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Life, Internet, Challenges, Benefits, Blogging

IMGP6043_edited-2Emily Bissland from ABC OPEN asked me to be a guest blogger the questions asked about the challenges and benefits of where we live and the internet and why I started blogging, this was my reply:I might be a bit bias when asked the challenges and benefits of living where I do, there are many on both sides but I think it is a “state of mind” thing, a “what you are used to” an absolute love for the land which helps make you battle with the challenges to make them benefits.

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Amazing sunrise at Black Mountain, the reason for the wonderful colours, dust.

I love the wide open spaces, the solitude, the noise of the bush, the smells, the people, being involved in a small community, knowing ones neighbours but not being able to see them from the front yard, our cattle, our way of life, being blessed with raising our two kids “in the bush” where they had the freedom to learn and explore  liberally, to work as a family, to educate young people who are wanting to have a career in Agriculture (we are hosts for RITE) and I have only named a few, as I said there are many.  The bigger challenges are health, education and roads, if you asked someone closer to the coast they may say exactly the same thing. When I say education I don’t just mean in schools, I mean educating those that don’t understand our challenges of where we live and for some reason many can’t fathom why we live here as well. (That could be a blog in itself)

We may be remote but we aren’t isolated because technology allows us, at the click of a mouse, to be anywhere in the world, have access to any subject we would like to learn about and put us in contact with family and friends so that we can actually see them as we talk to them.

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I would like to think my glass is half full, blessed is how I feel with hat, 4 wheeler, Ipad & water the world is my oyster on our patch of land in the Outback.

Some say computers are good while they are working, but isn’t that everything? Internet has made the world even smaller, depends if you have your glass half full or half empty whether you think internet is a good thing or not. But it is there, accessible, so use it to your advantage. Like the fellow whose phone was ringing but he wasn’t answering it and someone said “how come you’re not answering the phone” his reply “I put the phone in for my convenience”

We use technology as a business tool too, cattle prices are good, drive out to the paddock where the cattle we want to sell are, take some photos, send photos off to potential buyers/agents/auctions and hopefully within hours they can be sold. We use technology when machinery is broken down, take a photo, email it to mechanic along with photos of machinery/vehicle details so VIN numbers/ID plates and the like so they don’t get written down wrong etc. When you are working out in the paddock before business hours and home after businesses shut, ordering online becomes very convenient as well, as does sending emails out of business hours or replying to emails so as “business” can continue round the clock at everyone’s convenience. We don’t use a cheque book, all bills are paid via internet banking, another huge suitability.

The beauty of the Outback is my passion and challenge when it comes to photography. I would like to think that I am capturing history for the generations to come, when they can refer to my photos and say “in the old days.” To capture our amazing “light” in all its natural beauty is just a thrill.

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Middleton Landscape, green after recent rain a lovely contrast against the red stony hill and cloud scattered sky.

The displays Mother Nature throws out there is different every day. For me to share this magnificent country, my home, with the rest of the world is totally amazing, thanks to technology. The trees, clouds, droughts, rains, characters, events, animals, fences, roads, watering points any subject in the Outback has a story to tell, a history and a photograph.

I like to tell of my life through photography, whenever I display a photograph there is always a caption, I would like to think that I have not only educated those that aren’t familiar with farming or our area but also those that live and breathe our way of life that they to have a story to tell too. The caption that goes with this photo

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“History stand to view modern times”

“History stand to view modern times” The old yard posts, could never have imagined, when they were placed in the ground that the earth that surrounds them would feel the rumble of the mighty trucks carrying what once they use to hold. This is written in a hope, that once read, people will stop and think about what it took to get those posts there, hopefully, visualise, as I do, the energy, work, time, implements, the team behind building a yard “back in the day” and the history that has been written between the old yards being built and the modern trucks being used. So, now, telling my story on paper and displayed on a wall has moved with the times onto a computer and it is called a blog.

Another way I, and many others that have a passion for farmers, are using social media via Facebook and Twitter is rectifying what we in “Australian Agriculture” would class as “wrong” when someone perceives Aussie Farming not in the same light as we understand it.  We can put our side of the story across as soon as the post has hit cyber space. Winston Churchill’s famous saying “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” and that was back in his day, so imagine with today’s technology.

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Our girls, Santa/Droughtmaster cows enjoying a good season.

As this is the Australian Year of the Farmer, let every farmer tell their story, use the technology to make a YouTube video to say “hey I’m a farmer & proud of it, this is what I do” let every Australian realise just how important our farmers are and that not everything you read in cyberspace is correct. If you would like to know something about farming in Australia my suggestion to you would be “Ask an Aussie Farmer” or three. The know-how has been there for a long time, it is a way of letting farmer’s voices be heard, others have taken advantage of it for many years and we can do exactly the same thing, let all farmers be Advocates of Australian Agriculture using the tools available. This is one very good YouTube clip. Rick & I are very proud to be part the website Australian Supporting Beef Farmers also.

In our community we use technology to advertise our assets, events, tourist attractions all over the world.  We’ve organised events in Boulia solely via internet communication. Technology has helped with better health, education, learning for the wider community.

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Boulia’s Easter weekend includes Races, Campdraft, Gymkhana, 200m Horse Sprint & Rodeo. Cracking his whip is the 2011 winner of the Station Buckjump.

Of course there are problems: slow internet, spam and the list goes on, but I’m sure with every “new” system over the decades there was always issues to get through. In the early 60’s people didn’t like 240volt power having had only ever used 32 volt as “240 will kill you, 32volt only gives you a kick” It is the same old story fear of the unknown or not being educated to use the system to your advantage and what to do if things go wrong. It is also trial and error. Typing on a keyboard, contrary to belief, isn’t going to start a World War.

My advice to those wanting to start a blog, it’s easy, just start writing! If you have a passion, your everyday life, or have seen something that interests you, take a photo and write about it, it is as simple as that. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who has written a blog for suggestions, read others blogs for ideas, there are a huge range, varied and different. There are plenty of places on the net to write blogs, you don’t need a website like I have.

Happy Blogging everyone.

 

 

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