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 With the race season over and summer coming to an end, I have been looking back and feeling a touch of guilt for neglecting my blog over the last year. Despite having a number of experiences and ideas I have wanted to share, I just haven’t made the time to put them to paper… or to the keyboard anyway, you know what I mean.

I have been sitting on TractorView for the better part of a year now, stuck on deciding which direction to take it. After much thinking, I have decided that the best way to move forward is with no specific direction at all.  From now on this blog will be a journal about life as I am living it.  After all, isn’t that the point of a blog?  I started TractorView with the intention of it being a window into my life on the farm, shedding light on how I run my real estate business from the tractor.  However, the site’s real momentum was gained while sharing information about new social media platforms, and new technology and tools for farmers, with farmers.  Despite a continued explosion of apps and tech tools on the market, I found I have lost some of my interest in those areas.  Instead of constantly following the trends in technology, my changing interests led me to living the last year a little more unplugged.  I continued to share my experiences on social media platforms such as Facebook, finding myself more drawn to writing short, fast posts as opposed to writing blogs.  Writing has never been one of my strongest skills, and to quote my first year college English professor, “You write like you are in the 7th grade.”

Needless to say it takes a certain amount of concentration to sit down, and express myself with the written word.  I am a talker and a visual learner, not a reader or writer.  Therein lies the challenge I am giving myself, to battle the medium and force myself to write. My Type A personality forces me to face my weaknesses and confront them head on.  So here I am, with the goal to write, regardless of how many people read it, or even if no one reads it.

Normally, during the second week of September, writing is something I would never have time to do. Most years we would be hunkered down in the eye of the harvest storm.  But this year, Mother Nature had other plans, throwing a winter storm at us, chasing me out to the Okanagan rather than facing down the flattened fields of crops.While I know I can’t hide here in paradise forever, for now, I will take a few days to ride my bike, meet my new cycling coach and refocus instead of focusing on wet fields.  My goal for the next 12 months is to write at least two posts per month and write for the sake of writing, a tall order for someone like me.

Now it’s time to pack up and hit the road back to the farm, and back to real life. See you later paradise. 

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