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Saturday Featured Blog | Everday Ruralty

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Today I would like to welcome Patrice from Everday Ruralty! I had a chance to learn more about herblog and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m a city girl chef who married a farmer. We live on a working farm where we raise livestock and vegetables for a CSA and farmers’ market. We home school our four daughters. One daughter is looking at colleges, one is an incredible music girl, one is everything horses, and my baby is a happy young girl. We all work the farm, with the help of some employees. I am employed as a chef at a private home part time.

Please tell me about your blog.

My blog is my way of sharing my farm life with others. I’m still amazed that someone like me lives and works on a farm! You will find lots of pictures on my blog. I add recipes every now and then, but that is not my focus. It’s merely a part of my life here on the farm. I love to share stories and fancy myself a writer. Blogging has actually helped me keep the creative juices flowing for my writing.

How did you get started?

I got started blogging when my clever, oldest daughter started up a blog, Farmgirl Writes (www.farmgirlwrites.com). I watched her and saw what fun she was having. I yearned to have a blog, but I had to get past a few obstacles. The first was the fact that I knew little more about computers than how to push the “on” button. I didn’t even know how to get the pictures from my digital camera to the computer. I was a mess! Fortunately my daughter was very patient and gave me lots of help. I also learned to turn my laptop off. 🙂 lol

What was your favourite giveaway?

I do a feature on my blog called “Barn Chicks who Blog”. It’s a series of blog posts about women who live on farms and ranches. Many of the women, like me, were not raised in the country. One of the interviews I did was a popular blogger, Suzanne McMinn, of Chickens in the Road. I did a giveaway of a hand painted frame that had chickens all over it. I had sent a custom frame to Suzanne and then offered another. The response was good and I had fun seeing my hand work appreciated.

Who does your blog appeal to?

My blog appeals to family oriented folks. There is something in common for country people, but I notice readers who do not live in the country enjoy living vicariously. People who love horses visit often. I also have home school families who like seeing the way we live.

What direction do you see your blog going in the future?

I hope to add more short stories. I would also like to have more things that invite people to link up. I really enjoy seeing photos from others. I’d have a blast sharing crafts too.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?

I think keeping the content fresh can be a challenge, but it’s one I enjoy. I also want to remember that the reader is gracing me with their presence, so I don’t want to ever dump complaints or boring dribble on them. (Go ahead- Google “boring dribble”). I guess what I’m saying, I don’t want to elaborate on anything that would drive someone away. I can’t handle blogs with too many details about potty training or what happened when the dog ate something that didn’t agree with them. We all have those reality things, but if you wouldn’t discuss it at a business lunch, it might be wise to find something else to talk about.

What do you love about blogging?

I love the people. I have met so many great people since I started blogging. I actually think about them as I post something. I often wonder if this person, or that one will like something I publish.

Do you have a blogging pet peeve?

My blogging pet peeve is also my life pet peeve. I don’t like when people are unkind. My mom used to say, “If you ca’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” There are a zillion blogs to read. It’s easy to just move on to one that appeals to you, instead of trying to comment to one and try to change them.

Tell me some of your favourite blogs that you read.

I love reading farm blogs to acquire interviews for Barn Chicks who Blog. Farms and the farmers who run them are as different as seashells at the beach. There is a similarity, but differences can be so interesting. I love the blog Chickens in the Road (www.chickensintheroad.com). The author is a wonderful lady and her blog is always fun to read. I also enjoy the review blogs and the giveaway bloggers. I love reading Simply Stacie- I’m not saying that just because I’m here!

How can people find you?

I am Everyday Ruralty and can be found at www.everydayruralty.com. I read 100% of my comments. I can also be found on Facebook and Blog Frog.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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