It has been a long time since we have specifically written a blog post asking for feedback from those who read what is written here. So I'll start with the request.
If you have a specific idea you want me to pursue or topic you want me to cover - ask a question or make a suggestion! And we'll go from there.
Also, if there has been something specific you have enjoyed in this blog - it doesn't matter what it was or how you frame it - give us a quick response in comments if you are able to do so. Otherwise, other communication methods are fine! If there is something you would like to see more of... don't worry about 'less of' something - you can control that by encouraging more of what you like!
Why am I asking?
The selfish reason? Well, I may be a 'quiet person' but I do still need some interaction with others. The isolation that comes from trying to keep others safe and prevent our health care workers from being overwhelmed impacts us all in one way or another. And, yes, I appreciate periodic validation that what I am doing is worthwhile for someone other than myself.
But, as is usually the case, those reasons aren't enough for me to actually act on them.
The rest of the reason? We still have some difficult weeks and months ahead where we need to continue to do things differently than we wish - simply because we care for each other. I intend to continue to offer the gift of very regular blogs through the winter months. It is my offering to you because it is something I CAN do that just might make a small difference in the lives of some few other people (and maybe a cat or two... though they don't like it when you catch them reading).
I could use a little help with topics, questions to answer, and ideas. So, while I very rarely push for response from people when I ask for feedback - I'd really like some now to add fuel so I can keep this fire going.
Background to help you help me
A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to talk to one of Dr. Wen's classes at UNI. As a result of that conversation, they sent questions to me that I ended up answering in the form of blogs. Actually - it led to five of them - of which this is the first. I enjoyed that process very much and I think some of them liked the chance to ask directly and be answered!
I've also had people ask questions of the critters on the farm. Someone wanted to know what the roles of the Outdoor Farm Supervisors (cats) were and it led to this post (among others). And, the Inspector will still answer questions - as long as I skritch him. So, ask Inspector. Ask Soup. Ask Bree or Hobnob. Ask the hens! Ask Stu the rooster. Ask Crazy Maurice, the weeping willow (though he is a little sleepy now). You can even try to ask the turkeys.... but they won't answer for a while.
What's Been on the Blog Recently
I try to keep some variety on the blog because not everyone likes the same thing.. including me. And, frankly, some are harder to write than others. And, crazily enough, what is hard to write and what is easy actually changes from week to week. I guess I'm moody or something.
In the past two plus months (Oct - Dec) we have had the following distribution of content:
- Genuine Faux Farm related material - 20 posts
- More philosophically inclined - 13 posts
- Nature related - 11 posts
- Postal History Sunday - 9 posts
- Animals & Maurice - 9 posts
- A bit of humor - 7 posts
- "Revived" older posts from the blog - 6 posts
- Current event related - 5 posts
- GFF Stories - 4 posts
- Various entertainment (music, books, etc) - 4 posts
- Pesticide Action Network posts - 4 posts
- Local Food - 2 posts
- Veggie varieties or types - 2 posts
- Organic ag - 2 posts
- Weather - 1 post (can you believe that?!?)
So, Let's Hear You!
Ask a question of me. Ask a question of one of the denizens at the Genuine Faux Farm. Tell us what one of your favorite posts have been over the past year (or from whenever!) and if you'd like more of 'that.' If you like the Postal History Sunday series, ask a question about that. Want hints on growing a veggie? Curious about what Rob thinks about ag policies in the state or nation? Have questions about the number of fingers Rob has?