I’ve been invited to participate in a “writing process blog tour”. Many bloggers are participating, and inviting others to join in order to create a chain effect. We have three questions about our writing to answer and pass along to others.
I was invited by Jenna Drady, who writes the blog “Love is Being Owned by a Husky”. Jenna lives in Ontario, Canada and is still fairly new to the blogging world (she’s been blogging for less than a year). She has become popular and successful very quickly, probably partly because she is such a nice person who is always doing thoughtful things for others, like making cards for everyone’s special occasions. She is one busy lady with 2 daughters, 2 stepsons, 3 dogs and 3 cats! Jenna’s goal for her blog is to “keep it real” and she does just that. She shares training tips (I’ve used her tips myself with success), recipes, adoptable pets, and many interesting stories. Her passion is huskies, so if you want to learn more about this breed, her blog is the place to go! You can click here to be taken to her post on the tour.
On to the questions:
What am I working on? I usually have more than one blog post in the works, even though much of it is often only inside my head! I’ve had a big project in the making since last fall, a memorial garden for our pets that we have lost. I’ve been taking photos of the whole process from the beginning, and am finally getting ready to share the completed project. I’m excited to share it because it’s been so important to me to create this special garden in memory of our many beloved pets that are now gone.
I’m also writing a “Summer Safety” series this month, for BlogPaws‘ Pet Safety Month and have lots of ideas stewing for that. My first post of the series was about 4th of July safety, and I also plan to cover topics such as heat related issues, swimming safety, and possibly a little more about fighting off insects, which I’ve been writing a lot about this spring and summer.
Why do I write what I do? In short, because I love animals and I enjoy writing about them. I started the blog after closing a part time pet sitting business, and I was in need of a little extra income and something to do. I wanted to continue something in the pet field and be able to work from home so I had more time with the animals. Writing about pets has been the perfect solution. In the beginning, I honestly expected the blog to be more about generic pet issues, but have found that sharing stories and photos of my own pets is what really makes me happy. I try to do a variety of personal posts as well as informative posts.
How does my writing process work? It works pretty well, considering I am mostly disorganized! I have a notebook for jotting down ideas, but they often end up on a piece of scrap paper next to my computer instead, or on my post it program on my computer. So far, coming on almost 2 years of blogging, I have not run out of ideas. Since I write some product reviews and like to join campaigns through BlogPaws, I usually have something like that on my schedule. I always have one or two cameras close by to capture unplanned photos of the pets. I plan most of my posts only about a week ahead of time.
Occasionally I will be caught up on my current ideas, and find myself at loose ends as to what to write next. That’s when I hook up one of the dogs to a leash, and head out for a walk. I have a voice recorder on my cell phone and when something comes to mind I’ll start recording notes as I walk. I’d love to be more organized, and maybe one day I’ll get back to that point. For now, my haphazard way of doing things is mostly working! The one thing I’d really like to work at is getting more of my posts done ahead of time and scheduled to go for early morning. Right now they pretty much go up when I’m done writing them, which can be any time of day!
As part of this tour, we are asked to invite three other bloggers to join in. I was only able to find two that could participate, and I’d like to tell you just a little about them:
Meet Ann who writes the blog “Pawsitively Pets”. Ann is trained as a Veterinary Technician and has worked in that field, though right now she is a stay at home Mom and a successful blogger! Ann lives in Texas with her two adorable daughters, her dog Shiner, and her two new additions to her family, dumbo- eared rats named Gus and Jack. Ann writes many informative posts about pet health, using her experience as a vet tech. She also writes product reviews and does a lot of great giveaways (I’ve won a few times on her blog). Ann has a strong interest in exotic pets and her blog is the place to go to learn more about many varieties of pets, not just dogs and cats. Click here to visit her wonderful blog!
Meet Gina and Oz who write the blog “Oz the Terrier”. Gina and I have become friends through co-hosting the WOOF (Working Out Our Fears) blog hop, sharing our stories and ideas for helping our reactive dogs. Oz is a cairn terrier mix and he lives in Florida with his Mom and his Daddy-dog (as he calls him). Oz and Gina are very active, love the outdoors, and share their adventures hiking, biking, camping and boating. Oz is also a poet, and shares some very funny limericks on the blog. Please click here to visit them!