The link code for the Pet Blogger Challenge created by Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me and Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly is closed. I’m still reading blogs and and trying to comment on as many as possible. It’s been fun. And a lot of work too.
The time for reflection has been useful and I’m learning a lot. I thought it would be good to make a record of some of the things I learned while they’re still fresh in my mind.
- Most bloggers are not making money from their blogs. And quite a few folks expressed ambivalence about making money or concerns about integrity. Note to the bloggers who are making income–another (passive) income stream might be to publish a tip sheet on creating income from your blog and selling it to fellow pet bloggers for a small fee.
I’m not the only one who relies on cute puppy pictures to keep people from getting bored with too much text.
- I was curious about how much editing bloggers did so I sneakily added a question about it to my answers. It appears that (as expected) the professional writers and people for whom blogging produces income or supports income-making activities write in advance and edit and polish their work.
- Therefore (see above), I should assume I’ll be writing and polishing my posts for the forthcoming Hands on Home Buyer blog (coming Monday, January 17 to a computer near you!).
- There are some wonderful writers out there.
- Several bloggers identified themselves as introverts and said that their blogs gave them a safe place to connect with people.
- As an extrovert, I’d never be able to spend so much time writing if there wasn’t immediate feedback from readers (and thank you; your comments keep me going).
- Speaking of comments, I learned as much reading them as I did reading the original challenge post.
- I learned that KenzoHW lives in Denmark but is actually Dutch (by reading comments). So he’s at least tri-lingual and now I’m even more embarrassed by my lack of lingual accomplishments than ever. (Maybe I should rewrite that. It sounds like I’m confessing that I’m a bad kisser, not that I am only fluent in English. Oh well. Editing, schmediting. I yam what I yam.)
- And speaking of writing in a second language, I also got to meet Miki from Japan who writes about training blind dogs. I wish Miki and her blog had been around when Agatha got cataracts.
A handful of bloggers said they liked the challenge of solving technical problems.
- Many more called the technical work their least favorite part of blogging. (Note to tech folks–another income stream idea; charge a small fee to solve a discrete problems via email.)
- A few bloggers expressed dismay at dealing with cliquish mentalities online or nasty comments.
- Many more talked about the friendships they had found and their enjoyment of the blogging community.
- Reading even enjoyable, funny, enlightening, touching and interesting blog posts and commenting on them is a lot of work. I think it will take me the rest of the week to visit everyone.
- I need to update my blogroll to show all the blogs I’ve added to my reader in the past 2 days.
- I’ve got to get on Twitter. I’m very disappointed that Something Wagging is too long for a user name and I’m considering other options. Suggestions? Comment here.
- It sounds like some neat people are planning to be at BlogPaws and I should probably go too. I’m a little self-conscious about the fact that I’m not nearly as funny and interesting as I seem on this blog. *
- Although I learned much more than this from reading the past two days, I also learned that even I can get tired of hearing myself talk (or reading myself typing?).
I would have loved to do a post with lots of links to other folks who said neat things on their blogs or made interesting comments ( remember, links are currency online). But I’m still a bit overwhelmed by the mass of information and I would never have done justice to all the things that were said. You’ll just have to hop around to discover it for yourself.
Thanks again to Edie and Amy for setting this up. And to Kim for creating the nifty badge that made it easy to find the fellow challenge takers.
* There are two possible replies:
- “Don’t worry, Pam. You’re not that funny and interesting on the blog, either.” or
- “We’re sure you’re just as funny. Of course, looks aren’t everything.”