Successful Blogging & Advocating is Similar to Success in Agriculture & Farming

Keys to success for blogs & farmsBlogging has become a favorite past-time of mine. And last week as I was asked how one goes about blogging. As I talked about it, I realized that there were a lot of similarities with farming. I can almost hear people screeching a needle across an old album – and no, it wouldn’t be in a good way like DJ Khaled would do a scratch. It would be a stop everything no matter what horrific sound it makes. So I’ll explain.

Thinking about what makes blogging and farming successful, I came up with a few things each that I think are pretty similar. The order of things may differ to some people, but my guess is a lot of people would agree with several of the components I put on here and I haven’t tried to prioritize cause that is far too hard! 

Keys for Success in Blogging/Advocacy

  • Medium – For me it’s WordPress & Posterous, others Blogger, Tumblr, etc combined with other tools
  • Good start – Ideas & content
  • Environment – friends & neighbors to support you,
  • Climate – Both mental & physical states that encourage writing & sharing
  • The right tools — laptop, camera, Twitter/Facebook/YouTube, etc
  • Network – audience, people to brainstorm with, other bloggers to link with, etc.
  • Sustainability – engagement with others through commenting, guest posting, visits in real life, breaks from blogging, ways to grow the blog, etc.
  • Source of inspiration – #blogchats on Sunday nights starting at 8 pm central and great friends & strangers who comment

Keys for Success in Farming/Agriculture

  • Medium – Land with fertile soils to plant the seed in
  • Good start – Viable seed for the desired crop(s) & pest control plans
  • Environment – Water and fertility to feed the plants components
  • Climate – Sunshine & the right temperatures
  • The right tools – hand tools, tractors, herbicides/cultivation, etc
  • Network – good retailers & suppliers, marketing outlet, extension, consultants, customers, etc.
  • Sustainability – marketing plans, conservation of resources, transition planning, etc.
  • Source of inspiration – generations of farmers before helping feed the 2 percent of Americans not in agriculture

Something that crosses over both things? Whether you are blogging, farming or a farmer blogger, you need to be willing to do the hard work across a few areas to find the right balance of several things to yield the results you want. Focusing only on your blog’s content or only on your farm’s soil will leave with missed potential in so many other areas. You really need to have a multi-prong approach in order to be successful.

What are some of the other keys that come to mind for you on this topic & do they fit both topics?

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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6 Responses to Successful Blogging & Advocating is Similar to Success in Agriculture & Farming

  1. Jenalee May 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    How about Labour as another component. Just the pure willingness to but your heart and soul into what you’re doing and taking the time to do a good job at everything?

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s a super cool idea!

    • JPlovesCOTTON May 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment! Sure is nice to meet another person with a passion for agriculture & you are spot on with labor! It is a personal commitment to do both!

  2. SlowMoneyFarm May 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Other similarities – dealing with storms, be it literal or critics. Sometimes the best thing is making a ditch, diverting too much and doing the best we can.

  3. Sarah June 6, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Love that DJ Khaled reference! 🙂 I think you are right- farming and advocating both take a lot of work and strategic thinking to be successful. Thanks for all the effort that you put into your blog, JP!

    -Sarah

    • JPlovesCOTTON June 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Thanks Sarah…. I sometimes wonder whether the rap / urban references fly under the radar and avoid being noticed but you & Al always seem to catch them! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  1. My #BlogChat and #AgChat Worlds Could be Colliding (and Yes, that Makes Me Happy!) « a colorful adventure - June 6, 2011

    […] For the last year or two, there have been two Twitter chats that I regularly participate in. The Sunday night #blogchat discussion about all things blog-related and Tuesday night #AgChat where farmers, ranchers and friends talk about producing food, feed & fiber. Tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 7) #AgChat will talk about #agblogs (a hashtag I proposed to the community a year ago). The similarities even resulted in a recent post on how successful blogging and farming are alike! […]

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