The final installment of “Because of my blog”. After reading these I would like you to think what you could do, who you could reach with your own blog.
Because of my blog, I believe I have shown my followers that we raise cotton in a much different manner than many may have thought. I have gotten replies and comments from followers thanking me for sharing our methods and practices. I have also connected with other cotton growers all over the world, which would have never been possible without my blog. Kissed A Farmer
Because of my blog – I have been able to engage those not involved in animal agriculture in positive discussion about the why and how of agriculture practices. From slaughter to antibiotics to animal handling, both my readers and I have learned a lot about the differing opinions surrounding these important topics. Buzzard’s Beat
Because of my blog…. I have been challenged to write about some very
difficult subjects. A request from a reader on GMO’s produced a whole
set of blogs. It required a bit of research since it was not all
opinion, although my opinion was all that they asked for. I needed to
assure myself that what I believed had some basis in fact.Minnesota Farm
Because of my blog which started in August 2008, I have been writing things down as they came to mind, about my life and my family and village, and the folk who helped to rear me (other than my parents,) and mold my life within a small village community
On looking back cannot believe the number of blogs [posts] I have written, and found that the older folk over here in UK are the ones most likely to be interested in what I’ve writ, but unfortunately most of the older generation don’t have a computer. (Two of my brothers included)
So I started to print off odd blogs and send them a copy to read by “snail mail” ( that’s the UK postal service). Then stared to put them into book form, and eventually found I had filled enough to fill over two hundred pages four times, (four volumes).
The debate then came to finding a title for the book/s and with the picture of our stack yard in the back ground and the hay barn almost full of hay on the cover, the first suggestion was “Fifty Bales Of Hay” which I thought was absolutely brilliant .
It must have been a tongue in cheek suggestion, (by one of my learned tutors) so I proceeded to print off a couple of front covers to show the younger generation in my family
Me/I having lived a very sheltered life had never heard of a book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” this was very quickly pointed out by my family, that I had been thrown a “red herring” and took the bait hook line and sinker`.
Apparently the “Shades Of Grey” book is of a lurid and sexual nature, and the “Fifty Bales of Hay” spoof I had been fed, and was told it would sell like hot cakes on the internet.
I was reprimanded about my alleged ignorance (by our two daughters) and the two printed cover were hastily shredded, so the preferred title now is settle down to “The Longest Furrow” Yews Farm
Thank you to all who have sent in their entry showing the places their blogs have taken them.
I have met some amazing people. I have learned that there is a whole community of ag bloggers that share my passion and beliefs. These people are an inspiration to me and I can only hope my little corner of the web encourages others to share their thoughts as well. Circle The Wagons
Because of my blog…I have learned that people from Scotland to New Jersey to Portland, Oregon are fascinated and awed by our rural lifestyle, and love to hear more about what we really do. Montana For Real
Because of my blog I’ve been able to connect to interested groups about American agriculture that would otherwise not know about the wonderful industry we serve. Julie’s Fresh Air
Because of my blog I stay mentally focused and challenged. I love to learn and to be able afford to farm I had to learn how to teach. It took me 5 years to somewhat master teaching but I taught vocational agriculture and served as “the county agent” for 31 years. When I retired, I was lost like a divorce for 2 years. I needed an intellectual outlet. When my wife challenged me to write a blog and share my thoughts and experiences 4 years ago, I accepted the challenge. HyMark High Spots is the result and I have enjoyed most of it for these 4 years! Good blogging is like writing a book or doing an assignment for me, I give it all I got. Some days I come up short but I always win as a result and my readers keep me going. Right now I can’t imagine not blogging but someday I suppose I will have to hang it up. Blogging is a way to share God’s great gifts to me. He speaks through other people and if I am quiet and ponder a thought or message, I get insight I can share. I have a long list of Mentors who provide this to me. Blogging is a natural outlet for it all.
Because of my blog I have gotten to be a better writer.
Because of my blog I have been noticed in popular agriculture media.
Because of my blog I have gotten to know some great people from all over.
Because of my blog I have an easy way to keep customers informed about what is going on in the field.
I am in total disbelief with myself. And I am not being overly dramatic. This whole summer I had not thought about blogging about the drought.
You might not know but the events of the harvest of 2009 made it crystal clear to me why blogging is so important to farmers. It is the written proof of our farm heritage we pass on to future generations.
I could use the excuse that my blog and farm website were being professionally joined and had been under construction all summer.
But in reality, it never even occurred to me to write about the drought. (I still can’t believe it.) All summer long, I read articles, others blogs, cursed the radar. What is even sadder is that my family was interviewed for articles in magazines and farm news TV shows!
Come on! What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t. I might as well be stripped of my blogger badge.
I was literally watching history pass me by and didn’t even know it. The stark meaning of can’t see the forest for the trees. I was living it; but didn’t see it. Thinking back to 2009, I don’t think at the time I realized how important that year would be either ’til later.
Luckily, I take lots of pictures. I do have photo documentation covering the drought events. Now all I have to do is go back, post the pictures and write while it is still fresh in my memory.
Please learn from my tremendous blogging FAIL.
Even if you are busy, even if it doesn’t seem important, even if you don’t think anyone will notice…
You will only regret it if you don’t write it down. Don’t let history pass you by.
Is there something you wish your parents/grandparents would have written about?
I believe this is our first time featuring cotton farmers, next to a desert no less. Suzie tells wonderful stories about her farm at Kissed a Farmer.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
Daniel & Suzie Wilde are cotton farmers in West Central Texas near San Angelo. Our farms lie on the edge of the largest desert in North America, the Chihuahuan Desert. We farm 700 acres of mostly cotton with no irrigation, “dryland cotton.” We also farm some wheat and grain sorghum for rotation. We had a small cattle herd but had to sell them off due to the drought last year. Most of Daniel’s farms have been in his family for many years, some up to a century. He does all the work himself except during harvest time. I have been a crop insurance agent for over 20 years and I am the daughter of a second generation cotton ginner.
2. What made you want to start your blog?
I started my Facebook page, Kissed A Farmer, as part of an effort to share the story of agriculture through social media in conjunction with the Texas Farm Bureau Texas Agriculture Challenges Team (TACT.) Once I started that, I soon saw that I wanted an outlet for more details and information than I was able to put on a Facebook status update. I wanted to share more about the methods and practices we use out here that are unique to this part of the world. That’s when I started my Kissed A Farmer blog. I have been asked about the name “Kissed A Farmer” and why would I choose that. I tell our story from the eyes of a farm wife who doesn’t work on nor live on the farm. I kiss my farmer good bye in the morning and kiss him hello at night. I help out when I can, but mostly I watch with awe the amazing things he does out there called dryland cotton farming and share the story from my unique perspective.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
The biggest surprise to me has been that most people don’t realize there are so many crops grown without any irrigation. We only get about 12 inches of rain during our growing season and after reading that, one man commented that what we were doing was “extraordinary.” Out here next to the Chihuahuan Desert, we go about our lives, hoping for one more inch of rain and one less day of 100 degree heat. Having been here all my life, I was used to the extremes of our weather and the things we do to battle it or take advantage of it. But learning that others are so fascinated by it, I now have a wonderful new appreciation of what we do.
Serendipity is a post about the long awaited approval of a fungicide that will help us control Cotton Root Rot. To get this product is next to a miracle for the producers who have fought this problem with their cotton for over 100 years. All of our farms lie in an area with a heavy infestation of the fungus. The day Daniel started planting, I left work just to watch the first seed go in the ground using the fungicide. It caused so much excitement in our farming community that for the past 6 months, little else was the topic of conversation at coffee shops and cotton gins. It was a wonderful experience for me to share all this excitement with my readers.
5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
The only obstacles I have met is lack of knowledge about effective blogging. I read a lot of what I consider great blogs to see what is working for them. I also visit sites and blogs about blogging to get as many tips and ideas as possible. I have attended some seminars and presentations on the subject also.
Just put this blog post checklist together this weekend. I love making these kind of graphics. Will have to think up some more in the future.
I had been wanting to make a checklist for myself for awhile. I would think my post was ready to publish. So up it would go. Then when I would go to view the post and admire my most recent creation. Crap! I forgot_____.
Then I figured that others also would like to have a check list for writing blog posts. I don’t always do everything on the list. It’s just what I shoot for.
You can download the file (link below) to keep on your computer or print it out if you like. Tell me what you think of my infographic.
We are taking this site in a different direction. I have other websites that I am working on.
Together we will discover
1. how to reach an audience
2. make strong connections
3. get your message out
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