The Psychologist…

The psychologist in me is constantly striving to get to know you all, my blog readers.  I am naturally curious about you—the wonderful people who take time out of your busy lives each week to read my pontifications.  DSC03742

  • Some of you leave a comment or send me a personal note every once in a while so that I can have a glimpse into who you are.
  • Some of you are also bloggers so I can get to know you through your own posts.
  • Some of you are silent and leave me wondering…

This New Year’s I am thinking of all of you—thankful for your participation whether it is vocal or silent in nature.  I am reflecting on which of my posts were read and enjoyed the most–contrasting that with the posts that I had the most fun writing.  It is interesting how they line up…

The Top Most Read Feed Yard Foodie Posts in 2012

  1.  Hard Work, Trust and Faith:  My first syndicated writing on the BlogHer network, this post responded to the Pink Slime media craze and garnered close to 5000 reads…This lead the way to a year of more than 70,000 reads for Feed Yard Foodie.
  2. Wow That Cow:  My second syndicated writing on the BlogHer network and the most circulated post on Facebook for the year, this post explained all of the “non-beef” products that are made from cattle.
  3. How Do I Feel:  This post was my attempt to explain how I rationalize and accept the fact that I spend my life caring for animals that will be killed for food production.
  4. Why Is It Ethical To Eat Meat:  Written by my 12 year old daughter, this post gives a young person’s point of view relative to the ethics of raising animals for food consumption.
  5. It’s Not About the Trailer:  Communication and relationships build the base of a successful country.  In this post, I try to explain why it is so important that conversations about food occur between the farmers who grow food and all of the wonderful Americans that eat it.  I include my favorite quarter horse, Dandy, in the post which makes it a special one for me…anne and dandy

Interestingly enough, my own personal favorite post did not make the top five list.  It is the story of an idealistic young girl molding her dreams into a beautiful and practical life on the Nebraska prairie:

  • Perhaps it is my favorite because I find it fascinating how that little girl became the confident woman that I am today.
  • Perhaps it is my favorite because, below the layers of steel will, I am truly a dreamer.
  • Perhaps it is my favorite because the day spent with my daughter that sparked the post made memories that will warm my heart forever.
  • Perhaps it is my favorite because I am so very proud of what Matt and I have built on our farm over the last 16 years.

    Thank you for becoming a part of our lives in 2012...

    Thank you for becoming a part of our lives.

Is there a post that was your favorite in 2012?


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15 responses to “The Psychologist…

  1. Dan Christensen

    I don’t always read all your posts but enjoy the fact that you are telling the agriculture story. I have been in ag all my life and raised 5 children on a livestock farm. 3 of the 5 grandkids stayed over night with us last night. They live on an acreage too and Reagan the 9 year loves animals. She gave our new pet yorkie a bath last night. I have worked in the Animal Nutrition Division of Aurora Coop for 15 years. I work with a lot of feedlots and cow calf operations and most of my time is devoted to marketing wdg.

    • Hello Dan,

      Thanks for taking a minute to drop me a note. It sounds as though you have a beautiful family and are enjoying being a Grandpa. The relationship that my daughters have with their Grandpa is just wonderful—they bring a tremendous amount of joy to each other. What a special gift that you have to share!

      Thank you for reading and following over the year. I appreciate your time–If you work at the Aurora Coop then you must work with Dawn Caldwell? I am going to be serving on the Nebraska Beef Council with Dawn beginning in 2013. I am always looking for WDG so would be happy to visit with you about that sometime.

      All the best to you and your family,

  2. Sunnie

    Iam a stay at home mom, we just moved to the country last year, wanted a country life. On 6 acres, a horse, some llamas, dogs and turtles. Were going to get some rabbits for my youngest who is just getting enrolled in 4H! We just took in our three nephews and niece who were in a bad place, its a big happy house now! Full of love!

    • Hi Sunnie,

      It is great to hear from you! It sounds as though your house is both happy and full of life. The country is a great place to raise a family—that was something that pulled Matt and I back to Nebraska after college. It was a great decision and we have never looked back!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and follow. Enjoy your family and all of the critters that you have! I look forward to maybe hearing from you again.

      All the best,

  3. Hey Anne,
    I was happy to have found your blog in 2012… you know my hubby and I have a dream to have a ranch which includes cattle… so we always enjoy any post about cattle care, the tags, medicating, etc. They are all helpful for us to learn more so we can have better cattle care if we can get our dream. I really liked that when we asked about the tags you wrote a post about it, the information was so helpful 🙂 I also enjoy seeing the photos of NE where my mom’s side of the family is located. Always nice to see the seasons change there 🙂 As always we keep an eye out for you on RFD-TV. 😉 Happy New Year 🙂

    • It is great to have you following the blog! I promise to continue to share practical information relative to raising cattle as we delve into 2013. Hopefully, you will attain your dream in 2013 as well 🙂 I will keep the pictures coming too…

      All the best to both you and your husband. Keep asking questions!

  4. Kristi Albrecht

    I don’t always get them read,but I enjoy your dedication to agriculture and your family. Thanks for being an advocate for the things that really matter!

  5. How have I missed your blog? I’m an Animal Science major from Okla State, live in rural Nebraska and used to work for the local co-op in the feed department (Farmland Industries, Land O’Lakes). I’ve walked some pens, rread bunks, and have been outraged about the “pink slime debackle of 2012. I can’t wait to read all of your top posts as they sound right up my alley. Looking forward to reading more.

    • Great to hear from you and I am glad that you found the blog. Do you live near Cozad? It looks like you also love taking/printing pictures in addition to agriculture!

      I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for signing up to follow the blog.

      All the best,

      • No where near Cozad, I’m in between Omaha and Lincoln. I did spend sometime west of McCook this past weekend though. Starting to fall in love with Western Nebraska. I do dabble in photography, love the post production side.

      • Next time you head west, let me know and I’ll give you a tour of the feed yard!

        All the best,

      • You got it! I’d be in heaven if you had a quarter horse that just had my name on it as well. I may even ride a few pens.

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