It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.
You know what I’m talking about—the winter holidays.
I love candles, Christmas trees, latkes, giving gifts, cookies, watching Miracle on 34th Street, and knowing that the days will start getting longer soon.
I hate the shopping mall, people complaining because they feel pressured to overdo it, bad holiday movies, and jerks who call Christians a persecuted majority because I say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
So let’s take a step back from the craziness.
Let’s use these darkest days of the year* to be kind to each other. To accept a little encouragement. And to remember what’s really important in life.
Last year, 50 pet bloggers joined the fun. This year, with the help of my awesome co-host, Pup Fan of I Still Want More Puppies, it will be even bigger.
Here’s how it works: People who share their love of animals either in a blog or through social media will be paired with each other. Anytime during the month of December, you will encourage your gift exchange partner by featuring their work. You can write a blog post about them, pin their best articles to a Pinterest board, feature them on your Facebook page, whatever you want.
Your partner will do the same for you.
Last year, Pup Fan was paired with Jodi of Kol’s Notes. Pup Fan dedicated one of her awesome link posts to Kol’s Notes. And Jodi created a Pinterest board of 25 of Pup Fan’s best posts. Isn’t that fabulous? Don’t you want to do it too?
I guarantee you’ll feel encouraged and appreciated. You’ll feel good for making someone else feel special. And it won’t cost you a dime.
To sign up, enter your name, email, blog address, and social media accounts in the Rafflecopter below. Once I’ve matched you with a gift exchange partner, I’ll send you an email with your partner’s information so you can get started.
Link your Pet Blogger Gift Exchange to the linky tool I’ll set up on December 1 so everyone can see it. At the end of the gift exchange, one of you will be chosen at random to win a beautiful prize—a handmade mola from a Kuna Yala artisan in Panama.
Need some inspiration? Read about where the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange came from and read last year’s gifts (posts).
Now let’s get started:
- Grab the badge.
- Enter your information in the Rafflecopter.
- You’ll receive your partner’s information by December 1.
- Post and link.
*Yes, it’s summer for you folks in the southern hemisphere. You’re welcome to join in the fun, as long as you don’t rub it in that you’re spending days at the beach and walking around barefoot.