A few weeks ago, brilliance struck. I decided to do a solo Ask Me Anything podcast episode.
To kick things off, I asked everyone on X if they had any questions they would like me to answer on the show. I compiled all the questions and sat down with a microphone to answer them.
How’d that go?
Not great. Notice it’s not up yet.
Trying to record the episode, I discovered talking into the great abyss is not for me. But kudos to all the solo podcasters out there. You have a talent I do not possess.
So, will there ever be an Ask Me Anything episode? Probably not. Instead, I will try to answer some of those questions in other episodes. Others, I will answer here on the blog.
I bring this up because one of the questions I received stuck with me. It’s been rattling around in my brain all week and made me reflect on why I created Where the Dogwood Blooms.
Why’d You Start Doing This?
Billy from The Appalachian Podcast asked, “Why’d you start doing this, and what’s been the most difficult part?”
That question stopped me dead. Why did I start doing this?
I suppose the simplest answer is that I wanted to read about North Carolina from a North Carolinian perspective. So I looked around the internet.
What I found were educational sites and Our State magazine.
The NC-based blogs I found weren’t written about North Carolina. A lot of them seemed to be geared toward newcomers. They centered around lifestyle or travel.
Few of those bloggers had deep NC roots. Many espoused values contrary to those I had known my whole life. Even more pushed restaurants, events, and styles out of touch with the average local, i.e., me.
None of them produced the kind of content I was looking for.
I wanted to know about NC culture, history, and artisans. I didn’t care about the new fad cafes in Raleigh – I’d rather hear about the hundred-year-old BBQ joint in BFE, where locals line up every weekend.
Unable to find the site I was looking for, I created it for myself.
It’s essentially the same reason I created the podcast: to help preserve North Carolina’s cultural heritage.
The Hardest Part
The hardest part of what I do? Time. We homeschool, and my husband works from home. In a busy house, it’s hard to find a block of time when it is quiet enough to write, much less to record a podcast.
The struggle is real, y’all.
Sometimes, I wonder if the extra stress is worth it.
But then I think about the photos of plants and the historic site recommendations y’all send. I think of the stories you’ve shared. The comments, DMs, and emails. Those little gestures remind me that I am not the only one trying to reconnect with my roots.
There’s a lot of us.
And that makes it worth it.