We haven’t sunk the boat. Honey is fit and happy. And I haven’t forgotten how to write.
What better reason to update my much-neglected blog than to join the 7th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge?
I’m Not Sexy Enough For My Blog
Been struggling to get back to blogging.
Had a down period over the summer. By the time I felt good enough to write again, I felt ashamed and embarrassed about neglecting my community.
Oh, and then I broke two fingers trying to push a 13,000 pound boat off a fuel dock on a windy day. Stupid. But another blog post.
But I haven’t missed a Pet Blogger Challenge in 7 years and I’m not about to start now.
7th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge Questions
When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?
I started Something Wagging This Way Comes the day before we picked Honey up to live with us in March 2010.
It’s a place to contain my musings on dogs and our relationships with them. I write about any topic that strikes my fancy as long as I can link it in some way with dogs.
And I can relate just about any topic, no matter how far out, to dogs.
Since we moved full-time onto our 34 foot sailboat, I’ve also written about our travels and what it’s like to live on a very small boat with a large, furry dog.
What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?
Can’t say I have much to be proud of since this is my first post since June 1. But I was proud that, at least for a while, I continued writing even while traveling on our boat.
Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
I was fond of Maybe Your Dog Doesn’t Have To Be Fearless.
People who read Something Wagging are amazing.
Many have adopted dogs with challenging behaviors. Some train their dogs to be therapy pups. But everyone wants to give their dogs the best life possible.
As a result, they (you) often put a lot of pressure on themselves (yourselves) to do everything perfect. I’m always happy to remind folks that doing your best is often good enough. It’s a theme I come back to often.
Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?
Sorry. I did absolutely nothing.
Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? (Please include a link.) Have you noticed any themes across your most popular posts?
Poop happens. So of course my most popular post was What Do You Do After You Scoop The Poop?
What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog? (Please include a link.)
Every pet blog inspires me. It’s amazing that so many wonderful and talented people gift their ideas to the world.
But I have a special place in my heart for 24 Paws of Love.
24 Paws of Love is so beautiful and honest. It has given me a lot more courage to speak up about challenges I’ve faced. And for that I’m very thankful.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?
You might be surprised to know that I passionately love blogging (despite my recent neglect).
Heck, I even walked over a mile in sub-freezing weather to get internet at the library so I could join the hop today.
What you don’t know about my dog Honey is that she’s very protective for a golden retriever. Why else would she want to sample all our food before we eat it if we wasn’t looking out for poison-wielding assassins?
What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?
I was pleased to find that even without regular posting, my visitors have not dropped off.
Yes, I would have grown more readers if I had posted daily. But years of work doesn’t go up in a poof just because you take a break.
What would you like to accomplish on your blog in 2017?
You’ll see that I’ve started implementing a fresh new look that a friend designed for me. But it’s half done and kind of hinky looking.
I hope to get things looking pretty again soon and get back to a regular writing schedule.
Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
I’d really like to focus more on our boat life. Would you find it interesting to learn about what it’s like to live and travel full-time on a sailboat?
So that was my 7th Pet Blogger Hop.
Thank you to Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly for organizing and hosting the blog for so many years.
And thank you to everyone reading this for not forgetting us while we were gone.