For those that don’t know me, once the farm work is taken care of, and family needs are met (sometimes those can be quite significant at our house – they’ll grow up someday!), my passion is online agriculture advocacy. I love everything about rural America, the people, the way of life, the wide open spaces, the values. And to me, it’s under attack, for many ways and reasons.
The best way I know to deal with that is to encourage those who live the lifestyle I love every day to speak up, to share with a voting public far removed from modern agriculture that although the tools and sometimes the methods have changed, the core values of honesty, integrity, hardwork and taking care of one another through the good and bad times still remain.
So tonight, I was driving to an ag technology conference, had lots of time to think. I mentally planned a blog post I’ve been wanting to do for some time, on local food. It was crystal clear in my mind, ready to go.
Once I got settled into my hotel room, I fired up the computer. Alas, my blogging ideas got changed. The first culprit was Quora a very interesting new social media service I’ve spent too much time with lately, there were some followups there I needed to make. Then there were some Facebook things to check out. Emails to respond to. In short, I spent a fair amount of time “agvocating” this evening, but my original objective did not get completed.
I think there’s a bigger lesson here, there’s a wide, wide world of opportunity to share the ag story, whether your interest is shooting video for Youtube, conversations on Twitter or photos on Facebook. Whether you use a computer, your phone, or the hot new iPad, the choices are yours. The important part is you do something, do what you enjoy, it’s probably what your good at, and that’s what’s important.
You won’t understand every tool, you don’t even need to know every tool that exists. For being such a “techie” sometimes folks are surprised at how little I know about a particular tool or service. That’s by design, we can each handle only so much, I know what I want to focus on, because I think it’s where I can contribute the most. I know each person has their unique talents and abilities, I hope you focus there too