We’re coming to the end of another year and I feel low as I always do.
Rather than look inward or look back, I’ve decided to look outward at you, the reader.
Who are you? Are you a typical Something Wagging This Way Comes reader?
What I know about my readers:
You can learn a lot by looking at your statistics and Alexa rankings. And you can learn even more by reading comments and following back to other blogs.
I know that
You have two x chromosomes.
Yep, women are overwhelmingly the audience for Something Wagging. No wonder my husband likes guest posting so much. He just laps up female attention.
I think I should spread the word that men looking for female company of the animal-loving variety should start hanging out here. Especially if they want to meet brainy women.
You’re very smart.
And, no, not just because you read Something Wagging.
I first suspected you were a brainy bunch by reading your comments. I may not have the most comments of any dog blog out there but I get the smartest comments. I can’t tell you how many times a post has been improved by the smart thoughtful remarks made by the readers. It happens both with the silly posts and the serious ones.
But it’s also because, according to Alexa: “Relative to the general internet population, people who went to graduate school are overrepresented at somethingwagging.com”
I’ve compared Something Wagging to other blogs I admire and have never seen the same reference to grad school.
Your animals are smart too.
And if you asked me, I’d tell you I wasn’t too interested in reading blogs where people write as their dogs or cats. And yet….
Some of my favorite blogs feature animals writing posts. They’re so witty and clever that they’re the exception that proves the rule. Can you guess which ones I’m talking about?
- Tales and Tails when Bunny takes over the keyboard. (Scroll down to see Bunny’s and the other dogs’ resolutions.)
- Kol’s Notes when Kolchak the Puggle takes Mama Jodi to task for some new infraction.
- Rumpy Dog when June Buggie goes on one of her rants. Luckily she ended the year on an encouraging note.
According to my analytics, you’re not goofing off at work reading my blog. You wait until you get home.
Unless, of course, you’re reading Something Wagging on your smart phone while you’re pretending to work. But no, my traffic numbers are definitely higher at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
You tolerate and even encourage omphaloskepsis.
My most popular feature is the weekly Puppiness Project in which I
shamelessly steal from am inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. The Puppiness Project is a vehicle for reflecting on my own quirks while watching Honey for lessons on being a better human.
I’ve always gotten a good response to it.
But two friends of Something Wagging have made navel gazing an community event.
Answer back about who you are.
I’ve speculated about friends of Something Wagging. But you can put the record straight by participating in the Pet Blogger’s Challenge sponsored by Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly and Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me.
On January 10, all the participants will answer a series of questions on their blog. A linky list will enable us to visit everyone who participates and check out their answers.
Since this is the second year, Amy and Edie have one set of questions for newbies and another set of questions for people who joined in last year. Oh, and they’re also asking you to link to last year’s post if you’re an alum.
This is a fun chance to set the record straight and share a little bit about the blogger behind the blog. I enjoyed participating last year and look forward to learning more about all the new bloggers I’ve met this year.
Happy New Year from Something Wagging This Way Comes!