I used to frequent a helpful message board called "Homesteading Today". I still visit there occasionally, especially when I need advice on gardening, or help with a livestock problem.
Somehow, while perusing that board, I found comments that intrigued me from a person who was obviously marching to the beat of her own drummer. On her profile at Homesteading Today, there was a link to her blog, "Doc's Sunrise Rants". Her main topic back then was homeschooling, which, of course, was of no use or interest to me. However, I'd check in once in a while to see how her life was going.
One day in late 2007 or early 2008, she mentioned that a friend of hers had been nominated for an award at "The Bloggies", a yearly competition where readers get to vote for their favorite blogs in various categories; she suggested that everybody go cast their ballots for "The Pioneer Woman" in the "best-kept secret" blog category.
I went to the blog for a look-see and have never turned back. I've promoted it shamelessly ever since.
Back then, there weren't nearly as many people reading "Pioneer Woman", and followers would compete to see who could be the first commenter on any new entry.
Last year, Ree won "Weblog of the Year". She's promoting her cookbook, and everybody knows who she is now.
But thanks to Doc, I knew her when.