I take it back — I am so totally rurally screwed

by Jessie K on November 9, 2012

When 85 percent of your commenters tell you to leave well enough alone, you listen.

That’s the takeaway I gleaned after yesterday’s post about mulling a name change for the blog.

Rurally Screwed it is. Jessie Knadler, CEO and Grand Chieftan of Rurally Screwed Enterprises, reporting for service!

Employees: one.

Third quarter earnings: $37.75.

Passion for poultry: Unlimited.

I crave (craved?) a name change because it didn’t adequately express the way I feel anymore, and I got sick of no one understanding me at social functions: “You write for The Rural Juror? What’s that you say? Oh, you write for a porn site. How nice for you. I once served on a jury too.”

Well, screw it. That’s right, Rurally Screw It! There are enough flowery and chaste blog titles out there anyway (that also happen to be wildly more successful than mine).

As long as we’re being honest here, the longer I do this and the more readers who tune in, I have a tendency to second guess myself, my voice and my direction. There are so many voices in blog land — seriously, I bet even your dog as a blog — and so many wildly successful sites capable of drawing hundreds of thousands of readers per day that a blogger can, without much noticing what she’s doing, end up trying to ape the voice of those sites in an attempt to draw an avalanche of readers too.  But whenever I do that, I always wind up sounding like someone’s kindly aunt sprinkled with fairy juice and sugar dust explaining how to make seasonal tassels from yarn. Man, that just isn’t me. It’ll never be me.

This is me.

An avatar for modern times.

Thanks for the feedback, support and suggestions, gentle readers. Without you, I’m tepid oatmeal on a hot summer’s day.

Love, Rurally Screwed

P.S. The blog will be going through a gradual redesign over the next couple of months so look out for a new tag line. Thanks for the nudge in that direction.

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Leah November 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Glad to see you’re keeping the Rurally Screwed. It’s what caught me and apparantly many others. Please add more “cowboy” Jake. He has an interesting and strong personality. Keep plenty of June coming, she is so cute and just starting to enter her adventurous stages. And what can I say—more Solha. One of the most entertaining parts of your blog is your family and the interactions and adventures.

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GinnyN November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

yea! I just finished your riveting “Rurally Screwed”. excellently written! I forced myself to put it down to go to sleep so i’d have a fun day the next day finishing it.

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Jessie K November 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Thank you!!!

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Paula November 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Fine, call yourself anything you please. But I still think you’re rurally blessed, and that you know that now. You have a comfortable home in a lovely place, good neighbors, a healthy child, and a good husband who made it safely home from war. For icing on the cake, you get to sell your writing.

We will read no matter what you call yourself.

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Brad K. November 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Oh. Am I taking these phrases out of context? “ Oh, you write for a porn site.” and “ how to make seasonal tassels“?? Because, like, I didn’t see the tie-in to chickens, family, and the Rural life . . I better read this thing again.

As for the ” tepid oatmeal on a hot summer’s day”, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon/sugar, and enjoy. If it is dried enough to eat with your fingers, that is great — the fiber and “system effects” are undiminished!

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Kelly C. November 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I was gone this weekend and missed my opportunity to chime in. I’ll be totally honest, I work for a church and several times I’ve wanted to link your blog and send to friends or post it on facebook, but the name has held me back. I will call myself a pansie, just being honest :)

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Kelly C. November 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

And, that makes no sense, it’s not even the weekend yet. I was getting ready for a staff planning retreat Wed/Th/Friday so it already feels like the weekend – I’m tired.

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Bob F November 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Jessie – just continue to be yourself. The Rurally Screwed blog is perhaps the most honest one around which also makes it very enjoyable and highly creditable.

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Karyn Gorman November 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Nothing wrong with creating a brand and sticking with it. Most likely you are going through the uncertainty of typecasting yourself. Not one blog tells the entire story of one person–we are all more complicated than that. Love your writing and think that you have a strong voice. More than I can say for a lot of these “very successful” blogs out there and sometimes my own–I stole mine from my dog as his dog burying duties kept getting in the way. Good luck!

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sarah November 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

you could put a little line under the blog name is smallish print..”rurally screwed” ( and lovin every minute of it!…mostly :)

just remember no matter how you change what we the readers see..your boots still look cool.

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tara belle November 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I love it, just the way it is, and I agree with those who said that ‘Rurally Screwed’ seems tongue-in-cheek. One of the reasons I love your blog is that your personality doesn’t seem forced and very rarely are your blog entries sugar coated for public consumption. That’s all I can aspire to be!

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Melanie November 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

You rock, Jessie K! Thank goodness you’re not “someone’s kindly aunt sprinkled with fairy juice and sugar dust explaining how to make seasonal tassels from yarn” cuz I’d for one would never read you!

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Julie November 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

Rurally Screwed and Diggin’it!
yeah, obviously I’m not very clever. But man I have fun reading you. You’re SO clever and sassy and fun that no matter how you go about this folks are going to seek you out.

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Jessie K November 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Did someone (I) pay you to write that? Thank you, Julie!

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Deirdre November 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Well, looks like I have found my polar opposite. Um, so, I’m personally Suburbanly Screwed. So, perhaps we should have ‘blog volleys’ to compare notes, marvel at the differences in our everyday adventures, & appropriately provide tips to our readers on how to cope with whichever Screwed One our dear reader happens to identify with! I was brought here (hmmmm…visions of me being dragged here by my pioneer husband in a covered wagon after our arranged marriage) to Suburbia Hell (yes folks, that is a REAL place) by my husband – whisking me away from my idyllic life of vegetable gardens, cow-milking & drying my clothes on a clothesline. I’m in culture shock….and implementing tactics of transplanted suburban survival til I serve the end of my time & (eventually) retreat back to my cornfields & dirt roads, which we agreed on after my 4-year sentence.Will I manage to keep my rural roots alive? Or will I self-destruct in lawn maintenance, claustophobia, and daily withdrawals of widely opened spaces?

Whatcha think?

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Brenda November 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I don’t remember how I arrived here (several months ago) but after the first read I was hooked and immediately set up an RSS feed so that your blog arrives in my mail box whenever you post. I’m a city girl but I love reading and learning from your blog about another world. So glad you’re keeping “Rurally Screwed.”

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Courtney November 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yes, everyone and their mom (and sometimes their dog, too) has a blog these days. I have a little one that depresses me from time to time because in the scheme of the blogging world, it’s rather tiny a pathetic right now. I mentioned this to a friend who reminded me that she reads it and loves it because it’s insight into a life she doesn’t have. Sometimes when you spend all day reading other blogs and books by people who are further down the road, you forget that there are plenty of people who don’t write blogs or know the first thing about raising chickens. And for all the people who do right about chickens … and family … and alcohol … none of them will ever write about it in the way that you do.

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