Time after time, I hear that we should take advantage of all that the new social media platforms have to offer. Ok, I jumped on the Facebook wagon some time ago and you can find us there at Heritage Farms Northwest or use the link to the side of this blog. However, as often as I hear about it, I have been avoiding Twitter. Why would I do such a thing? Well, everytime I have cautiously visited the site and looked at some other Twitter users Tweets, I get a bit confused by it all. It seems that everyone speaks in text code, slang, and shorthand and many tweets consist of not much more then odd urls and even odder links that I guess are things called “has tags”. (hash tags? I had to go look that one up today. but finally I am starting to get tweet speak a bit more) .
Yesterday Jim and I attended the Local Food Connection day down in Eugene, Oregon and I spent 90 minutes listening to 4 very different local food folks (2 farmers, a chef-restaurant owner, and a marketing guru for a grocery store) tell about how and why to use platforms such as Twitter…… Sigh……. There it was again. Twitter.
Now admittedly I am often out in the field with the animals and I think about how cool it would be to post a short blurb and a picture for the world. Just a glimps into our life on the farm. Evidently Twitter is the way to do those glimpses. Fine. I am sold, I’ll try Twitter. We just signed up on Twitter, our username is “redwattlepork” . Please join up to follow along, because I hope to tweet up a storm.
Now my next challange is a way to get those posts onto the web from the field. We do not have smart phones or data plans (yet, perhaps later this summer). But my Christmas present from Jim was an iPod Touch. Those have wi-fi if you have a hot spot to link from. I went out in the field and tracked how far my wireless signal would go from the modem. I could get all the way out to the end of “The Sow Aisle”, which is really cool because right now, that sow aisle is packed with new piglets; about 70 of them. FUN! So I can do tweets from the sow aisle and once Jim gets a booster antenea up on the rooftop I should be able to post from most anywhere on the farm.
See you soon!!