Dairy and running. That sums up the overview of my blog pretty well, wouldn’t you say?
So when a local newspaper wanted to talk to me about my social media involvement as a farmer and runner I could hardly say no.
They’re doing a series on farmers and how they tell their story of raising food and farming through online means (Facebook, twitter, blogging, etc.) They’d also heard I was part of this thing called Team Refuel with chocolate milk, and they wondered how that fit into the mix.
I always have “stage fright” about being featured for something like this, and I worry that perhaps my writing and opinions are lacking somehow.
But then I remember everyone starts somewhere. I may not be the best blogger or tweeter, but maybe I can still inspire someone out there to start out in the social media world.
I feel like it’s especially important for farmers because there are so few people directly involved in farming these days. Many people worry about where the foods in the supermarket are coming from and even how the cows are treated that produce the milk to make the cheese and yogurt they buy. I feel like people want and need to hear directly from farmers (instead of special interest groups with scare tactics).
If more farmer voices can be heard on the Internet I’m all for it.
So I did the interview, and I tried to share sound advice about how I got started and what I write about. Mostly I babbled on too long about my running and farming interests in general. I also pointed out the great online community I’ve found — the fact that I’ve actually become friends with people online mostly through our common interest in running and perhaps I’ve helped them learn something about dairy farming in the process.
Actually, doing this little interview made me reflect on how much I value you, my readers. I love this space, where I’m free to express my joys, challenges, and sorrows. I appreciate your feedback, and I enjoy following along with many of you on your blogs as well.
Thank you readers!
And courtesy of Star Publications, these nice photos…