This past year feels like it drug along. When I recap it in my mind though it feels like a blink in time. I have been doing some reflecting lately about this blog and I thought I would share with you what the 10 most popular blog posts were for 2013.
And THE #1 blog post of 2013 was…
So what does this tell me?
Well, first, I am not the only one out there that doesn’t brush my dog’s teeth. My personal experience out there in the dog world actually told me that a long time ago. There are “the best ways” to do things and then “the best we can do”. I don’t think it is realistic for pet parents to expect themselves to do the absolute best, all of the time. Really, I think we all do some “best” and some “good enough” and no two dog owners have the same habits that work for them. I am willing to bet that most of our readers are taking better than average care of their pets and that is a good thing in my book.
Not surprisingly, a good number of our fans (if not the majority) are Dachshund owners or fans. I love all dogs but Dachshunds are what I end up writing about most because, well, that is what I own. My intention has always been to share Chester and Gretel’s stories while entertaining you, teaching you something new, or giving you a new way to look at things.
It also tells me that at least some of you hike (or want to). Yay! I love Chester and Gretel to the moon and back but hiking was my first love. If I did not have such a great love for hiking, I never would have taken Chester out into the woods and discovered that he loves it as much as I do….and started this blog. I’ve always wanted to make hiking with your dog a significant part of what this blog is. I am happy that other people like that part too.
So I asked myself, is this what I want the blog to be known for? For the most part I can say yes.
I would like to talk a little more about the grand adventures of other hiking dogs (not just Dachshunds, and of all sizes). I will admit that I am not sure how you, our readers, would feel about that. Maybe you only come here because I write about Dachshunds? I just think that a lot of what we have to share applies to dogs of all sizes.
I would like to write more about hiking tips for both dogs AND pet parents. Our adventure stories have always been, and always will be, the center of our blog. I don’t want that to change. However, I want to share more tips and products that make hiking with your dog more enjoyable, safe and fun.
In my mind, it’s just as important to address things for dogs as it is for the people hiking with them. I want to take the product reviews beyond those for dogs (although that will be the majority of them) to things like backpacks, shoes, clothes and gear for people. Again, I am not sure how you guys would feel about that since the blog has been primarily dog-centric to this point.
I would like to know your thoughts. Every post I write is for you guys and I want to make sure this blog can grow while still keeping the core of what keeps you coming back. It would help me if you could leave a comment about your favorite parts of the blog and anything else you would like to see (and, maybe even more importantly, what you DON’T want to see).
Jessica, Chester and Gretel