The Power Of Social Media Strikes Brookfield, Wisconsin
“The popularity of social media strikes again, right here in Brookfield releasing a 600th video blog for their newly designed WisconsinGarden.com website.”
The popularity of social media strikes again, right here in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The term ‘going viral’ has struck the home of Richard & Lynn Voigt, 13720 West Keefe Avenue, in Brookfield, just a couple of blocks north-east of Brookfield East High School.
Next week their Brookfield garden will be celebrating another milestone. They will be producing their 600th video blog for their WisconsinGarden.com website. According to YouTube analytics, currently their 598 video blogs have now been seen in 132 countries, gaining them a following of 6,235 subscribers and generated 1,189,694 views on YouTube. To put this into perspective, that’s the equivalent of filling Miller Park to capacity 28.4 times.
Originally Lynn wasn’t too keen on being filmed while during her normal garden chores. But her husband encouraged her to allow him to create a garden video for people who were just starting a garden, and to simply share her unique method of planting tomatoes. She finally agreed and they produced their first video blog called, “Tomato vs. Toe-Ma-Toe.” Little did they know then that this would become another unique chapter in their life!
Today, Lynn can only shake her head in awe at the power of social media. “Fortunately for us, in today’s world, 99.999% has been extremely positive and supportive of our video mission.” A simple mission that foster’s growing a healthier, self-sufficient, home-grown garden.
“Eating a tomato picked from the garden has little, if any, competition. Your taste buds immediately sense the difference. More importantly, you know where it was grown, the organic soil in which it was grown, but ultimately knowing it was grown without using dangerous synthetic chemicals.”
Their little half acre eclectic garden is well-known by their neighbors. On any given day it’s not uncommon for people and passing cars to stop, admire, photograph, and when they not busy working on their many other unique projects, they always make time to give private garden tours.
Richard has often been quoted, “We’re not retired – we’re refocused, and as former teachers, we just can help ourselves but to continue sharing fun ideas with others.
As if their garden project wasn’t demanding enough, they’ve authored and self-published 52 books in the last four years, manage 67 websites, and still find time to teach adult extension classes through UWM-Milwaukee via the Osher program and at Waukesha County Technical College in their Learning in Retirement (LIR) program. This fall they will be teaching classes on “Gardening in Wisconsin,” “Story Plot Writing & How to Self-Publish Your Book For Free,” and Richard’s unique drawing technique called, “Doodle Puzzle Designs,” he created for children and adults who’ve forgotten how to relax. This has become one of their most popular Amazon book titles sold in the US and UK.
During the winter months, Lynn creates hand-drawn designs on her home-grown gourds and creates flying pigs out of paper Mache, while Richard continue working on his computer generated digital quilt that physically spans the length of five and a half football fields. So far he’s created over 550 38” x 38” canvas sections, each a kaleidoscopic abstraction of a person, place or object. Needless to say, they are still seeking a place to exhibit his ever expanding digital quilt.
If you too have been watching, you’ll soon see why their presence on social media continues to gain popularity and interest, striking us right here in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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