Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.
When Honey and I are walking, I’ll occasionally pick up a stick from our path to play a quick game of tug or fetch. It keeps things interesting and ensures Honey is never quite sure what I’m going to do next.
The funny thing is that no matter how much she loves playing with sticks, not every one I choose is good enough to get her interested. She’s a choosey pup. For Honey, it’s all about quality.
I enjoy blogging as much as Honey enjoys playing with sticks.
But sometimes I make the mistake of looking at some other blog’s subscriber count or page hits and I make myself feel bad for not generating a bigger audience for Something Wagging This Way Comes.
Oh, and writing two blogs? Double the bad feelings.
But then I sit down and read all the great comments on my posts and I’m thankful for the smart, insightful, and kind people who do stop by.
I don’t have many cutesy comments that could have been made on any post on any blog. I get emails and comments that reflect on what I’ve written and make me think.
And when I visit the blogs of my friends, I laugh and cry and ponder what I read. Sometimes for days. I feel so privileged to belong to a community of such honest, striving, and thoughtful people.
And it’s not like everyone is writing serious, high-minded posts every day that will change the world. But they change my world. Because they show how much great bloggers care about their animals and their readers.
So it’s time to take a lesson from Honey and realize that not every
stick reader is the same. And that having a few thoughtful readers is better than having thousands of blasé readers (or worse, mean readers like you see on some of the huge websites).
And if you’re reading this now: thank you for helping Honey teach me something new.