Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wrapping Up ACOM5308

Enjoyment is a word that I would use to describe my entire college career. This does include the worst biology instructor and failing a class and countless breakdowns. I will never say I am brilliant, but I have a work ethic that as taught me to have fun with what I am doing, because it’s all a learning process. My second summer session class, Utilizing Emerging Media, has made me think and work, all while gaining so much from this four-week course. Below are my three most important concepts, ideas or principles that I have taken from this course.

Should you or your business have a social media presence? Next question, are you ready to maintain this added responsibility? 

Social media is something that needs constant attention to reap the benefits of these tools. There are 300,000 accounts added Twitter each day, while a percentage of those users never tweet. Businesses and other entities use these social media tools often, some with little regard to the time and attention that online accounts need. The harm that could be done to any operations or businesses reputation by not responding to comments, questions or other postings could potentially be detrimental. People are using social media and the internet to shop, research, voice their concerns and ask questions all the time. The general public loves feedback and having a personal connection with an online entity. If these types of relationships are built through social media and little is done to maintain them it could potentially lead to the loss customers and some online rankings. These tools may not be right for every business, if an operation manager or owner has the desire or sees the need for online presence, there must be an understanding. An understanding of, that if you or your business cannot be dedicated to the time that is needed to be active online, don’t become a static profile.

Which is better personal or professional or both?

Southwest Airlines and a few other companies are integrating their personal and professional profiles throughout social media sites. The staff members in charge of maintaining social media for various companies want to insist that a personal touch is very important to their companies. What is to far or to much? Should the company logo be used at all times in social media or should a picture of a real person represent the company?  Is using “I” in tweets or status verse saying “us, we or company name”? My opinion, determine what the role of the social media channel is to be. My personal Facebook and blog are personal while still have a professional tone. My Twitter is aimed at being a tool to interact with other professionals and tweet information that I see as valid for the industries that I am interested in.

The tools are endless, so experiment!

For the last month we have discussed, explored and designed within various social media tools. Some of these tools are the most highly used, newly developed and just interesting, but we did not even touch the tip of this huge social iceberg. If you are interested in social media, explore to see which of the hundreds of sites fits your taste, interests and where your friends may be. From photography, gaming, general social sites to a blog on everything, your choices are endless. The new options in social media are easy to find, resources on current technology and websites are as vast as the options themselves. Always remember if you are not going to maintain your social media presence close your account.

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My Who’s Who of Agriculture Social Media

Welcome to the technology age, when talking about typewriters the other day with my boss he said “I really feel old now” I responded with “don’t worry technology is changing so fast I feel old too!” I don’t think that helped his case any, but its true. If you are not on and or involved social media, plan on getting left behind. Agriculture is not slacking in this department; check out my top 10 social media embracing organizations or websites!

I love Farmers

Really, who doesn’t a love farmer! The Cal-Poly students are active in social media on a variety of fronts spreading the message of American agriculture to the next generation. I Love Farmers are active on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. They have a roll of videos that are hosted off of their own site.

Animal Agriculture Alliance

Want to know something about animal agriculture? Want to become a member and support the cause of animal agriculture education? Great, this is just the organization for you! They are active on a variety of fronts with a variety of industries in mind. Animal Ag Alliance easily navigates anyone to the social media tools that the organization utilizes under the “multimedia tab”.

American Royal

I love a good livestock show, the American Royal from what I can tell ranks in the top of the major livestock shows in the country that are embracing social media. Follow them on Twitter and be sure to Like the American Royal page on Facebook.

The Hand that Feeds U.S.

The Hand that Feeds U.S. a project of Farm Policy Fact, which is a coalition created to educate Congress and Americans about agriculture’s contribution America. This project website is said to be an educational resource for urban media from the coalition. I enjoy the website and all of the action that surround this organization.

Beef Board

The National Beef Board internet home is located at this website. The beef checkoff dollars fund this site and the social media activities that the board participates in. There is no reason not to know a little about the checkoff program and a variety of fun beef facts!

American Quarter Horse Association

Holy Quarter Horse, if you are not a fan of the AQHA you are missing out. This organization is busy with give-a-ways and other contests through their social media outlets. Also, they are constantly sending out information and other member benefits through these social media outlets.

American Angus Association

I am die-hard Hereford girl, but the Hereford association cant even compare to the work that the American Angus Association is doing with social media. They are active on so many fronts and leading the beef industry in my opinion in the use and production of videos on YouTube.

Aggies Online

Aggies Online is a very unique website that is partnered with Animal Agriculture Alliance to allow college students to network and blog about ideas, issues and events related to animal agriculture. Aggies Online uses various fronts of social media, but also encourages the members of the website to utilize every avenue possible to spread the message.

Real Ranchers

I was just introduced to this website by a good family friend who is very involved in Wyoming agriculture. The true tales of long nights, cold days, heart break, the love of newborn calves and the first days in the tractor are the stories of this blog. They are also using Facebook to share the stories of the many contributors. Honestly, one of my favorite “agvocate” type websites. The website is nothing fancy, just honest.

Meat MythCrushers

A little modern agriculture with a large dose of science makes eating meat just that much more enjoyable! This website hosts its own videos related to meat science. The goal is to set the record straight about meat production.

Travel Size It!

If you are like me and roommate from PRIDE, keep in mind we where seniors in high school when this all started.  We realized then that we like to over pack! Our K-State dorm room was filled, we still laughing about our inability to pack concisely.

It is not like we try to over pack, we have just made very good habits of it. This trip to Kansas City for the Junior National Hereford Expo is nothing new for me, except I am not running for board or queening, so why in the world do I pack so much? I have no answer for this, but I have been searching for a way to cut back on some of those products that take up a lot of space, such as hair and skin products.

Hannah’s excuse this trip was she was going to be in KC for two weeks for two different Junior Nationals, I think I accept that excuse.

First off, I am Mary Kay girl; the company does not make travel size products. This is highly irritating, but I am happy to say I have finally found containers that I think will work well for all my products. It is a TSA certified bag that is jam packed with a variety of sizes of containers! Finally, I might be able to take my bag for a quick trip without checking it!

Just might be the perfect travel containers!

Secondly, sometimes there are hard to find beauty products that local department store does not carry. For that reason, I hope you go through the listing of great products on the Sephora website. I am not sure what they offer in-store, but this is a great way to maybe even try something new!

I am now going to pass the blame of such a bulky bag on to my boots, because a girl has to have options right?

Healthy Cookies, Maybe!

If I can find away to cut fat or calories from a food item you bet I will! My first college roommate is a dietitian and loves to experiment with food. I will admit I am not as adventurous as she is, but this recipe I think will take me up a level or two in her book. She first turned me on to using apple sauce for an oil subistute, which I have embraced as well with this recipe and its soooo good!

I was reading a news blip on MSN that said that you can substitute avocados in cookies and cut the butter in half, I was intrigued Avocado and Chocolate Pudding Cookiesby this. I vividly remember working a up sets of reasons in junior college staring at a case that the biology department had put together of the fat in foods. They had so nicely portrayed the amount of fat in avocados to that of a Burger King Whopper. I was disgusted by that, but knew that avocados were full of “good fat” or mono and polyunsaturated fat.

Well I think they are healthy, they really might not be at all, but they are sure good and I feel good about eating them! This recipe was given to me from my one of my many second Mothers, she still makes them way better than I do!

1 C. Butter or Margarine, softened or 1/2 C. butter
1 Avocado, softened (I would let it set out on the counter for a day or so before using)
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 Sugar (I use Splenda)
1 Package (3.4 ounces) Instant Pudding (Chocolate or Vanilla), I also used the sugar free pudding
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2-1/4 C Flour (I used half white flour and half whole-wheat flour)
2 C (12 Ounces) Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 C Walnuts, finely chopped (Only if you want too!)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, avocado, sugars and pudding mix. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (dough will be stiff). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yields: 4 dozen delicious cookies.

Side note, the avocado will make the batter really green, so I opted use chocolate pudding to cover that up.

Top 10 Blogs

I am taking an Emerging Media class this summer. I am very excited to learn a few skills in this ever-changing world of technology, below is my first blog assignment. The assignment was to list and link our top 10 favorite blogs.

Ag Wired

By far and away my favorite blog related to everything agriculture. The topics are current and updated daily by a variety of writers. I really enjoy the topics and the wide array of the discussions and the types of media used to describe events.

Beef Daily

This is the first blog I started reading when Amanda first started writing. I of course fell in love with her stories and blog discussions, as she is a young-cattle enthusiast as well. Watching her blog grow and change has been fun for me, I don’t know, but yet I do, as we seem to see eye to on lots of issues in the cattle industry and life.

Cattle Management

This blog is a little more unique in the blogs that I follow, its sponsored by Cattlesoft, which is a cattle management software company. They discuss cattle related management topics and industry issues. This blog is a fun read for me, as it’s a reminder of practices and constant information that I need to stay current in the business.

Crystal Cattle

I have always enjoyed talking with Crystal at various cattle shows and events, so her blog is just an outreach of those conversations. She discusses life, cattle, and fun fashion bites.

The Pioneer Women

I don’t follow Ree as close as I used to. I fell in love with reading her story of Marlboro man a few summers ago. Her cookbook was a gift to me last Christmas, since then I have fallen in love with her recipes. I really wish she had her own app!

The Inspired Room

I am cheap, real cheap, I wish I had a shop of some kind to create all of the home decor pieces I dream of. This blog is very inspiring for those creative ideas!

On the Rodeo Road

It’s no secret I love the cattle industry and I have no real connection the world of rodeo. I have always enjoyed the tales and adventures of my friends who do rodeo. This blog is one more of those adventurous outlets into that world.

Scott Kelby Photography

Photography is something I wish that I could be instantly great at. I am not, but I do love trying to improve my skill. This blog is inspiring and a great way to learn a little bit more!

Wyman Meinzer Photography

Oh Wyman, thank you for all your stories and all the lessons in photography. I love his blog to continue following all Wyman’s great adventures!

Rawhide and Velvet

Call a spade a spade, which would be RB. She is in the know on the Red Dirt music scene. I love big hair, so does RB; the sightings of awful bump-its rock!