Social Media and Me: The Cowdog Blog After School Special
April 24, 2012 § 16 Comments
My deal is to be a contributing member to a decent sized cow/calf ranch in Eastern Montana. I’d have to find the time to “social mediaize” our story to the general public on my “own” time. Which–there is very little of.
I gave it a month.
I told myself I would try for a month of writing, tweeting, promoting, and shamelessly “branding” Scout as the harbinger of the apocalypse. (The last part isn’t hard).
In that month I have met some fantastic people. People who write amazing stuff on their blogs. People who’s twitter posts make me laugh, and messages and comments that keep me going.
It’s been pretty eye-opening. I figured I was in a pretty small population. I had to be one of the only younger ranchers that actually interacted with other people via this vast Al Gore invented medium known as the Interwebz.
Holy smokes was I wrong.
I have to mention that @LaurenMSea, or Lauren Chase of the Montana Stockgrowers Association was who got me going. I’ve always been a bit computer savvy–but mostly so I could play video games, and screw off. Never did I think I could open up an entire new support system.
People who deal with what I do. People who understand the emotion of losing a calf. Folks who share in my sense of humor, and how you have to have one to even attempt to be a reasonably sane person working full-(over)time in agriculture.
In just over a month, after a few well-placed RTs (HA! I know internet..uh…words: Retweet)! from folks whom have waaay more followers than I have–catapulted the CDB (that’s me being cool, CDB: Cowdog Blog, yo)! to more hits than I had for the previous 6 months.
This officially lets my Mom off the hook from her daily routine of logging in at least 50 times so I don’t feel like as big a loser. Thanks Mom!
One thing I’ve appreciated a lot is that it has jump-started my desire to write again. As writers the world-round know: You have to practice to get good. Sure, there is a lot of crap you will write in between, but sometimes you’ll find a gem that resonates with people–and that’s a cool feeling.
So, for my vast stable of tens of followers, and ever growing, and tolerant readers of the blog: Thanks a lot.
It’s refreshing, relaxing, and fun to know I’m writing things that make people think, laugh, or appreciate that they don’t live with Scout.
(Oh, and Mom–you can get rid of all your fake accounts now).