Today is not technically our blogiversary, but I couldn’t let this one go by without acknowledging it! The blog went live on August 21st, 2012 with a “Welcome”, but my first real post wasn’t until September 1st . Tomorrow is someone’s birthday, so I wanted to do this post today so I could focus on Miss Cricket on her special day.
Today is our 615th post! I started out with 2-3 posts per week, but after about three months upped it to four (now we do 5-6). I hit it hard my second month in by writing a series on puppy mills, which had 6 parts in about a month. I think that burnt me out on the more serious animal welfare posts, I was sad by the end of that series though I had intended to go further. At that point I shifted gears to mostly fun and personal posts and that’s where I’ve stayed. I do still like to do some animal welfare posts, but I learned that just wasn’t my strong suit, and also that that might not be what my readers were looking for (all the time). Most people don’t want to be overwhelmed with sad topics, even though we do need to make people aware. My thought is that for the most part, if you’re writing a pet blog, you’re preaching to the choir anyway.
Now we focus more on fun, fitness, product reviews, and health. Since Luke came along we do a lot more training and that’s become a common topic for us too. I think we’ve found where we want to be.
I waffle back and forth as to whether I feel I’m successful at this, but that’s my personality and I don’t want to focus on that today. Other than the times I feel overwhelmed with the social media and marketing aspects of it all, I am still enjoying this and I think I’ve found a pretty good balance of how blogging fits into my life. I won’t go on and on about that….my blog is “for the love of pets” and I prefer to focus on them, not me.
When I started the blog we had four dogs and two cats. Now, just three years later, we are down to three dogs and one cat, and we added one dog in that time. It seems like a lot to have lost three pets in just three years, not an average I want to continue. In the beginning Moses, Kobi, and Conrad were big parts of the blog and each one is sorely missed. But the current “crew” (seen in the upper right sidebar) keeps us busy and happy!
In spite of Luke’s “issues” (reactivity) he has added a lot to our family, and one thing I love about having the blog is that what he’s added shines through here. In reality, Luke is fearful of strangers; but the most loving, smart, and wonderful dog with us. You couldn’t come to our house and have him accept you immediately, but through the blog I can show you his loving side. That is such a plus for me! The most difficult thing I find about having a reactive dog is that everyone in my life doesn’t see the wonderful dog he is – they only see a barking, fearful dog. We continue to work on his issues and hope to report big improvements someday.
This year was the first year that I attended the BlogPaws pet blogging conference and I definitely feel like that has helped me immensely, and was a great experience. It made me feel like I’ve become far more serious about this. Plus it was just so much fun to meet many people (and pets) that I only knew online (though I still have a lot more to meet yet!). My hubby was fond in the past of telling me that online friends weren’t “real” but he hasn’t said that since I went to the conference!
Photos weren’t the highlight of my blog when I started, but I’ve tried to improve my photography and part of the reason I re-did my blog this last year was to highlight photos better. So for my third blogiversary, I have bought myself a gift: a new DSLR camera! With help of friends in the Pet Blogger Support Group on Facebook and my brother-in-law (a part time professional photographer), I have a Nikon D5500 on its way and hope to have it this week! My regular readers have seen me lamenting my camera and photography, especially when we do the #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge. I just hope my problems turn out to be the equipment and not the operator!
The camera is also a gift to the dogs and Sam who are probably tired of me trying to get them to sit still while my old, slower than death DSLR tries to focus or flash, and listening to the common curse “stupid piece of junk camera!” (I G-rated that for the blog) while using it; and while sitting at the computer and being disappointed with the photos that appear in front of me (why do they look good on the camera or phone, but so crappy on the computer?). Luke has this sweet way of coming running over to kiss me when I’m at my computer swearing, whether it’s photos or just computer stuff irritating me. Again, his very sweet side.
OK, I’ve rambled on enough! This has been my way of saying “Happy 3rd Blogiversary” to the crew, and I hope we have many more! Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who has followed us from the very beginning (mostly family and close friends) and those who have become our friends along the way….we couldn’t do it without you!