Never Stop Sharing…

When I first started blogging, I felt like no one was listening. It was like I was up on stage and all I could hear was crickets. Not even my mom was reading my blog because well, she wasn’t even online then. But I didn’t give up. I kept writing, I kept sharing, I kept being honest, I kept being myself. My one year blogging anniversary passed and I couldn’t believe how far I’d come in that amount of time. But now as my two year blogging anniversary comes up, I am blown away each and every day over the outpouring of love, kindness, support, and readership from each and every one of you. My words are resonating and reaching people I would have NEVER imagined they would. And it took one post with a simple concept to essentially go viral for me.

I had this idea for several months, all the way back in April or even before that I dreamt up this grand idea. A blog post about farmer choice. Do farmers have choices? I wanted the farmers to speak for themselves. So I sent out a small survey to some people I follow and interact with on my social media stream. They responded quickly, I printed their responses out, and highlighted them up.. And there they sat on my desk. They got shuffled around and Farmer Choice blog sat on my To-Blog List, not crossed off. I put it off because I wasn’t quite sure how to address it, not quite sure what to say, not quite sure that I was the one who should be speaking up for GMO and biotech crops let alone farmers having choices.

But then one day I stumbled across the papers again. I sat down and finally found my voice. I wrote. I wrote honestly, I wrote from the heart… I broke it all down as simple as I could, I tried not to get too technical. And Do Farmers Have Choices? was born. And then it got shared, and shared some more. And then it ended up on WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed. And I tried not to literally freak out as my phone buzzed constantly with likes, comments, and follows.

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Pretty soon the excitement died down and although the post wasn’t going viral anymore, it was still being found. It was still being shared. And out of nowhere it was seeming to pop up again and again. Then one day, I realized that Monsanto shared my post. YES, MONSANTO COMPANY shared it! Granted it was my re-blogged post on someone else’s page but it was still MY words! Oh, and by the way, I am still waiting for my check in the mail! 😉

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Several weeks later I woke up to an email from a social media friend of mine. She subscribes to a newsletter from Council for Biotechnology Information. And in this particular newsletter, front and center, I read my name… And then my post. They EVEN noted I was a North Dakota blogger… And my mind was blown. I was blown away. My humble little post about farmer choices made it onto a newsletter for a council made up of agribusiness professionals, scientists, people way out of my league. And here are my words, QUOTED in their newsletter.

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You never know who is watching, who is reading, and who you may be connecting with when you write.  So even when you are feeling like nobody is listening, never stop sharing. Never stop believing in the power of your own words. Because one day, your post may be my Do Farmer’s Have Choices post… And you will find a whole new world of blogging, sharing your voice, and reaching people you’d never thought possible knocking at your door.

Keep being real, keep being honest, and keep sharing your story, your voice, your words my friends. There are great things coming for each and every one of us. It just takes believing in yourself and defining who you are, not who you aren’t. And sometimes forcing yourself to write posts you aren’t sure about and hitting that publish button!

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10 responses to “Never Stop Sharing…

  1. Boy can I relate to this post. I started out feeling the same way about blogging. I still feel like I’m speaking to myself most days because I rarely get comments on the blog but on the days you do know someone was “listening” it feels amazing. While I’ve never had a post go viral, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a guest author for a well respected site in the horse community and it made my day. Congrats on your post going viral! That is so awesome and just so you know, I’m a religious reader of your blog and remember those early posts about the Sunflower Farmer. It’s great to see how far your relationship has come and what how your new – I guess not so new now- life in ND is. Keep up the awesome work! 🙂

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  4. I feel that way at the moment and I was going to give up today and delete my account but I read this and now I am going to keep going so thank you!

    • I am so so so glad that you came across this today! I always say that things happen for a reason and the good man upstairs brings things into our lives right when we need them… Enter this post. Don’t give up! Just keep writing, keep sharing, and eventually the creativity and vision will come back to you again 🙂

  5. This is such an interesting quandary I’ve found about blogging, for me it’s not so much that it’s read; sometimes it’s easier for me to imagine i’m writing and no one is listening, then the fact that i don’t get to choose WHO reads what i write. And then, the matter of over-sharing! Blogging is such strange mix of personal and professional for me.. All to say your post is very encouraging. JUST WRITE. That is all, because I can’t rest when I don’t. So glad to have found you today!

    • HA! Yes, I tend to overshare! But that is what makes us unique! When my post about being married to a farmer literally went viral and there were hundreds of thousands of people reading about my MARRIAGE and my PERSONAL life, it was quite terrifying. But, it’s who I am and what makes up me! So I will continue to write like I do and who knows who is out there reading it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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