With thanks to Rebekah at My Rotten Dogs for the nomination and kind words, here are some thoughts about the secondary, quiet life of this particular dog blogger.
Truthfully, not much, by way of dog blogging. I’ve been feeling somewhat bereft of good ideas lately, and I’m hoping this is just a season that will pass. I have three dog book reviews in the docket, however, which I am looking forward to. In my real life, I’m a voracious reader, and so I always enjoy the opportunity to combine dogs and books, my two chief interests.
Why do I write what I do?
I started this blog in May 2011, a year before we adopted Pyrrha, with a dual purpose: (1) to chronicle my journey in learning everything I could about dogs before we got one of our own, and (2) to save my marriage, because my husband was sick of me talking about dogs night and day. Ha! The blog has proven to be a fun, fruitful endeavor, and I’m thankful for all of you — the community of dog bloggers. You have been so consistently helpful, supportive, and encouraging. I continue to write because my enthusiasm for dogs has not dimmed — and because our girls provide plenty of challenges and blogging fodder.
How does my writing process work?
Ideas will often come to me throughout the week, and I’ll start a draft post with some notes. I love WordPress (and I find it far superior to Blogger, having used both platforms), and I find its functionality very helpful to my drafting and organizing process. Taking photos of particular dog events, outings, and play-dates often serve as motivation to create a post, too. I need to do a better job of using my DSLR; since I got an iPhone, I’ve become increasingly lazy about “real” photography and have tended to rely on my phone.
I’d love to hear from you, fellow dog bloggers: How do you stay inspired and motivated with your blog? How do you pull yourself out of the inevitable ruts?