Judy Graf or “FarmNWife” at home with her John Deere Tractor
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
This week in class we were posed with the challenge of creating a video about the importance of farmers and what kind of impact they had on our lives. Each day, billions of people around the world eat and use products that were made from agriculture. Food, fiber, and other products are the main basis of how we survive as a human race. Farmers comprise of less than two percent of the U.S. population and that number is not on an uphill slope. We as agriculturalists have a responsibility to the people of the world and the country we live in to share and to educate people about our lifestyles and how that makes an impact on them. This video shows a story about a stereotypical “city kid” that meets a farmer working in the fields on his tractor and is doing what farmers do. It would be a stretch to say that most people know about the importance and the necessity of what the farmer does with his machinery. The super bowl commercial “So God Made a Farmer” was the inspiration of this project, with it’s words of wisdom from Paul Harvey, an agriculturalist who addressed the National FFA Convention back in 1978. He spoke of what God had planned for his new creation and that the farmer was to be a caretaker for that. How dedicated farmers are, and how innovative they are. This super bowl commercial made the country go silent for just a minute or so and made the world listen. Recently I was visiting my twin brother at the University of Missouri- Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, and was visiting with his friends when I saw an opportunity to share the commercial. The entire room, not one of them agriculture majors, went silent and watched in amazement as Mr. Harvey spoke so eloquently. They saw the importance of agriculture in that moment, and I hope that the video that we made does the same for at least one person out there; makes them stop and appreciate agriculture for the wonder it is.
Here is the video: