Why why why

Why be a blogger?
That’s the first question I have to answer tomorrow. I’m participating in a blogging workshop at Ohio Farm Bureau in Columbus. They want to know why I do what I do … why I carry my camera around everywhere, why I spend hours each week putting thoughts into words that hopefully spark an interest in people I know and strangers I’ve never met.

What does it mean to be a blogger?
I’m to explain blogger culture. Is it a hobby … way of life … passion … fleeting whim? How does blogging fit into my world? Because it’s a sure bet my experience is different from every other speaker and blogger in attendance.

And finally … a breakout session for advanced bloggers — folks that have a blog and regularly update it but want to know more. What should I tell them?

Thoughts swirl around in my head. I’ve been stewing and brewing for days. That’s how these things happen for me. A great story, a fabulous article, a presentation — I have a process and it’s the same no matter the situation.

I know what I need to do but I don’t. It’s always in the back of my mind, though. In the 11th hour thoughts spew from my furiously tapping fingertips in a gush of feeling and emotion and storytelling. Sometimes it comes easily and sometimes I have to pull it forth like a heavy bucket of water from a deep, dark well. Either way, the words take shape and the message becomes clear. What looks like procrastination to most is really my brain working out the story, the important parts … the things I value most about the subject.

And there it is … the goal, the main point of my message tomorrow and the reason I am a blogger. It’s for the things I value most: God, family, home — wrapped in a colorful package in the middle of farm country in rural Ohio. I treasure this life. I want my readers to value it as well — to respect it and appreciate it and come to love it, too.

That is why.

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    Susan June 21, 2012 (12:24 pm)

    You’ll do a great job because of your passion, and your unique ability to marry your awesome writing and photography skills with your roots. Your blog readers do learn more about farming and food and family and rural life through you. Mission accomplished. Wish I could be there…

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    rebekah June 21, 2012 (12:29 pm)

    You are a great writer! I’m sure you will do a fabulous job!

    On a totally different note..those three chickadees up top sure have some attitude going on in that photo! :+)

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    Heidi Nelson June 21, 2012 (11:52 pm)

    I enjoy reading your blog because I too live on a farm, but in Oregon. To read the perspective of someone else who lives on a farm in another part of the country is something I couldn’t do without people like you who blog about it!
    You have a story to tell and an audience who wants to read about it.

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      Farmgirl June 22, 2012 (7:54 am)

      Thank you so much! Blogs make the world a friendlier, smaller, more intimate place. It’s nice to meet you!

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    Robyn June 22, 2012 (10:34 am)

    I think this post pretty much answered your own question! Great job.
    Love the photos; they are stunning.
    Good Luck with your presentation.

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    Nanny June 22, 2012 (7:57 pm)

    Well daughter of mine HOW DID IT GO? I did say a quick prayer as you requested this AM! I just wish my brain could put it all on paper / online like you can and do! Proud Mama has spoken!