Why would a farmer want to blog?

At last week’s AgChat Foundation Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference, each participant went through sessions about various social media. One of the topics was blogging and we are so proud to see that some of the participants have taken the step of started their own blogs for their farms to tell the individual story of their family farms.

To help others give a little thought to why a farmer or a farm spouse would start a blog, we asked two of the folks who got off to a running start why they decided to take the plunge.  Thanks to Twitter friends WagFarms of North Dakota and MNFarmMomma for sharing their stories with us at the AgChat Foundation and the public at large through their new blogs.

The Wag’n Tales writer and her inspiration

WagFarms writes via Wag’n Tales (an excerpt but you really should read the whole post):

Dear blogworld,

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to step into your world for just a minute…and in return, I’m asking you to step into mine. I want to explain to you why it is that I’m writing and why it is that you should care.

I could give you a thousand reasons why I shouldn’t be here. I have 4 boys for pete’s sake, that should be enough right there! I have a house to clean, laundry to do, rooms to straighten, errands to run, cows to check on, calf replacer to retrieve out of a washing machine, etc., etc. Yeah, I’m really that busy.

But I have four main reasons why I’m taking this time…the first was born in June, 2002, and the fourth was born in April, 2009……

I have a story to tell, and I don’t want it ending with me. I want my boys to have their own stories to tell. I want them to have the freedom and opportunities to pursue whatever careers their hearts decide on…and if the world is lucky enough, one of them may decide to be a farmer.

So, long story short, why am I here? Well, I’m hoping that if someone has a question as to why I do what I do…perhaps I’ll be lucky enough for them to actually ask me, instead of a reporter in New York. And if that luck holds out, perhaps my boys will too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Home Minnesota’s family in front of their IH tractor

 

MNFarmMomma writes on her Sweethomeminnesota Blog:

MOMMY-why do I have to get dressed, why do I have to pee in the potty, why can’t I go with dad in the shop filled with sharp tools, WHY WHY WHY…sound familiar to anyone! With a 3 year old and a 2 year old this is a question I have to answer everyday.  I always try not to give them the classic, “because I said so” line, but it’s just so darn easy!  SO-when I was asked why I blog I was able to muster up ideas right away!

1.   I have always enjoyed journalism, but never had the time to sit down and write in a book-typing is easier and faster!

2. I believe, like every mom does, that I have the 2 most beautiful little girls who drive me nuts, but make me laugh everyday!

3.  I have found a new understanding of the importance for me to advocate for my family and the life we have chosen.  FARMING!

4. It’s therapeutic in ways-I can write what I really think and feel and before I push the “publish” button I have the opportunity to sensor myself-can’t always do that in real life:-) I don’t always want to either!…..

Your Farm Story

If your farm and you haven’t found a venue for telling your story to the 98 percent of Americans who don’t live on a farm, maybe you will want to consider a blog. We will have tips on setting them up or improving them in the coming weeks.

For those of you with questions or tips (particularly those who were in Chicago), we’d appreciate your insight. You can email us at media@agchat.org and we’ll compile tips. Guest blog posts are always an option for this community site too!