Yes, Jamie dear, what you said – thank you! Since I tend to be in a constant delusional state, I can only partially begin to tell you how completely overwhelmed I have been by the events which have transpired over the last few days. My blog & my first blog post went public last Friday and I never expected the outpouring of support and enthusiasm which I have received since. Never! When I publicly announced the blog on Facebook and Twitter, my thought was that I would be happy if 10 people took a moment of their valuable time to take a look. So, you can imagine my excitement over the more than 3000 views my blog has received since it went public on August 11. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I must tell you that the comments I have received on the blog plus the comments from the Outlander social media community have been completely humbling and mind boggling. Oh, and that’s not to mention the wonderful emails I have received and new Instagram & Twitter follows. Then to put the cherry on top of all that goodness, Karen Henry over at Outlandish Observations shared my blog with her readers. Let’s just say, I have been so excited that I’ve looked a lot like Murtagh trying to dance a jig. Murtagh & I have a lot in common, you see – we both love Jamie and neither of us can dance! But after looking more closely, I believe Murtagh has a slight advantage over me in the dancing department.
So, if you will allow me, I want to take a moment to let ALL of you know how much I appreciate every single one of you who visited my blog, commented, emailed, followed me on Instagram and Twitter and even shared my blog with others. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This past week has been an awesome ride and it would never have happened without you! I am both humbled and amazed! Thank you all!!!
I also want to let you know, in case you didn’t see the link when visiting the blog, that there is an Outlander North Carolina Facebook group.
This group’s focus is primarily on North Carolina as it relates to the Outlander series of books beginning with Drums of Autumn and/or the STARZ Original TV Series beginning with Season 4. However, while that’s the focus, other Outlander topics (Books 1 through 3 & Seasons 1 through 3) are, of course, welcome as well as any other Outlander related topic of interest. I mean we have to make it through the rest of Droughtlander, right? (Did I just say that word? Where is Dr. I. Fash Yeken when you need him?) In order to do that, we have to talk about the first three books and the previous two seasons plus the upcoming one to do it! If you haven’t joined the group already, head on over there, soldier, and join up! (Pssst! You can find the group by clicking here.)
If you have joined, we are so glad to have you! We want to encourage all members to connect with each other. The group is not my group but OURS together! Don’t be afraid to post, share, comment, etc. We want this to be an engaged, vibrant group who is excited about learning and/or sharing the North Carolina angle of Outlander plus ALL other things Outlander!
Again, thank you with all my heart and welcome to the sometimes crazy world of Outlander North Carolina. I hope it will not disappoint!
Do you have a suggestion for something you’d like me to write about on this blog? Would you be interested in writing a guest post? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, please be so kind as to put it in the comments or you can send me a message by clicking on the “Say Hello” link in the menu and fill out the form. I’d love to hear from you and I thank you – truly!
Thank you taking time to do the blog. I truly did enjoy reading. Keep up the fantastic work!
Thank YOU, Linda!
Beth, congrats for listening to your heart and moving forward with this blog and sharing your love of Diana’s creation – Outlander. You are not in this alone, as you are well aware. However, not everyone is able to articulate their thoughts and love of place as you are doing for your N.C. So thank you for taking this leap and landing on soft ground – you are not alone. I have been to your area and Grand father Mountain Games twice and loved, loved it. Moving – well, no. This Arkie lass will stay with her place in God’s Country – even though it was not and will not be visited by Clare and Jamie – Sadly.
Have fun with your Blog and have a blessed weekend. Helen in Ark.
Dear Helen, thank you so very much for your kind words. They mean so much. Yes, NC is a beautiful place and I am so glad that Jamie and Claire found there way here which has given me the opportunity to write about something I love – Outlander & NC. Thank you for commenting and I hope you have a blessed weekend too – in Arkansas!
Beth, you are doing a great job and I’m so excited for the success you are experiencing. Congratulations, keep up the wonderful work. I enjoy your posts (wherever I find them). Have a great day.
Thank you, Ada! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you, Beth! I’m excited you have taken on this endeavor because the rewards for the rest of us are so great! My cousin and I have joined together to plan a family trip due to your inspiration and efforts. Would love to utilize the advice from the group on Outlander locations and historical sites. Will a compilation of information be available to reference on the Facebook page? Looking forward to visiting NC and thanks again for your fabulous and dedicated work!
Oh Lisa! Thank you so much for your kind words! To think that I may have played some small part in your family visiting North Carolina makes my heart happy! And yes, I am in the process of putting together a Must See in NC Guide for Outlander fans and it will be available on the blog in the next few weeks! Keep an eye out for it on the blog and in the group. Again, thank you so much for your comment and for reading my blog!
Hey Beth! This is so fun and I’m so happy you took the leap. North Carolina being in these books is one of my favorite parts of the series. I live way up in the northern WNC mountains and I never want to live anywhere else. Well, that’s not true, I’d definitely live in Scotland, but not forever, a few years would be okay….oooh even better would be a vacation cottage so I could go back and forth!! Okay back to reality please ????. I am a RN ‘in the field’ meaning that I travel to my patients homes weekly in the following counties; Mitchell (my home county), Avery, Watauga, Yancey, McDowell, Burke and Caldwell. In other words, my office has SPECTACULAR views! I’ve been reading (and re-reading) the books for a long time and I constantly find myself saying things like this (to myself) “oh, that is the perfect Ridge, yep, that’s it” or “pshhh, Major MacDonald would really complain about getting up that steep road to the Big House”. This kind of thing happens DAILY. No joke. Another thing I do is take pics from the road (not while I’m driving, have you seen these roads?). They’re just iPhone pics, but I’m happy to share if you’d like.
Hey Jennifer! Are we related?!?! Same last name, same obsession? Hmmmmm! I am so glad you stopped by my blog and shared your Outlander story! And, oh yes, I have seen those roads and I know had you been taking pictures while you were driving, you wouldn’t have been in any condition to comment! We own a little getaway in Ashe County – not far from you – and I do the exact same thing! I catch myself thinking “Oh I can see Jamie & Claire here” almost everywhere I go! Totally bonkers! I really need to get a life! ???? Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, Jennifer!
I am a recent convert to Outlander and like you, was blown away after watching Season 1 of the series! It is absolute fantastic! I am definitely OBSESSED! I too was born, raised, and live in North Carolina (Swansboro). I am so hoping to go to Scotland in 2021, depending on COVID. My ancestors were Scottish Highlanders and were members of the McIntosh clan. My family name is McPhail. The McIntosh clan fought at Culloden and lost more men than any other clan. The survivors did indeed migrate to the Cape Fear River region in NC. As you May recall, Auntie Jocenta’s plantation sat on the banks of the Cape Fear in the tv series. I love your website (Outlandernorthcarolina.com) and look forward to reading your blogs. I have also joined the FB group. Keep up the good work!
Hey, Susan–please look for an email from me–thank you!