Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Goals from #ACFR13

Over this past weekend, I attended the AgChat Foundation Upper Midwest Regional Conference in Rochester, Minnesota.  This was a great opportunity to for me to focus on my personal agvocacy.  I attended breakout sessions that gave me new ideas for my blog, as well as how to utilize my facebook and twitter accounts better.  A highlight of the conference was getting to meet a few individuals who I had gotten to know through social media, but yet had never met in-person, such as Jenny Dewey, Katie Pinke and Emily Zweber.  I also got to connect with new people, which is probably one of my favorite past-times.

A fun side-note is that Franklin County, Iowa, where I am from, had a great representation in the crowd of 75 at the conference.  There were six of us, that as we all liked to say "live, work and play" in Franklin County.  From left to right is Larry Sailer (farmer and guest blogger who loves facebook), Deb Brown (communications guru who works for Franklin County's Chamber and Tourism), Shannon Latham, Laura Cunningham and Amy Hild (all who work for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Communications and Marketing department), and then me!

I came home from the conference with several ideas, especially for blog posts, but I thought it would be good to create three goals, as a result from attending the event.  I think all of these goals go well with the beginning of year goals I created in January.

  1. Start a Facebook page for my blog.  (I actually accomplished this yesterday during a disappointing over time of the ISU Cyclones basketball game.  Thanks to Sara Broers for her recommendations for starting this.)  So be sure to "Like" my Facebook page.
  2. Start a regular post segment about my pregnancy.  I realized at the conference that I am 26 weeks pregnant and really haven't talked about it except in my initial announcement post.  Well this is going to change.  I love being pregnant and am happy that I am, so why am I not sharing this with everyone?  So look for my first installment of Hump Day Bump Report on Wednesday.
  3. To actually read my camera manual, front to back, all the way through.  I love taking photos and actually carry my camera's manual in my camera bag but I only use it to look up what I have want to find information about.  So I have decided in order to understand and utilize my camera better I need to read my camera manual all the way through.
The AgChat Foundation's missing statement is: “Empowering farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms" and I think that is what this Upper Midwest Regional Conference was set-up to do.  This regional conference was the first in a series of regional conferences offered by the AgChat Foundation.  The Foundation decided to start hosting regional conferences so those who were unable to attend their national conference due to location or timing, had a chance to connect and learn about agriculture in social media. 

8 comments:

  1. Love this post, Val! I admire you for making a communications plan and putting it into action within 48 hours of getting home from#ACFR13 – plus baking cupcakes and hosting your son’s 2 yo birthday party. Like you, I have set a goal to read new camera manual. But first, I need to buy a new camera! Think I need to get in touch with Jenny for some camera recs.

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I personally love my Canon Rebel T3 and I know Jenny said that she used a Canon Rebel series camera for quite awhile.

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    2. Shannon- If you need any advice, let me know! :)

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  2. I'll be looking forward to the Hump Day Bump Reports!

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  3. Great post! Love your ideas and takeaways! Being a mom is a HUGE plus for reaching out to a larger audience! There are a TON of women out there blogging SOLELY about pregnancy! It was amazing to me! Glad I could inspire! I look forward to seeing you grow in your photography! And it is always wonderful to meet my social media friends IRL!

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  4. It was so great to meet you too Val!! I look forward to you bump reports. That will be a great way to reach beyond the choir.

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    1. Thanks Emily! Your comment reminded me that I hadn't linked my Bump Report from yesterday. It's linked now and be sure to check it out at: http://www.cornbeanspigskids.blogspot.com/2013/02/hump-day-bump-report.html.

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