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Thursday, January 25, 2018

This Is Us: Farm Version

One of my favorite television shows is "This Is Us," a drama in its second year on NBC. For the uninitiated, it follows the life of three siblings - Kate, Kevin and Randall - through a series of flashbacks and present day life.

On last week's episode, the siblings and their mother come together in a counselor's office. While they all lived in the same house, they have very different perceptions about their shared experiences. While talking to his siblings later, Randall compares the different viewpoints to the experience of getting glasses as a youngster.

He talks about sitting in the exam chair at the eye doctor and being asked, "Is this better? Or is this better?" After the eye doctor shifts the lens, he's again asked, "Better here ... or here?" The changes are often minuscule, but they eventually lead to the proper prescription.

He reminds his siblings that we all view life through different lenses.

It really struck a chord with me. I vividly remember the trip home from Great Bend after I got my first pair of glasses in grade school. From my perch in the back seat, I suddenly saw things more clearly. Trees weren't just big green blobs: They had individual leaves. The world was sharper, more in focus. It was a revelation.

This week, I celebrate a "birthday" of sorts. It's my 8th "blogiversary." I hit the "publish" button on Kim's County Line for the first time on January 24, 2010. In eight years, I've published 1,683 posts, and there have been more than 1.78 million "page hits" on Kim's County Line.
Part of the reason I began Kim's County Line was to share our life on a Central Kansas farm. I subtitled the blog, "Camera Clicks and Commentary from a Kansas Farm Wife." In truth, I didn't have a solid plan. In fact, it was kind of one of those things your mother tells you not to do: My sister, niece and daughter were already blogging, so I decided to do it, too.

But, as it evolved, my focus became what I refer to as the 4 F's ... and a PH that sounds like an "f:" Farming, Family, Faith, Food and Photography.

Kim's County Line allows me to tell our story - through my own lens.

These days, it seems everyone is an "expert" on GMOs. Everyone has a magic bullet for improving health - and it probably does not include gluten, a protein found in the wheat that's the largest market share on our Central Kansas farm.

I'm not willing to let a Mexican restaurant chain declare that our method of farming isn't responsible. I'm not willing to have the Humane Society of the United States or Greenpeace say that I'm not a compassionate guardian for the planet or for the animals we tend.

So, I keep telling our story. I'm not blogging as much as I did at first. The first year - 2010 - I wrote six days a week and cranked out 265 blog posts. Last year - blogging only two days a week or so - I wrote 116 posts, my lowest total yet. But even though the frequency has waned, I'm still writing and photographing life on our Kansas farm - one blog post at a time
Each quarter, I publish a hard-copy version of the blog. My latest blog book arrived last week. I am running out of storage space. But I also know it's a comprehensive history of our life on a Kansas farm. While pioneer farm wives wrote in journals or diaries by the light of a lantern, I sit at my computer and type words into cyberspace. Still, just like those handwritten journals of the past, my words may some day reveal my life to my grandchildren or great-grandchildren or even strangers. They are both family history and farming history.

For now, it gives landlords a glimpse of what's going on. It gives me an outlet for my writing and photography.
And, along the way, I hope it sheds a little light on modern agriculture ... even if it's just one person's perspective. I do thank those of you who visit my little spot on the internet - whether it's every time I post or just on occasion. Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Want to know why it's called Kim's County Line? Click here for my very first post to find out.

It's my blogiversary, but to celebrate, one person will get a gift from me - a selection of my photo notecards. To qualify, either comment about this blog post in the comment section of the blog or on my Facebook page, Kim Moore Fritzemeier. Or, if you have trouble with either of those avenues, you may email me at rkjbfarms@gmail.com. The winner will be chosen at random from the commenters. Enter your comment by January 31 for a chance to win.

17 comments:

  1. Happy Blog-anniversary Kim. I haven't been here from the start but have followed your blog for quite a number of years now and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts, seeing your photos and getting to know you. I treasure our friendship across the miles. May you continue to find inspiration to write, photograph and blog for many years to come. xx

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    1. Thanks, Lynda! I, too, appreciate our friendship!

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  2. Happy Blog-anniversary Kim, farm wife, mother, Grandma, sister, daughter, reader, writer, amateur photographer, baker, volunteer, and child of God. Eight years and 1,683 posts! That is impressive, considering your busy life. So glad you find the time. It is a delight to find each new post!

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    1. Thank you, Helen! Both you Australian ladies are important to me. I know that Lynda knows this, but I'm not sure you do: My mom has been penpals with an Australian since they were girls. They still exchange Christmas letters. My parents visited her in Australia a few years ago. Maybe someday!

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  3. Hello again, my blogging friend. I have just scrolled back through many posts, trying to establish when our friendship first began.
    a] it was wonderful to revisit old images and wonderful posts and seeing the growth of your delightful Granddaughters.
    b] Today is our 2 year friendship birthday. How incredible that I was looking today. January 27, 2016. [It is the 27th down under.]
    c] This is also quite a coincidence. I stumbled on a blog post re your Mum's Penpal.
    Jan 11, 2016. This sentence caught my eye, because I live just 40 mins from Paradise Point. As I browsed I had been thinking that if we met, our accents might be a problem but we would 'click' immediately and what did you write!

    "My parents finally met the Australian Jill in 2001. By that time, Jill had moved to Paradise Point, a town near Brisbane. They spent some time with Jill playing hostess to the tourists. My mom said it was like visiting with an old friend, though she admits that both of them needed to slow down their speech cadence to cope with the unfamiliar accent of the other."

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    1. What a coincidence that you are near my mom's penpal! It truly is a small world - made even smaller by the connections we can make via the internet.

      Thanks for doing "homework" and figuring all that out, my friend!

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  4. Happy Bloggaversary! I haven't followed you from way back, but have enjoyed reading since I found you (I think from Robyn and the Ranch Wife Chronicles!) Kansas interests me, since my brother in law if from there, and it's where our daughter is in college! I'm curious where you got your hard copies published? I'd really like to do that with mine as well! I hope you keep on blogging!

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    1. I use http://www.blog2print.com/. I always wait until they have a special, but when I was looking up the web address, I noticed that you would get 30 percent off your first order. It's not cheap, but both Randy & I enjoy having the hard copies.

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    2. Thanks! Maybe this would be a good thing to spend my Christmas money on!

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  5. Happy Blog-anniversary Kim! Keep up the good work you do spreading the truth about agriculture on a county line in Kansas. I enjoy your creative outlet and look forward to your adventures.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I'm so glad we got acquainted via our blogs. Keep those photos from your ranch coming!

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  7. Eight years?! I remember my favorite pastime at lunch when I was working at KSU was to read your blog every day. (I would still if my days weren't so full of the joys and challenges of my little ones!) Thanks for sharing your life, your perspective, and your photographs to inspire and educate others! I especially love your family stories. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dana! It's good to hear from you.

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  8. An update: Winner of the notecards was Valerie Ross, who commented via Facebook. She is a reader from Canada!

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