Recently one of my long time subscribers unsubscribed from my FREE gardening newsletter because he said I’ve lost focus on plants. He’s not interested in Donkeys, or Goats.
So for those of you who are wondering why we are posting about Donkeys and Goats or Bee Keeping and other things that interest people who live, or dream of living in a rural area, this is my explanation.
I’ve not lost focus on plants. I’m putting out more plant related content now than ever in the past.
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Do You Write or Create Written Content for Anything?
It ain’t easy is it? Take a look at this list. Try and Imagine how many hours it took to create this content that we don’t get paid for.
That list is almost endless!
And it grows every week.
I created the majority of that content, but some and now more recently Duston and Amber are also creating content that we hope will interest you. Because many of our readers, customers and most importantly prospects are interested in things like bee keeping, raising goats, miniature donkeys we are trying to diversify to keep people interested.
The donkeys are my project and if you look at the comments on the donkey post my list is overwhelmingly enthused about me getting donkeys. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop doing plants, but people who can’t have donkeys will enjoy seeing mine. People who visit my nursery will enjoy the donkeys.
Most of the content about goats and bees and who knows what’s next is posted by Duston in a effort to engage people on our list and give them an opportunity to share their expertise in different areas.
It Takes Me Several Hours to Send One Email Newsletter.
People can’t possibly realize everything that has to done, blog posts created, photos taken, uploaded, then cropped and edited for use on the web. Just formatting the newsletter is a challenge for this “Dumb Ole Dirt Farmer”. It’s not like you sending an Email. I have to jump through hoop after hoop, the messages have to be tested, they have to be able to make it through the spam filters. They have meet the compliance standards of the services that we use and we use more than one service so all of this has to be done multiple times.
I Don’t Get a Pay Check for Doing this.
Hopefully we sell enough product each week to meet payroll so we can do it all again for free next week.
It’s rare, if ever, that I send out a newsletter that doesn’t have a focus about plants. Although I do appreciate my critics, they keep me on my toes, I wish for just a millisecond that people could realize how much effort and work it takes come up with new content and new photos to use in these posts each week.
Keep in mind, we don’t get paid for creating content and the only ads on these pages are for the one and only product that I sell to support the 10,000 plus hours I’ve devoted to this. When you visit one of my sites, we don’t blast you with pop ads for everything under the sun. I don’t get big fat checks for the products that I feature. I get nothing. I usually have to buy the product just so I can show it to you.
I’ve been doing this for over 14 years. Subscribers come and go, I know that. I’m fine with that. Many of them often come back. I’m also aware that I can’t please everybody, not everybody is going to like me and there’s nothing I can do about that.
So for those who appreciate the effort that me and my very talented and capable team (that would be Duston, Amber and Cathy) put into creating unique content that you can’t find all over the web, stay tuned. We’re listening, our goal is to provide you with good information and if we can make you smile every now and then all the better.
-Mike McGroarty (my story, it ain’t pretty)
Will we add more products? I hope to add small nursery pots, people can’t find the size we use. I can’t find them! We should have them soon.