My Agriculture Communications class was privileged to have Judi Graff come and speak to our class. Some of you might know her as Farm-n-Wife. She has a very popular blog that helps teach people and farmers about how to blog. She came to our class to talk to us on how to improve our blog. Here are the top three things I learned from her.
Companies that blog have 55% more visitors.
This is a really good fact to know. This really got me to thinking about starting a blog for my family farm. We have a website but we are wanting more people to find out about us. When Farm-n-Wife said that having a blog increases visitors to your website it was for sure that I wanted to make a blog.
Have your website design simple.
With being involved with graphics I tend to be a little dramatic with my design. With my blog though I can’t be so dramatic so people can follow my stories. My pictures can be dramatic but not my blog so much.
Have a contact page.
You need to have page that people are able to contact me. If they have a question or a suggestion they can click on my contact me button and email me with whatever that have to say.
I hope these tips helped you like they helped me. Just those little improvements have brought more visitors to my blog. Go check her out at http://www.farmnwife.com.
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This week was spring break for Missouri State University. A 9-day break of doing whatever you wanted. Of course I went home like I do every weekend but this week has been different. My older sister came home for a couple of days. Of course I did what I always did of getting the calves up and washing them and babying them. One day when I came in from messing with the calves she had our old Nintendo 64 upstairs.
When my sister and I were younger we would spend hours in the basement playing Mario Brothers. We got really good at the first and second worlds that we felt like pros. We knew where are the little secrets and tricks were. Sometimes we would get lucky and have dad show us how it was really done. I remember one time he made it all the way to world 8 but he couldn’t make it past it. It was always the same routine every night. We would could outside and do our chores then we would come in and play Nintendo until it was time to go to bed.
It was that day that my sister and I sat down and played Mario Brothers that brought back all of these amazing childhood memories. I was 6 years old and had a bottle calf named Twinkles. She would get out in to the yard with me and follow me around everywhere. One day I was playing in a mud and Twinkles comes up behind me and pushes me in. She was always an ornery calf.
When dad would come home and say that he has to go fix a water gap meant that you get to go play in the creek for the day. While dad fixed the fence you got to play and explore the creek. I remember I was adventurous and pretend like the deep water had sharks in it and I had to jump over it to get to the other side. Or I would have to climb up a clay wall just to see what was at the top.
I could go on and on about all of my childhood memories but you would be reading a lot. Maybe I will come across something someday that will spark my memory of some more childhood memories. Please comment and tell me about some of the childhood memories that you have.
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, llamas, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.