Looking in the Rearview Mirror of My Blogging.

I started blogging for my Public Relations and Marketing in Agriculture class this year and it has been an experience for me. I’ve always had trouble expressing myself through words on paper or in this case on the internet. I’ve always had that fear of others not liking what I say or a fear of sounding like an idiot. I’ve conquered my fear and just done it, yes mainly because I’ve had to, but also because I know I needed to expand my knowledge of marketing on the internet. It’s definitely been an adventure to say the least. I’ve learned I really need to do my research on topics that I thought I knew about, when there was really much more to be known. Sharing my story really doesn’t have to be as hard as I made it out to be. I just do as stated, share my story. What’s important to me, is what I need to share with others. Maybe even things that I’ve learned more about recently or just heard about, share with others, because they may not know about it either. This class has also taught me how to successfully market a company with the new age of technology. The old rules of marketing aren’t totally obsolete but there are many new rules that can really launch a business.

I just did my marketing plan over a small fencing company that I work for, I’ve had to take the new rules that I’ve learned and also incorporate the old rules. This was one of the coolest projects that I’ve done in quite some time. I normally am not a fan of writing papers, but this paper has been fun. I love marketing and working for small mom and pop businesses, and the knowledge I’ve gained from this class and what I’ll gain from the rest of the time I’m in school, I can’t wait to share with others. Granted I know I’m not the greatest blogger in the world, but it definitely is something that I think everyone should try at least try a time or two.

I doubt this will be the last post I blog, but it may be for awhile, and if so, Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!

Memories Made With My Dad!

 

My dad and I are very close and are like two peas in a pod. As long as I can remember I’ve been tagging along doing something or another with dad, whether its fishing, riding horses, or just working on the truck or tractor, I’ve been by his side. This year I decided I wanted to go hunting, I hadn’t been in ages and figured I’d love some deer meat and knowing dad it’s gonna be an experience.

It was probably opening morning, as I was sitting on my rock, yes a rock I don’t have a fancy deer stand and really don’t want one, I was thinking about how lucky I was to be able to just have the time to spend with my dad. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to be able to spend time with my dad and make those memories. The Trace Adkins song Just Fishin came to mind.

I’m lost with her there holding that pink rod and reel.
She’s doing almost everything but sitting still.
Talkin’ ’bout her ballet shoes and training wheels..and her kittens.

And she thinks we’re just fishin’.

I say “Daddy loves you, baby” one more time.
She says, “I know, I think I’ve got a bite.”
And all this laughing, crying, smiling, dying here inside is what I call living.

And she thinks we’re just fishin’ by the riverside, throwing back what we could fry, drowning worms and killing time. 
Nothing too ambitious. 
She ain’t even thinkin’ ’bout what’s really going on right now but I guarantee this memory’s a big’un.
And she thinks were just fishin’

She’s already pretty like her mama is.
Gonna drive the boys all crazy, give her daddy fits.
And I better do this every chance I get cause time is tickin’ (yeah it is)

And she thinks we’re just fishin’ by the riverside, throwing back what we could fry, drowning worms and killing time.
Nothing too ambitious.
She ain’t even thinkin’ ’bout what’s really going on right now but I guarantee this memory’s a big’un.
And she thinks we’re just fishin’.

She ain’t even thinking bout what’s really going on right now but I guarantee this memory’s a big’un.
And she thinks we’re just fishin’.

Yeah
Ohh she thinks we’re just fishin’. 
We ain’t just fishin’.
This ain’t about fishin’.

Before the hunting excursion of ours had started, I just thought hey this is just gonna be hunting with dad, hope I get a big ‘un, but by the end, I realized these are the moments that most people pass by and don’t realize that they mean something to someone else. These moments with my dad are priceless and something I can never go back and do, I have to make these memories now and live in the moment.

Sadly I didn’t get a big buck or even a deer for that matter, but I did see 10 of the buggers. The memories made during our hunting trips are worth way more than any prized deer could ever mean.

Dairy Carrie

Last week while in class Dairy Carrie Skyped in to our class and talked with us about how she got into dairy farming and blogging. It was really interesting to hear her story of how she really got started. She grew up in Madison, WI, with no agricultural experience. She married into a dairy family and has been doing it ever since. They live on a typical dairy farm in Wisconsin, around 300 acres and 100 head of cows. Carrie actually got the social media while promoting a lingerie line she had online. When she sold her online store, she started, DairyCarrie.com, blogging about the agriculture life and dairy farming. She wanted to make sure that people were informed with the right information

It was so interesting to hear her tell us what we’ve had drilled into our heads since the beginning of this PR and Marketing class, just be real and tell your story. The more genuine you are, the more likely people will be to read what you have to say. Looking at Carries blog, you can definitely tell what she is passionate about and that she really just wants to inform others on different agricultural topics.

Hopefully as I get better at this blogging thing, I’ll get the hang of it and be able to better express myself through words and blogging.

 

http://dairycarrie.com/welcome/

 

Fall In the Ozarks

DSCF1094  Everybody probably says that fall in their neck of the woods is by far the prettiest fall there is, the trees are just the most wonderful colors. Well let me tell you, Fall in the Ozarks is by far the most spectacular. The variation of the colors and the rolling hills make it just breath taking. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the very many pictures God’s purest beauty, but the ones I did capture are amazing.

Nature photography has always been a passion of mine. This past weekend I decided if I’m going to get any good pictures of the fall foliage, I better do it now. Hopefully you enjoy these pictures as much as I do. They may not be much but I’m proud of them.

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Love, love, love this picture! I haven’t figured out yet what it is about this picture ,but I love it!

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I found this cute little bench while driving through Glade Top Trail. I love just driving through the national forest at all times of the year, but fall is by far the prettiest.

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Found this little gem walking through the woods the other evening. Their color was so vibrant up against the brown of the dead leaves and rocks.

A Little About Me

Me I was pretty blessed growing up always on a farm or always having some sort of livestock. I’ve always had a love for agriculture, and knew that when I went to college that I would want to major in something agriculture related. Now that I’m finally getting my Bachelor’s degree, I finally settled on a major, agribusiness. I can’t wait to see where the good Lord will lead me with this new chapter in my life.

My faith and family are very important in my life. I’m the proud aunt of two awesome rowdy little boys and one beautiful little girl with another on the way! I can’t begin to describe the awesomeness that goes along with being an aunt. I have one of the greatest families that a person could ever begin to imagine. Theres nothing like family get togethers on the farm, especially in the summer when home made ice cream is being made.