Category Archives: Connecticut

Fiona’s Viral Post

label      Her name is Fiona, she is one of many beautiful calves at Mountain Dairy in Storrs/Mansfield Connecticut. www.mountaindairy.com  What is so special about her has been the reaction a photo of her received on Facebook. Mountain Dairy is our family farm. My grandchildren are the 11th generation. I take care of social media for the farm, keeping our presence in the community and sharing the beauty of this Mansfield, Connecticut farm. Along comes Fiona and she closes 2015 with a mini viral post.

At the time of the posting I predicted the scenario was right for a post with high contact. The previous week we had two posts reach all time high contact levels. These articles about the farm were well received and shared. I chose the photo of Fiona and cropped it to focus solely on her. Her pink nose is a real attention grabber. Photos of babies always do well on Facebook, everyone loves a little baby of any kind!

I waited for the right timing, Sunday we get high traffic when people have a little more time and the holiday was over. Fiona waited in the wings to make her debut. What you write for a  caption plays a part in  a post reception as well. What message should Fiona take with her? I tried a few out on paper and thought a bit. I didn’t want promotion, just  a simple hello. I finally settled on “Watcha Doin”  a bit slang, a little like a child, short and to the point. I posted her picture and within a couple hours she had a few hundred views and a good number of likes and comments.

Our Facebook page at the time had some over 1700 Likes, an active community of neighbors and milk customers. Later I checked in on the post, Fiona was beginning her rocket trip of popularity. The rate was about 100 views per hour and she kept it up for more that 24 hours! She amassed 58,000+ views in her two days in the limelight. Fiona brought us over 100 new friends to our family’s Mountain Dairy Facebook page , and engagement was up by 400%. I was, and still am, very excited to see Fiona’s post do so well. Dairy farming is a tough life, a struggle in bad weather and hours most people can’t imagine. Fiona is doing her part to help the family.

As a storyteller I focus on family stories. Fiona will be a family story, the calf that grew our Facebook. She will eventually go on to join the cows in our milking herd and maybe even receive visitors. As I shared with my family the success Fiona’s post was having, many made a trip into the calf barn to meet her. 58,000 is hardly a world class viral post, but for a farm in the hills of Eastern Connecticut with a small page Fiona is a rock star!

Come visit Fiona’s page to see how that shiny pink nose made a family story

Fiona on Facebook

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Snow Day…Again

Snow Day…Again

      Another Connecticut snow day has me locked away in my home office. I had work to get done, but since I was up early my long day included some arts.         I had a fun time exploring the new set of watercolors, they are fancy, in little aluminum tubes. I painted  this Cod, that… Continue Reading

Launch of a Great Ship- The Charles W. Morgan

Launch of a Great Ship- The Charles W. Morgan

        The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship of a bygone era went back into the water on July 21,2013. Her maiden launch was on July 21, 1841 at New Bedford, Ma. Through the talents of countless craftsman and steadfast fundraisers the iconic ship was carefully restored and readied for a launch. Towering over… Continue Reading

Job Posting: Troll Caretaker

Job Posting: Troll Caretaker

                                Caretaker Wanted: for single male troll        Person of interest in employment as Troll Caretaker should apply by visiting the realty site and arrange a tour of the home. The  current troll keepers are moving on. The well established and low maintenance troll wishes new caretaker to be easy going and patient with troll like behaviors. New… Continue Reading

Never the Twain Shall Meet

Never the Twain Shall Meet

We will never meet Mark Twain ( the pen name of Samuel Clemens), but standing in his home, surrounded by possessions that were his, a glimpse. Reading his works penned in the third story “man cave”, I know more. Reading what a few of our American Presidents had to say about Mark Twain, yet another… Continue Reading

Review- Tom  Callinan ; Commemorations and I’ll Take New England Any Day

Review- Tom Callinan ; Commemorations and I’ll Take New England Any Day

Tom Callinan Introduces us to two new CD’s of his  legendary music! Commemorations    and   I’ll Take New England Any Day Commemorations is a collection of local legends and National treasures put to music. The characters of a time past and gone are given the breath of life in their story told. The music is warm, engaging… Continue Reading

The Gospel of Mark Alive: Storyteller Rev. Bert Marshall

The Gospel of Mark Alive: Storyteller Rev. Bert Marshall

Stop right now and check November 27, 2011 on your calendar! Sure hope you are free at 2:00 p.m. for this very impressive performance of:  “The Gospel of Mark Alive”  a storytelling performance by Reverend Bert Marshall at First Church of Christ Mansfield Center, CT.                                                                                   Suggested Donation $5.00 per person $15.00 per family. We… Continue Reading

Little Lebanon Llama

I was driving through the town of Lebanon CT. a place so steeped in colonial American history, but on this day it wasn’t the classic colonials, the mile long green or the  huge church spire that caught my eye. My attention was grabbed by a tiny creature just over the fence from the road. I stopped the… Continue Reading

Civil War General Edward W. Whitaker CT. Hero

Civil War General Edward W. Whitaker CT. Hero

   Through storytelling, lecture, web promotion and sharing in conversation I am slowly spreading the word about the brave farm boy from Ashford and his heroic record in the Civil War.  His story like so many thousands of Civil War era stories is about a farm boy turned soldier, many of whom did not go home… Continue Reading

The Connecticut Charter Oak

The Connecticut Charter Oak

The Connecticut Charter Oak, what a story! Spring rain on the leaves of a young descendant of the CT. Charter Oak It is Memorial Day weekend and I am reminded  that we are celebrating freedoms earned my many Connecticut citizens. I am in awe of the strength, ingenuity, wit and talents of the Connecticut people.… Continue Reading

Snow Emergencies Strain CT. Agriculture Industry

Snow Emergencies Strain CT. Agriculture Industry

Snow Emergencies have struck Connecticut Agriculture a terrible blow.  The video shows the removal of the 14th horse from this barn  that collapsed under the weight of snow and ice.  Every day this week the news outlets have carried reports of more roofs in danger of collapse or in many case gone down.  The total loss… Continue Reading