Summer is going great so far! I’ve had my share of barbecue, ice-creams, hikes and road trips! It also got me feeling grateful for everything that I have been able to witness everyday and the people I get to interact with.
I’m sharing some snippets from last summer at Bogle Seeds Sunflower fields because after what happened last year, I didn’t feel like making a post on it until this year. (more on that later in this post)
When the Bogle family opened doors to their farm, I was so excited to just witness acres of gorgeous sunflowers smiling bright. The weekend I went to visit, it was quite pleasant and beautiful to stroll around the fields. But I heard everything went haywire the next weekend due to how viral the Bogle sunflower farms went, thanks to Instagram. There were 7000+ vehicles until the highway and all visitors just barged in without paying for the visit not respecting that the Bogle family opened its doors to experience this beauty for everyone. It was supposedly very chaotic, visitors stomped on the crops for photo ops and overall, destroyed the purpose of this exhibit. The Bogle family decided to never open the farm again for any visits. My heart hurts 🙁
This entire incident got me thinking about only one thing. The fact that social media can be a boon and a curse. right? We can use it to share the most wonderful experiences but at the same time, it could be harmful in so many different ways. How much is too much? Is there a line that needs to be drawn when it comes to social media? Definitely.
The weekend I was there, it was just a few days since the farm was open to public and didn’t have a huge crowd. Do I feel responsible to have spread the word about the beautiful farm? Yes.
Being a blogger, my first instinct has always been sharing experiences and stories with you. So if I witness something this beautiful, you bet I would share it here. But it did contribute to what happened the next weekend at the Bogle farm. *sigh*
And now to the wonderful side of the story. Honestly, it’s a visit I won’t forget. The faint breeze, the bright sunflowers swaying away in the direction of the sun, acres and acres of it. Some post card pictures from the sunflower fields! 🙂
What is your take on drawing the line when it comes to social media? I would love to know!