This is a blog post written by a friend of mine and a fellow Farm Bureau Women’s boot camp graduate who like me is also new to the farm. (well, after 16 year I guess I am not so new anymore) She has written a great blog taking the ideas that I had about moving beyond talking to the “choir” and engaging others on social media. These ideas apply whether you are talking about agriculture, medicine, or raising kids. Katie has put forth easy to read, simple instructions on how to move beyond engaging those in our own social media circles. If we want to become effective in educating others about our concerns, we have to step outside our comfort zones, and engage them about mutual topics of concern, build trust, and then we can share our point of view about what happens on our farms. If you think about it, the reason most people don’t hear us and our concerns about agriculture is they are to busy tweeting, facebooking, and blogging about their own concerns. Excellent post Katie, and glad you wrote the how to manual to follow-up my point on “Talking beyond the choir “.
Scroll to the bottom of an online article, blog post or video and you’ll often find a second article, not one written by the author, but a rolling commentary of complaints, comments and conversation between readers. The content is usually juicer than the story and the viewpoints and opinions are sure to raise your blood pressure a point or two.
About once a week, I wade into the comments section of an article. I try to pick an article I do not agree with or one that contains either misleading or all together incorrect information. I select a commenter that seems at least a bit rational and offer up a bit of counter evidence and advice. It’s an exercise in keeping your calm and offering fact-based, accurate information on farming practices and agriculture products.
As an agriculture advocate, I am constantly urged to interact with the consumers, tell my side…
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