Ag Blogging in Review

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for over a year now. It still seems like just yesterday I got a heads up from my friend Tricia Braid about an internship in the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. The goal was to feel out the blogging world for agricultural use. The idea? Have college students about blogging and Facebook, then share the results with the staffers and board members involved in ICMB.

I named the blog “Midwestern Gold.” It was meant to be about corn, and the industrial and cultural aspects that influenced corn. The first post went live on January 25, 2010. The first post was short, just an introduction.

Hi there!

Welcome to Midwestern Gold, a blog all about Illinois corn. This blog will use text, photos, video, and other mediums to share information and insight on current events in agriculture, especially related to corn (and Illinois).
My name is Kelly, and I’ll probably be the dominant poster on here, at least for the time being. Most of the original material seen on here will be the work of college students around Illinois. We’ll try our best to keep things interesting and engaging. If you guys, the readers, ever have any ideas or suggestions, please feel comfortable contacting us! Blogging is pointless without active readers, and us bloggers love to hear what you have to say.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you look forward to this blog’s development!

What happened was so much more than “just” an internship. I found a passion, a hobby. I found a fantastic outlet for creativity and a way to continually stay in touch with the agricultural world which I’d left behind when I shipped off to my ritzy suburban college. I’d caught a bug, so to say.

Midwestern Gold was not the first blog I’d ever contributed to; however, it was the first blog that I’d ever whole-heartedly built from the ground up by myself. It was the first blog I’d really developed an emotional attachment to. I’d been blogging for a while through work and school projects on blogs run by others, but this was my blog, and it was about a subject I truly, deeply cared about.

This is something I love to do. For that opportunity, I am thankful.


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