Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pointers for Blogging

My husband, Bill and I

In 2012, I felt the desire to get back to the basics of life and began blogging about life in general and that, of course, included life on the farm.   I’ve never been one to keep a diary or write down my thoughts but blogging just came naturally.  So what is a blog? A blog is often referred to as an online personal journal of someone’s interests.  For me, those interests include farming, cooking and other miscellaneous items that I can share with others.

If you think that you might want to start a blog, I would suggest first deciding what you might want to “blog” about it.  Ideas can include: hobbies that you enjoy, places that you’ve been, poems that you’ve written and more.  The possibilities are limitless.  The main thing to remember is that you’re blog will be posted online, meaning anyone can read it.

Blogging began in the late 1990’s and there are over 1.5 billion blogs on the Internet today.  You don't need special skills or an advanced degree in technology to blog...you just need to be passionate about what you’re blogging about.  If you know how to write and send an email on the computer, then you are good enough to write a blog.  Be sure to consider how much time you want to put into blogging and how often you want to “post” what you’ve blogged about. 

If you’re looking for something simple and free to get started blogging, try Google Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr.  They each have a help guide to get you set up, are free and user-friendly when it comes to creating templates and pages.  If you want something a little more hi-tech and upscale, consider purchasing a domain name. 

I enjoy blogging about my life on the farm.  My husband, Bill, and I operate a small grain farm outside of Mt. Summit appropriately named B&L Family Farms, LLC.  We grow corn and soybeans and raise chickens.  I subject those that help us on the farm to my cooking.  I try out new recipes on them to see if it’s a success or failure before I post the recipe on my blog.  Additionally, I enjoy canning and preserving the summer harvest from the garden.  These are my interests and I find blogging about them to be very rewarding, especially if I am able to help teach someone something new.  So what are you waiting for?  Go ahead and give it a try!

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