Farm blog or bust
Yesterday began in the early morning hours before dawn’s breaking light.
That wouldn’t have been a problem except that the coffee pot chose to throw in the towel. Ever the optimist, I pulled out of the drive chanting “I think I can, I think I can!” And thanks to some very strong brew from the golden arches, I eventually made it to the 280 Plaza on High Street in Columbus.
A day devoted to blogging? Awesome. And I hope these friendly folks were inspired to start writing, too. Maybe I should have suggested they chant “I think I can, I think I can!”
Brenda Hastings and Lindsay Bowman joined me in answering “Why do you blog?”. Brenda writes an exceptional blog called The Dairy Mom. Check it out — and be sure to visit Hastings Dairy YouTube channel and tour the farm. Lindsey writes Jean’s Boots Are Made for Talking, a blog about family farm life and everything in between — from cleaning junk drawers to crossing state lines with a camera. Her photos are fabulous!
Mike Haley and I sat in on a panel discussion about blogger culture. He’s the author of Haley Farms blog and regularly posts at Just Farmers, but you’re most likely to find him chatting about farming, facts and feedstuffs as @farmerhaley on Twitter. And thanks to the wonders of video conferencing, we heard from his Just Farmers accomplices and fellow bloggers, Jeff Fowle and Ray Prock.
Jennifer Keller, director of marketing at the Ohio Pork Producers Council and author of Plowing Through Life, showed attendees how to get started. Jennifer writes about life on the family farm with her son, Little Farmer. And be sure to visit OhioPork.org.
Now at the start of this thing I mentioned I take my camera everywhere. I even warned folks I’d probably snap a few photos throughout the day.
I couldn’t have planned this one …
Meet Dan Toland, director of digital strategy at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He’s a wealth of knowledge about all things Internet, and moderated yesterday’s discussions with ease. I don’t know him well — in fact yesterday was my first encounter. I’d venture to say, though, that he has a great sense of humor. I’d also guess that his friendsl could have a lot of fun with this photo. Just sayin’.
Blue skies greeted us at the end of a long and fact-packed day. And no, the sky’s not falling and that building isn’t really leaning. I just needed a V8.
If you’re interested in blogging — improving yours or starting one in the first place — find a workshop near you. There’s nothing like soaking up tips and tricks from others!
Have a great weekend!