Blog Gives Community
This blogger definitely has a heart for helping people understand the how and why behind raising food animals.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
I’m a 23-year-old farm girl living life in the Midwest. I graduated with a B.S. in Animal Sciences in December, 2010; and shortly thereafter started work as a research specialist for the University I graduated from. At work I’m in charge of 24 pregnant gilts (pigs that haven’t had piglets yet) and then I come home and help my husband manage our small beef cattle herd. I grew up in 4-H and FFA and realized from a young age that I had an immense passion for agriculture and farm animals. My husband works my father-in-law on the farm full time, and they also have a couple of small swine nursery barns.
2. What made you want to start your blog?
I started out my college education in Agricultural Journalism, but fell in love with the Animal Science department after taking just one class and switched over. I’ve always loved writing (even if I’m not that talented). It’s forever been my goal to combine writing with my passion for agriculture, and help educate others about the industry. After graduation when I didn’t have a job right away I started writing to pass the time. I just wanted to share the facts and tell our story.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
Probably the most surprising thing I’ve found since I started blogging is the sense of community I have found in the comments people have left on my posts. Some of the topics I write about can be controversial due to their nature, however even people from other walks of life have shared their experiences thanked me for sharing my viewpoint.
4. What is your favorite post and why?
My favorite post to date would have to be the one I wrote on “Raising Food Animals”. Thanks to a blogger friend who shared the link on Facebook, that post received lots of view, fast. It was a little overwhelming to me; the people who commented were extremely thankful and gracious. I was simply setting out to answer the question of how I can raise animals with the intended purpose of slaughter, but it became about more, about telling the story of people like me.
5. Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from reading posts written by other bloggers, from controversial topics that come up in the news surrounding agriculture, and from my everyday life on the farm. Honestly, this is one of the hardest parts of blogging for me. Especially as of late, with gaining more readers, I feel that my content needs to be interesting and worth reading. I’m still trying to find the write balance of every-day-life posts and agricultural-topic posts.
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