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5 Reasons Why Farmers Should Blog

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I was asked to write an article for my state’s beef magazine about blogging. Since the topic is so large, it will be turned into a series of articles. The original post was the inspiration for the first submission in the series. I wanted to share it with you.

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Since a blog is simply a journal online (web blog) anyone who uses the internet can start one. They are extremely easy and free to start up. In this first article, I will be discussing why farmers should be blogging.

I started a blog in 2007 www.kidscattle.com to inform some of the members of online forums I frequented how we raised cattle and how cute the kids were showing then. I received regular comments from readers from all over who had no idea how beef was produced. Now with multiple websites, I have come to realize how worthwhile maintaining a blog is to the agriculture industry, my farm, and for generations to come.

1. Education
More and more of the general population is many generations removed from hands on farm experience. Thus, they get their information about where their food comes from through old and new media. A blog is the best way for individual farmers to show, explain, and educate people about the operations of a family farm. Consumers would much rather read about the production of their food from the farmers involved than a reporter. This education is a two way street. Expect to receive comments from visitors with their questions and views. You will learn about the expectations of consumers. This will lead to topics that you can continue to write about on your blog.

2. Record
Being a log or journal, a blog is an excellent way to keep a record of events on your farm. Reviewing your blog you will quickly see when and how things happened each season. A wet spring, early frost, when the tractor broke down, pictures of your favorite cow, etc. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have a scrapbook of your grandparent’s about the daily happenings on their farm? Think about how future generations will love reading about your farm life.

3. Family
Your farm blog is a convenient way for family members anywhere in the world to keep up on events back home. Adding pictures or even video will bring them right beside you during your daily work.

4. Business
Likewise, if you have landlords scattered across the US a blog is tremendous help in keeping them informed on the growing and harvesting of their crops. They just simply read updates on your site. This is also a simple way for them to contact you with any questions they may have. There is no better resume for potential landowners to get to know how you work or run your farm. Blogs are usually about personal information but as farmers we know that our business is personal. Think of your blog as a brochure to potential business associates.

5. Home base
Just like you have fields scattered throughout the county or counties, you still have a home place that is the center of operations. It’s where you start your day and where you bring all the equipment back to. That is what a blog is for your online presence. You might be on twitter or facebook; but a blog is where you tell your full story. The others are just sticky notes of information that are quickly gone tomorrow.

Hopefully, I have convinced you about how valuable blogging can be. Your industry needs your voice to tell your farm’s story. No one else can do it or should do it. Your business has a message. You can make it a prosperous one. Your grandkids want to know their heritage. Your blog can provide them that history.

Leave a comment if any of these reasons are true for you. Are there others you can think of to include?

17 comments
LaurenBarker
LaurenBarker

You are so right!  Some of the points you mentioned for reasons to have a blog are ones that I hadn't even thought of.  I've started my own blog to write about agriculture issues and a lot of the time I feel like I don't have a whole lot to write about because I am in college currently so I don't get to visit my farm very often.  What suggestions would you have to other agvocates who are having "writers block"?

Karmen www.blessingsbeyondthebarnyard.com
Karmen www.blessingsbeyondthebarnyard.com

I'm so glad I found you! Great post farmNwife...I'm Karmen from www.blessingsbeyondthebarnyard.com  I would LOVE for you to stop by..I have been blogging a couple of years and know just enough to be dangerous.  I have grown to LOVE it. I am currently working on a children's book about life on the farm.  Have you ever published anything?

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Above all what is being said and done I would like to give a big round of applause for thinking of this particular topic. Great blog. Was a really new stuff for me.

Ashton
Ashton

I guess if you blog often and when you look back at all the entries you have blogged, it can be quite amazing sometimes :)

Lorna
Lorna

An avid blogger, I have just started my irish farmette blog - partly to record how farming is changing as well as a diary and I love the idea of it being a journal for future generations to look back on and see how we 'did it back then'. Great blog post

Loberg Farms
Loberg Farms

As a beginning blogger this is so encouraging- hopefully we can iron out the wrinkles and share our story as successfully and articulately as you :)

Daddy by Default
Daddy by Default

I'm not a farmer, but I can understand this post. I think it applies to many other businesses too, and is a great idea, especially to help keep a record of events and to teach.

Jeff Hamons
Jeff Hamons

I think blogs are a great leveling power -- allowing small farmers to connect directly with consumers.

We have already gathered quite the following on our blog from many loyal readers -- both consumers and fellow farmers.

Jeff Hamons

Synergistic Acres - Kansas City Natural Farm

Katie @ Pinke Post
Katie @ Pinke Post

Love this insight Judi! My mom blogs @GriggsDakota and it is definitely a great resource to tell our story, connect with family and friends, log our farm happenings and more! I blog for my family, farm, food, faith and freedom. I call them my "f's" of blogging. Keep blogging and sharing. You rock!

farmnwife
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Sorry I haven't replied sooner. It's been a long harvest.

I would post on what is happening at the farm that you are missing out on. And if that is a good or bad thing. Write about past memories.

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farmnwife
farmnwife

I agree, Ashton. I was looking back to my posts from 2009. That was a year for the record books.

farmnwife
farmnwife

Lorna,

I'm sure your grandchildren will appreciate your journals. Thanks for stopping by.

farmnwife
farmnwife

Thank you. The wonderful thing is there are so many ways to tell your story. I use video and screencasts quite a bit because I don't like to write. But I find that I improve when I put the time into it. Keep plugging away. You will get better with every post.

Blog on,

farmnwife
farmnwife

So true, Craig. I don't think people consider the value of being able to come back to their blogs as a record of important events. Thanks.

farmnwife
farmnwife

I agree, Jeff. Small, local farmers have an advantage of closer relationships with consumers.
Wishing you continued success with your blog.

farmnwife
farmnwife

You have some really good blogs. Please feel free to to link to your sites. That includes everyone.

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