Since only a small part of my job includes writing weekly blogs, it is easy for me to forget that I’m actually writing for the public. I’ve worked for Ohio’s Country Journal for nearly 15 years, but because I only started writing for the publication a couple of years ago, it often feels more like I’m writing a journal to entertain myself rather than writing for the agricultural community. Because of this, I’m always surprised when someone approaches me to talk about a blog or a story I have written.
If you read many of my blogs, you know that I’m a fan of Craigslist. I like to buy and sell items on the site. About a year or so ago, I came to the realization that I was never going to be able to own a team of draft horses; so I decided to list my team harness for sale and buy a more light weight single harness for my draft mare.
I listed the team harness on Craigslist, and a husband and wife duo came to look at the harness for their newly purchased draft horses. We talked for a while, and I explained a little about my mare and why the harness was for sale. The man looked at his wife and then looked at me and said, “I know who you are. I read your articles on the horse page in Ohio’s Country Journal.”
I was kind of flabbergasted, but I was also flattered, and I went ahead and gave them a tour of our little barn and showed them my draft mare that they had read about in Ohio’s Country Journal. It turned into a very pleasant selling experience where both parties seemed comfortable and happy because as it turned out, I knew the man as well; he has advertised his business in Ohio’s Country Journal from time to time.
The couple has kept in touch and recently shared with me a photo of the harness in use on their beautiful Clydesdales. I was really glad to see the harness being enjoyed, and I was once again thankful to be reminded that the agricultural community is generally a small and friendly one.