This semester in PR in Agriculture, we have had to blog every week about various topics. I never knew what kinds of opportunities it would bring or how much it has helped me tell my story. Before this class, there was no way that I would be able to do my job effectively and efficiently as I do now. One of the main tasks that I have been assigned at one of my jobs is to create a social media marketing plan that will be implemented next fall. With projects such as the social media campaign that is currently in progress, I have gained skills that I can use to make my place of employment successful. I now have a LinkedIn profile, which I learned about in this class, that has connected me to people where I would like to go to graduate school, as well as employers that I have to use as an arsenal of references in the future. With the speakers we have had such as Judy Graf (FarmNWife), I have learned how to blog effectively and efficiently to where I can perform my job with the school of agriculture and write blog posts for them. The coursework I have done in this class has given me experience that I can put on a resume and be more marketable for future employers in positions in my field. Not many people think about the positive impact that social media and blogging can have within agriculture. This allows us to tell our story and get a positive message across for our industry.
This week in my public relations class we had a guest speaker by the name of Judy Graf. She has built her blogging “business” from the ground up and is now one of the top agricultural blogs that are followed on WordPress. During her talk last Wednesday, she gave a lot of useful tips that we can use as beginning bloggers. One of those were the top five items that a blog should have: tag line, about areas, contact page, call to action and fast load time. These tips can go a long way in not only the initial design stages of a blog, but maintenance over time as well. The item that I did not think about when I was designing my blog was the call to action. Now that Judy has informed me of the importance of this, follow my blog! In addition, Judy gave unarguable statistics pertaining to businesses that blog. This especially is pertinent to me because I am in the process of revamping my employers’ marketing situation. I think a blog would be a good addition to the bowling alley that I work at, with tips on bowling, billiards and special events. The last item that really hit home for me during Judy’s talk was that she didn’t come from a “blogging” background. She decided to tell her family’s story simply for nostalgia purposes and created a web page that novices like myself look to for guidance. In addition, Judy blogs for her family’s farm, telling what goes on around the farm and what kind of production they do. Judy Graf has become an inspiration to anyone who thinks they can’t learn to blog.
Check out her page at: http://www.farmnwife.com
I moved to Missouri with my parents and twin brother when I was twelve from Sacramento, California. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life when I moved here, nor did I have any friends. My first friend I made was a girl from Seymour, Missouri who grew up on a dairy farm. I followed in her path when she joined FFA, and that is where that first spark of my love of agriculture came from. Through FFA I came to appreciate the agriculturalists who came before me and the ones I was growing up with in the present. I competed on several career development events as well as served in multiple leadership positions.I also learned throughout my high school years the importance of balancing work, family, and friends. I am a very busy person with practically no free time, so it is always a challenge to perfectly balance the three. One of the most important lessons my mom taught me was that God comes first, people come second, everything else third.
I have declared my major at Missouri State University as agricultural communications because I want to spread the word and let everyone know the good news of agriculture as well as learn how to perfect my strategy in this crazy balancing act I call my life.
Follow The Thaasophobic Compadre to watch me balance the things that are important to me: God, family and friends, work, and agriculture.