I read a blog post this week that spoke to me so much that I am going to deviate from my Sustainable Spring series to tell you all about it. The author of the post is Aimee Whetstine who blogs at everyday epistle.
Aimee was one of my very first “virtual friends”. Although I have never met her in person, I value the relationship that we have built over the past year and a half. I faithfully read her words each week because she respectfully inspires me to think even when we look at issues from different perspectives.
You can read Aimee’s post at http://projectunderblog.com/debunking-8-rules-of-blogging/ or visit her at http://everydayepistle.com/.
This week, Aimee tackled the issue of “Why Blog”, and what rules a blogger should live by. It took me back to the weeks preceding my leap into social media in the spring of 2011, and also inspired me to rethink my current goals.
Aimee did this with two short pieces of excellent advice:
- Publish when you have something to say.
- Your blog is a reflection of what matters to you.
I began blogging because I had something to say. I wanted to open up my farm in an effort to have a respectful conversation about how I care for cattle and raise beef in a feed yard. I believe in transparency and I believe that every consumer has a right to know how their food is raised.
I continue to blog because I love to write. I am a naturally reserved person, but I have found that I love to share my life through pictures and the written word. From the challenges that I face — to the joys of raising my daughters in rural America, blogging is truly a personal journey that brings me joy.
Because I am not good at separating my life between raising cattle, parenting my girls, and sharing our story; my blog is a reflection of what matters to me. It is a voluntary “labor of love”, and one that I am very proud of. While it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the social media hype of blog statistics, I believe that blogging is truly about sharing, conversation, and personal growth.
There may be times in the future that I *temporarily* may not have anything to say (my favorite teenager would like to go on record here to say that she doubts it!); but I will always come back because Feed Yard Foodie is an extension of me—a creative and intellectual outlet for the Ivy League educated psychologist turned cattle caregiver.
Hat’s off to Aimee and the countless other people that inspire me daily to be the best that I can be. Thank you for respecting the individual that I am, and for choosing to join me in my adventures.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.