Well, hello there Farming Fort Collins readers. This is Kristin Mastre, the founder of our network of writers. You might know me over on Feasting Fort Collins and Fresh Air Fort Collins, the two sites I write within our team of community writers. Farming Fort Collins has been a dormant recently. Well, let me explain. We’ve been going through our winter season and it’s time to gear up for spring.
At the end of 2016 you may have read Amy’s last post for Farming Fort Collins.
As she moved on, I decided to put the search for a new writer on the backburner. I had put some feelers out in the community and a few people were interested in taking over Farming Fort Collins. However, this is a really tough gig. It’s not simply writing. There’s social media management, a marketing mindset, and ad sales hustle responsibilities that go along with it too. Most people just expected to write and thought, “oh, that’s too much work.” And it is. It takes a rockstar to be successful here (or any media company, for that matter).
During this time our network of writers was evolving in the process. We got a spiffy new logo look on each site, then as of last week, we ditched our business as The Scoop Blog Network and sprouted into Experince Fort Collins – expanding our marketing services, adding a podcast to our network, and narrowing our focus into helping Fort Collins live a bucket list life right here in our own community. That includes gardening and agriculture, too!
In our Experience Fort Collins podcast, I’ll be talking about the best aspects of living here, the worst, and bucket list perceptions from people who are making their mark in our community. I’ll talk with people related to food, outdoors, history, family life, gardening and agriculture, history, arts and entertainment, and cannabis – all of the lifestyle things that our network covers and what makes Fort Collins the community it is.
Not only that, I’ve been working on Choose Your Own Fort Collins over the last year. This is a Choose Your Own Adventure series to help our readers experience the things we write about first-hand in a new and exciting way. Our launch is creeping closer, hopefully at the end of April if everything goes as planned. Our adventure series is designed to be mysterious and full of surprises, so you’re not going to get a detailed explanation of what it entails. If you sign up for the newsletter on the landing page, you’ll get an exclusive invite to our launch party and go on an adventure for free.
So, instead of going through the time-consuming cycle of hiring and training a new writer, who may or may not last longer than three months until we find the right person who will stick with it, which also holds me back from progressing on launching Choose Your Own Fort Collins, I decided that I’d take over Farming Fort Collins myself until – if and when – we ever found another qualified person to fill this role. I’ll have some informational content on here again, I’ll be interviewing people about gardening and agriculture in Fort Collins in our new podcast, and I’ll be getting the newsletter going out too (it might be monthly instead of weekly, though. We’ll see how it works out).
But either way, Farming Fort Collins is feeling much like our gardens at the moment. The weather is warming up and things are starting to sprout (if even a tad too early as we know another dump of snow is on the way until May).
But regardless, I’m looking forward to helping you Experience Fort Collins to the fullest this year!