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    05-20-2013, 06:51 PM
Starting a horse rescue blog, input wanted.

I was thinking about starting a blog for a budding local horse rescue [NOTE: A legal, legit non-profit, not a backyard, "I'm going to rescue ponies!"] and wanted to get your opinion on it. I was talking with the manager and we think it could be a great way to get the adoptable horses out there and tell their stories, be informative and let people know that we are here. Most people do not know we exist and with Earth becoming a cyber world, the best thing for the horses is to get online and be seen/heard.

The idea is to give updates, post pictures and videos, and inform people about things we've learned from and about horses. For example, a Cottonwood tree fell down in the pasture and the horses started eating the leaves. Panicked, the manager searched online and found it was actually a good supplement and fine for the horses to nibble on.

So the things I'd like to know are;

1. Do you think this is a good idea?
2. Would you follow/share a well-written, informative blog like this?
3. What site would you use for the blog?
4. Do you have any suggestions about anything?
5. Name ideas? We were thinking something along the lines of "Learning from Horses" or some such variation.

Also, if you know of any rescues that do have a successful site/blog/etc I'd love links! Thanks folks!
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    05-20-2013, 07:02 PM
One piece of advice I got from a very successful blogger was to have about three months' worth of blog material written before you put it up. This doesn't mean you have to wait that long, just have that much material.

Another thing he said was to commit to posting every so often. Like he posts every Monday and Thursday, and he sticks to it, even if it's very short. In your very first blog post, mention your publishing schedule.

I think this is a wonderful idea for getting adoptable horses out there. I would suggest occasionally doing a post on a horse that has been adopted, the challenges of funding the rescue, and how you rehab some of these horses. I would also consider having guest bloggers, from vets and farriers, to adopters, to other rescues.

As far as sites go, and are the most popular. It's important to select an attractive layout, and pay attention to how the colors of the background and text work together.

Good luck!
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    05-20-2013, 07:45 PM
Thank you, that was very helpful!

It's a lot to think about and I'll have to collaborate some more with the barn manager and see what topics we can talk about.

We've just got a horse that's been up for adoption for two years and he needs a home, you know?

I also want to add, the barn manager is also working with someone to create a Facebook page.
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    05-20-2013, 07:54 PM
The Facebook page would help. You can cross-post a lot of information.

Take a look at CANTER and New Vocations pages on FB. They seem to be pretty successful. I realize they are a little different, but look at things like the quality of the photos and what kind of information they include.
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    05-20-2013, 07:57 PM
Green Broke
There was a rescue group, or maybe it was one of the assistance groups that helps place feedlot horses, they had a fb page and they would post one photo with a link to a longer posting with lots of photos, description, video, etc on either a blog or a forum. I am trying really hard to remember who it was, I haven't seen any posts by them lately. I thought it was a great idea. They used fb to spread the word around that there was such and such horse, and interested people could go to the blog post to find out more detail. That way they didn't blow up fb, but they still got word out. If I can remember who it was and locate them, I'll link you so you can see what I'm talking about.

Its a good idea, but its a lot of work. Its something you have to really commit to. If you go too long between posts or stop for a while, you will lose any followers you build up, since nobody wants to look at a stagnant blog with outdated info.
    05-20-2013, 07:59 PM
Thanks! I definitely want to see other media sites that pertain to what we're trying to do, we need to know what we like, what we don't, what people respond to, etc. It was also suggested to me that we get a Twitter and a YouTube as well and try to hit all the media we can. Short "fun facts" on Twitter, YouTube videos or slideshows showing progress, links to the blog on Facebook, you know what I mean.

ETA: Apachie, yes, for sure! I didn't really think of it until aforred mentioned it. I like the idea of committing to one or two days a week and sticking to it. Ideally, we will have several people working with the rescue, each one responsible for a different site. I would do blogs, someone else would do Facebook and then YouTube, etc. So it wouldn't be one person trying to juggle it all.

We wouldn't be able to start anytime real soon, since aforred mentioned it'd be a good idea to get a few months worth of material together first. I've followed blogs that went ages without an update, it was annoying. We don't want to be that blog! Lol.
    05-20-2013, 09:22 PM
I agree with the others that a FB page might be more what you are looking for. That way people can "share" and horses may have more exposure. You have to look for a blog but FB is just shared with the world.

That said I have managed a FB page for a business and my advice is to have at least one months posts written out. Its just easer to have these banked for those days when life is all out.
    05-20-2013, 09:44 PM
Green Broke
I found it the page I was talking about. I'll link you to it on fb, since we aren't allowed to post those links on here.
    05-20-2013, 09:48 PM
Have to also agree with the Facebook route. Having a blog is lovely but I find it much harder to get traffic on. I've used both blogger and wordpress and even being listed in search results didn't bring in much traffic.
However Facebook is powerful. I took a hobby of making bracelets up and shared with my friends... who then shared with their friends.. I now have a constant waiting list that'll see me right up until at least August. I never expected it to take off. I have a facebook group page for my work and since people show up all the time online my posts are always replied to instantly. Its very effective. Theres a fb page about a rescue mare I follow. They do updates and she shares photos and info. It has a lot of fans. I can imagine how effective this would be over a blog site.
Good luck!!
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