As some of you may know, the team of Poor Amateurs has been looking rather thin lately. That is the essence of the “poor” portion of the name, after all. If we can’t afford to ride, that does eliminate a lot of our blogging material. It’s rather unfortunate, but that is the way of life for equestrians. We spend our time making money to pour it into this sport and these animals and rarely, if ever, see any kind of financial return. But we keep doing it, day after day.
It’s funny. When Amanda Lee and I started this blog, neither of us had any idea what would come from it. I never would have thought that anyone would read this blog. I never envisioned this blog would be so widely read, that something I wrote would go viral, that anything at all would come of this… More importantly, I never thought I would be in the position of looking for another blogging partner.
I want to make it explicitly clear that Amanda Lee and I are still on good terms. She is more than a best friend to me; she’s my sister. (Seriously, we have a wild conspiracy theory that we’re actually twins separated at birth. We were literally born on the same day in the same hospital. Coincidence? I think not!) She’ll always be a part of my life. But Amanda Lee has decided that this particular part of my life is something she is not going to continue.
From Amanda Lee:
“I stopped blogging when horses became my job. I just wasn’t comfortable writing so much about other people’s horses, especially since they were my responsibility in other ways. Also, I am not exactly an amateur. But I do hope to start blogging again in the future, most likely elsewhere.”
I’ve had a hard time writing this blog post. I started writing it seven days ago, to be completely honest. Continuing on feels so write, but without Amanda Lee, it just feels incomplete. She’s always been there to support me, and I her. She continues to assure me that she will support me blogging here.
This brings me to my next point. One of the best parts of this blog was the fact that it was so active with two authors. I’m obviously doing what I can to maintain activity here. But I’ve also discovered that you, my lovely readers and followers, love the idea of multiple points of view. So this is my formal announcement that I am seeking additional writers for the site. Please click here to apply!
I am so excited at the prospect of working with some new writers because it is a way to constantly continue improving. But it will take some time for me to get used to blogging without Amanda Lee. It’s already been enough of an adjustment not even being in the same state anymore… Me being here, in Florida, with Amanda Lee home in Georgia is the farthest we’ve ever lived away from each other since we met a decade ago. So to those who are interested in applying, I encourage you to do your best and show me what you’ve got. Even with her tiny calves and tinier feet, Amanda Lee has left quite a big pair of shoes to fill.
Until then, my dear readers…
Just in case you couldn’t see it before, please click this link to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/XCH1UjcF6Fp6Y4dw2