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Ohio Farm Bureau Blogger Workshop

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.

Blogger workshop participants

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

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 …

Dan Toland, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

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’.

View from 280 High Street, Columbus Ohio

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!

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    Dan Toland June 23, 2012 (8:33 am)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the workshop yesterday! Your insight and examples were just what we were looking for to help more farmers get involved in blogging. And, yes, I am sure there will be more than a few folks who will stumble across your photo of me and find a more than opportune time to display it! I’ll just say that there’s always room to learn more in there! I hope you found your trip worthwhile, and formed a few new friendships, online and offline, along the way.

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      Farmgirl June 23, 2012 (10:06 am)

      It was an awesome experience! I appreciate the opportunity to share my story but most importantly, to learn from so many other wonderful people.

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      Wanda Campbell June 23, 2012 (9:51 pm)

      Jennifer ~It was great meeting you yesterday and I enjoyed reading your blog. I could say something about the photo of Dan, but seeing as how we work in the same office and that sometime in the near future I may need his help with all things SM, I’ll refrain…for now.

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    judi @ June 23, 2012 (9:18 am)

    That looks like heaven to me. You lucky bloggers.

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      Farmgirl June 23, 2012 (10:07 am)

      Thanks for stopping by, Judi! Just stopped over at your blog and can’t wait to read your posts. Lots of good stuff!

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    Brenda Hastings June 24, 2012 (9:15 pm)

    Jennifer – I was great meeting you at the workshop. I really like your style and how you share your message. Your warm personality comes through in your posts. Thank you!

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    Jennifer June 28, 2012 (12:42 pm)

    I just enjoyed the beef jerky that you brought to share and then I enjoyed your post. Thanks for all of your work to help tell the story!
    I also go with the “I think I can” a lot 🙂

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      Farmgirl June 28, 2012 (2:03 pm)

      Thanks, Jennifer! Keep plowing on … 🙂