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Good Readin'

Working together makes the farm blogosphere a powerful place to be.

I started this blog a couple years back and at the time, oddly enough, I wasn’t much of a blog reader. Really, I have no idea why I signed up to do it, other than Farm Progress was starting this new-fangled blogging thing and I’m always up for something new so, hey, why not?

As for why I was so out of the loop, somehow, between babies and toddlers and calves and manure, I’d sorta missed this whole blog revolution. Like, the fact that The Pioneer Woman has existed since 2006 and I only found out about her site in early 2010 is a little mindboggling to me. I feel so left out.

And so, about a year ago, I decided to start reading a few blogs. Revolutionary idea. But also inspiring. I started with The Pioneer Woman, on the recommendation of my fellow beef-loving friends, Jane Adolph and Penny Bliler. Ten pounds, 43 recipes and one new camera lens later, and I’m hooked. Then I ventured out into a few decorating blogs, because we just remodeled our house last year and HELP. I like The Nester, and Emily A. Clark, even though her style is a little too formal and southern for us. But she’s fun. And speaking of fun, so is Big Mama. I seem to have a southern thing going here.

I also like a good farm blog. I have this friend, Joe, from college, and I’d heard his wife, Emily, (not to be confused with Emily A. Clark) was keeping a blog called Confessions of a Farm Wife. It’s pretty great, really. Most of what she writes won’t come as a shock to farm readers, but that’s not really the point. She’s writing for a non-farm audience (amen and hallelujah) and she’s talking about what we do in a very genuine and disarming way. And she’s endlessly fun and cool. (Really, she has the cutest shoes. And the cutest little girls.) She’s also gotten a fair degree of attention as a BlogHer blogger, which is pretty great for the farm world, too.

I got to meet Emily in person earlier this winter, when we participated in a farmer image training session with about 15 other farmer bloggers. The great take-away from this whole thing was that we need to work together more, if we want to make the farmer’s story heard above all the anti-agriculture racket. So if someone like Emily – who is a self-professed non-farm-expert but is an honest and excellent writer regarding life on the farm – can be a conduit to bring in moms who are concerned about their food supply (which recent research has shown are pretty much the most powerful consumers alive) and either find answers for them or redirect them to someone who does know (like Doug Martin), that’s a pretty powerful thing.

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