My real blog post was pushed to Sitting in the Pasture today so I could give my spill on here. So enjoy a little Texas Country in my Wednesday Video post.
Back when I first started blogging in 2009, all of my intentions were focused on sharing my summer in Wyoming with family and friends at home. And on the side maybe sharing a few thoughts about college life. Today I find myself far from “Sitting in the Pasture.” In fact, I’m not sure how to explain it just right.
I remember in December 2010 when I launched a boot giveaway and got my first 100 page views in a day. Then February came and I averaged 119 views per day. I was ecstatic, over joyed. As time moves on and the blog posts add up, I learn more every day about how I can use key words to attract search traffic and look for interesting blog topics. I’ve succeeded in writing a couple posts that continually draw traffic, and I truly get a kick when people search for terms like “prolapse,” “placenta.’ and even “calving” and my blog turns up on the search engines. I am still far from understanding the technical stuff of SEO (Search Engine Optimization); I’ll leave that to the true #agnerds. I’ve just wanted to stay myself through it all and write about what I enjoy doing most, about my passion.
Last week I shared my thoughts about the new McDonald’s Ad Campaign and California Activists blowing up cattle trucks. Just shared my thoughts and honest opinions. My readers shared the posts and I reached a record 1,676 views last Tuesday. I’m still picking my jaw off the floor from that one. Well, yesterday I made up my mind to finally respond to many of the myths about cattle production, something that is so close to my heart, my family’s heritage, and my passion. I shared my thoughts and apparently my readers appreciated my honesty. And in a big way with more than 2,400 views on that one post alone. And over 100 questions, comments, and compliments via email, messages, and Social Media mentions. Wow, is about all I can say.
I have A LOT of questions to respond to and have no excuse for lacking blog prompts. All this comes as I was telling a friend how much I wanted to become more focused and figure out what I can be better at. Let’s be honest, I saw someone else post this week that the reason we all blog is because we just want to be heard. I have always found it peculiar that people wanted to hear what this ole ranch kid had to say, even when it was 50 blog views a day. And even if it settles back to that because I step on too many toes, that’s ok. Because I have made such a network through comments and connections. I’m just glad that someone wants to hear about the things I’m passionate about, enough so that when I share my honest thoughts (and even vent a little) people ask questions (sometimes honestly inquisitive, sometimes challenging, either way I enjoy it).
So really all I have to say is thank you for allowing me to share my passion and in return your responses to my rants and ramblings.