Millennials are an embarrassment.

First off, I should start by saying not all millennials are an embarrassment. It’s what the term millennial has come to mean that is embarrassing.

What is with this offended by everything, everything has to be fair, get a do-over, entitlement of the millennials? They are living in a world of unicorns and rainbows, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; life isn’t fair, there are no do-overs, and you are not owed ANYTHING.

Fast food workers think they should make $15/hr flipping burgers. Are you shitting me? EMTs make $15/hr. LPNs make $15/hr. Store managers make $15/hr. Burger flipping requires no skill, no education, no continuing education, nothing. You have no responsibility. Insert your argument about how minimum wage isn’t enough to live on. You need to go to school, get an education, and get a better job. You can go to school it just might not be easy. But not everything in life is easy. I had no financial help from my parents and I attended nursing school. I took out loans and worked through school. Many schools offer daycare. I’ll give you an economics lesson also; say if we raised the minimum wage to $15/hr or $30 for that matter – do you really think the cost of everything will just magically stay the same? Maybe in your dreamland. With an increase in the minimum wage comes this thing called inflation. Prices inflate to match the increase in minimum wage, so all it would do is drive prices higher.

In a world of participation trophies and handouts it’s time for a wake up call. There are literally 10s of thousands of teenagers and young adults running around not knowing how to function. They are clueless to real life because you can’t punish them or hurt their feelings. We have things like child led parenting. Try to have a conversation with one and it’s like dealing with a 3 year old who hasn’t had a nap. They honestly think something should happen or be a certain way simply because that’s how they want it, and will argue until they are blue in the face about it. They like to make invalid arguments about subjects they know nothing about. Let’s make marijuana legal but ban GMO crops. Yeah, makes perfect sense. Crops have been genetically modified for thousands of years, seriously have you ever seen what corn looked like in the beginning? We would have all starved by now. Farmers are feeding and clothing the world, and they need to be recognized for that not criticized. Especially from somebody who probably couldn’t grow a Chia Pet.

Do you know that the new thing now is that the millennial’s parent is accompanying them to their job interviews. You know for support because they can’t handle that on their own. Because maybe they won’t get the job and it will hurt their feelings and it won’t be fair. Boo-hoo. Recognition must be given for every little accomplished or they feel left out or underappreciated. You took a shit today, congratulations.

It is not anyone’s fault that you are too busy taking selfies, partying, or watching TV to live your life as an adult. The whole YOLO thing. Yeah it’s over. Done. Time to mature up. You do only live once so stop living like a child and take on life’s challenges. Please, please, please get off social media and stop watching channels like E! and MTV. Those ‘reality shows’ are not realistic at all. I am still trying to figure out how just about each Kardashian has their own show and that people what them. You can argue that you’re just a product of you’re surroundings, and that’s a bit true but stop comparing what is happening now and what you’re doing now to what your grandparents we’re doing 50 years ago. Because if you want to look at it that way; when your grandpa was 19 years old he was off in Germany fighting in WWII; you’re 19 years old live at home and dropped out of the local community college because they ‘we’re dumb’.

As a millennial myself (1991 model) I can speak on this subject. I’ll be honest with everyone I’m embarrassed to be considered a millennial. No doubt there are still plenty of millennials just like me, thank God. We are still hardworking, educated, and intelligent people. We work for a living and don’t expect handouts from anyone. Hopefully other millennials can look at this and see that with a little hard work and effort you can have your own life functioning as an adult.

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Why I Don’t Like Your Blog.

OK, so that title sounded a little harsh, I just wanted to get your attention. More accurately it should be titled ‘what frustrates me about your blog’, ‘what your blog is missing’, or ‘why I won’t read your blog’. And it’s not because of you, it’s your blog.

1. No social media links. There has been many times where I have found a blog that I would love to follow but it was on a different site (blogger, etc.) that had no way for me to follow. I don’t use Google Friend Connect, but I do use Facebook, Bloglovin, and follow by email. I feel everyone should have the links somewhere on their page. Sure, I could look it up on Facebook or Bloglovin but I’m not going to.

2. No about me page. I like to learn about the blogger, it makes me feel more connected. It also helps me to get a better understanding of who the blogger is, what they stand for, and their background. It makes us like besties.

3. No search bar. Two main reasons I hate when blogs don’t have a search bar: 1. I’m at your blog because of Pinterest and they just linked to your blog not the actual post, I want to search your blog for the project I’m looking for. I’m not going to scroll through 6 years of posts. 2. If I like a topic you’re writing about and want to search for more info/similar posts I can’t. Bummer.

4. No picture. I like to see who I’m reading about. This goes along with number 2. And it makes me feel like you’re not some creepy guy posing as a 20-something lady.

5. No contact information. Kind of goes along with number 1. If I have a question, etc. and want to be able to email you privately, I feel I should be able too. Either by an email or a contact form.

6. Having to subscribe to post a comment. This is something I’ve noticed on some blogger blogs. You have to subscribe to the RSS feed in order to comment. Well this somewhat goes with number 1 also. I have a different blog platform and follow non-wordpress blogs via Facebook, Bloglovin, or email. I don’t want to subscribe to a RSS feed to comment. I should be able to comment without following you anyways.

7. Captcha! I’ll give you guys a break on this one, but still it annoys me :). This is one of the main reasons I chose WordPress over Blogger. I hate those Captcha! (word verification) widgets to prove I’m human and not a robot. It’s just seems like such a waste of time to me, WordPress just sorts any spam comments into a separate folder (like your email), much more simple and not so annoying.

8. Autoplaying videos and music (background music). Not a huge deal because usually my computer is muted. But I am usually multitasking and have 93857 tabs open (I’m not the only one, right? Especially on Pinterest…) and if I want to use audio on a different tab I will x out of your blog because the music (if I can easily turn off the video/song I might not x out). Seriously, if I want to watch or listen to something I’ll click on it, promise! As far as background music goes – this isn’t MySpace I don’t want to hear it. Maybe just have a sound bar on the side so I can click play, but that’s it.

9. Overdone with Ads. I have no problems with ads on a blog but when they are everywhere taking up 75% of the blog I’m no longer interested in your content. And please no pop-ups (including the ads that popout when you put your mouse over them).

10. Too Hard to Read. For the most part I don’t care what your blog looks like. Including color, patterns, schemes, fonts, etc. My problem is when it’s near impossible to see the content due to the color, design, template, etc. You know what I mean? Like when I can barely decipher the text because of the style (cursive, etc.) or the background color and text color are too close and it’s hard to read.

blogsHow do you feel about this list? What are your like, dislikes, must-haves of a blog? Leave it in the comments below! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about your blog, I’ll do my best to answer them!

Agvocates – helping or hurting the industry?

Yesterday on a fellow blogger’s Facebook page, The Farmer’s Wifee, she brought up this question. She stated that during the last week or so she had heard from several sources that ‘agvocates’ are doing more harm than good. My response to this question is as follows:

As a fellow agvocate I feel we are important, but I can see how sometimes we hurt the industries. We need to let people know the facts, we need to support ag, and we need to support each other. Instead of posts bashing Carrie Underwood, HSUS, Peta, etc. we need to have post with facts & reliable sources to back us up showing that they are doing the harm. We want people to listen to us but we can not force them. It’s OK if someone likes Carrie Underwood, we don’t need to attack them. Because seriously Carrie Underwood is not that great of a threat to the ag industry. Yes, she donated money to HSUS, but still. I’m using CU because this has been a hot topic lately, or at least on my feeds. And sometimes we have to realize someone is going to have their opinion and we aren’t going to change it no matter how much we yell, scream, stomp our feet, or type. Because I see it a lot – bloggers acting like 2 year olds demanding everyone agree with their opinion. I know many people have poor attitudes and opinions towards agriculture and we just need to do the best we can to inform the public about the truth and importance of agriculture. Mainly, we just need to stay professional.

How do you feel about this question and my answer? How do you feel about agvocates? And as she asked on her blog; How are we doing? Have you learned anything from us? Have we taught you anything? Have we changed your minds on anything? Do we show a positive face to agriculture? I would love to hear from anyone and everyone about their point of view of the issues facing agriculture, including agvocates.