The reason I am writing to you from deepest rural France is because at the blog I run, Farm Blogs from Around the World (it's not a business, it's a hobby based on a passionate interest in farming) I am trying to gather in one place the very best of global blogging about farms, farming and rural life. It's a hobby really that follows my global interest in farming.
.As a result I have added you to the Farm Blogs from Around the World blog roll which I think is rapidly growing into the single best resource for quality farming blogs on the Internet.
You can find the blog roll, sorted by country, in the right hand column of the blog - there are recommended blogs from Australia, Africa, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the USA and it's growing organically all the time.
My posts are made up of postings about recommended bloggers, postings about their recommendations and I also post regular stories about world farming and food issues.
All blogs have been recommended to me by other bloggers or have been identified by me during my occasional browsing.
I have a pretty broad definition of farming - if someone is producing food or natural fibre you're a farmer, to my mind at least - and I also include general resource blogs for and about farmers.
So blogs range from ranchers to part-time smallholders, and resources for them.
Once recommended, I add them to the blogroll and then contact the bloggers (as I am contacting you) asking them to send me a few words about their farm/small-holding/resource blog and their blog and,critically, to recommend their favourite farm/farming blogs.
(I also ask that they consider doing a posting about Farm Blogs From Around the World, how they came to be involved and add a link to farmblogs.blogspot.com)
And so it goes and grows.
I would very much appreciate it if you could please consider:
a) writing to me with (up to) your Top 5 farm/rural blog recommendations - not currently listed on my blog; particularly from countries not yet represented or under represented. I am particularly interested in blogs from the UK, New Zealand, South America, Asia and Africa at the moment. The proper name of the blog, the exact url, the location and one sentence on why you like it is perfect, but if pressed for time, just the links.
b) send me a brief description of blog, (specifically your - approximate - location, your acreage and what stock, crops or natural fibres you raise or about your resource if you are a resource based blog) as well as permission to use up to 5 photos from your site for a one off usage so that with your text I can make a posting about you;
I know this is a drag but a lot of people are finding that my blog is driving traffic to them and are finding it a great source of quality blogs about farming so I hope you can find a moment to drop me a line.
I very much hope to hear from you, and thanks for taking the time to read and respond to this.