Snapchat and Agriculture

What is Snapchat?  Isn’t that the thing all the kids are using now?  Doesn’t it just disappear?  Why would I want to use Snapchat?  These are just a few of the questions I get asked when talking about Snapchat.

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For the past year I have had the best time using Snapchat.  At first I used Snapchat with just family and friends.  We had good times sending snaps to each other while on vacation, during kid’s games, or just cooking in the kitchen.  I shared my entire Christmas Village setup with everyone, and they loved it!  Who wouldn’t?    After awhile I started feeling comfortable with Snapchat.  This made me venture out and seek other people in the Agriculture community.  What I found was amazing!

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I found the beautiful and amazing world of agriculture.  Farmers and ranchers sharing snaps of their day to day activities.  Snaps taken while riding horses, rounding up cattle, driving the combine in the middle of the night made wondrous stories to consume.  The average consumer has little information of where their food comes from.  We as agvocates can share our stories on Snapchat.  A simple snap of our surroundings while repairing fencing is showing a picture many people will never experience.  Let’s help the consumer experience life on a farm or life on the ranch by agvocating with Snapchat!

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Snapchat is a mobile photo messaging app.  It allows the user to take and share photos or short videos.  The pictures and videos must be taken while using Snapchat.  The pictures and videos will show for 10 seconds.  You have the option of choosing to send the snap to certain people (they will be the only ones to see your snap) or you can choose to  send as a Snapchat story.  A Snapchat story will be available for viewing for 24 hours and all of your followers can view and re-watch it for 24 hours.  Some Snapchatters really get into telling stories.  They make multiple snaps that tell a story.

Snapchat’s lenses are the best and they change daily!  Kiddos are mesmerized while playing with the lenses.  One recent Saturday evening our entire family, Great-Grandma included took turns with the face swap lens.  To use the lenses, first make sure your camera is facing you then tap and hold on your face.  The lenses will appear at the bottom of screen.  Swipe left to try different lenses and let the fun begin!

Snapchat also has filters you can use after taking your snap.  After taking your snap and before sending swipe right and look at the different filters.  There are options of adding the time, temperature, MPH, and different color filters to your snaps.  You can also speed up or slow down a video.  Like I said, great fun!  Then there are geofilters.  If you choose to use a geofilter it will show what city you are in.  We live out in the country so we do not have a geofilter.  So when I am somewhere that has a geofilter I tend to overuse it.  Or so I’ve been told by my daughter.

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You can add friends on Snapchat two different ways.  First you can add new friends simply by entering their user name.  Or you can add new friends by snapcode.  You take a screen shot of the snapcode then choose the option to add friend by snapcode.

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Our Snapcode

Snapchat is very user friendly.  I actually downloaded the Snapchat app and got started all by myself.  I never had to ask my kids what to do!  Major points for Snapchat!

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As of Nov. 8, 2015: Snapchat says it has more than 100 million daily active users, and, 6 billion video views per day.  I am sure those numbers have grown.

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On a side note one of my favorite Snapchatters is The Pioneer Woman.  Sometimes she shares step by step recipes!!!  I take screen shots and make the always delicious and scrumptious recipe.  She also shares beautiful pictures of her family ranch.

Join me and let’s all start agvocating with Snapchat!!!

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This Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day weekend my family is coming together to celebrate.  We will celebrate love and we will celebrate mothers.  On Saturday  we are having a wedding shower for our niece.IMG_2544

My sister and I planned the shower for Mother’s Day weekend hoping our mother would be able to attend.  Last October my Mother moved to Austin, Texas to help take care of her older sister.  This has been a good experience for my Mom and her sister.  But we do not get to see her or even talk to her as often as we are used to.  So I have not seen my Mom since Christmas.  While getting ready for the shower, I started thinking about my niece and her new life she is embarking upon and then thoughts turned to my Mom and her life.

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It was scary for her to move away from her home, family and friends.  But she did it to help her sister and her sister’s family.  Mothers are about family.  A mother’s focus is about her family.  Every day mothers around the world make decisions that they hope will be the best for their family.  Some are heading out the door on their way to work, others are staying home to work.  Working at home or working away from home, we still do it for our family.

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As I look around my home that has a bookcase in every room and plants near the windows, I realize how much my mother has influenced my world.  She has shared her love for reading, plants and children with me.  But most importantly she has shared her never give up spirit.  I’m the oldest of four children.  When I was in the 11th grade my Mom went to nursing school!  She enjoyed a long career as a neonatal nurse.  She loved her preemie babies and would talk about them for hours.  It was really exciting when she trained to be a neonatal medevac nurse.  We loved hearing her stories of being on a helicopter flying out to pick up preemie babies.  My Mom, retired now still uses her nursing skills while helping her sister.

 

 

This weekend my family will celebrate all women, mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers. Thank you for caring for your families.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!