comes from Tristan’s show name, which is “Tristan’s Bel Joeor.” It means beautiful player. In one early French telling of the legend of Tristan, his horse’s name is Bel Joeor. (More about Tristan’s renaming here.)

I’m also putting a label on a gradual shift that I’ve been doing away from eventing. It’s a little bit sadness at the way the sport is going, a little bit unsuitable horse, a little bit lack of funding, a little bit current location and circumstances. I’ve always been interested in all the varieties of horse + human, not just one sport, so it was time this blog officially represented that.

I was bored with the standard Blogspot template, so I tinkered around a little bit. I stuck with one of their layouts + color schemes, because my artistic eye is wholly nonexistent, but I did put together a header. I’d talked about doing this before, but finally got around to it.

So if you visit the blog’s main page, you’ll now see some summery pictures of us out and about. I plan to rotate them with the seasons.