In toddlers, the terrible tows are defined by the testing of limits, frequent mood changes and temper tantrums.There haven’t been any fits (yet) but we are starting to test our limits.
The first step was my commitment to the “30 Days of Imperfection” blog challenge. During the challenge, one of the limits I am testing is “how imperfect can a blog post be before I publish it”. I am not going out of the way to see how crappy of a post I can write and have people still read it (although that might be fun. I have seen a similar credit card signature prank before).
We are being moody too.
For most of the first two years I knew where the blog was going. Notably, we started out sharing our amazing and unexpected (because of Chester and Gretel’s size) adventures. But, honestly, trying to go on amazing adventure after amazing adventure so we would have something to write about go exhausting.
I needed more to write about so I decided that I was going to fill the gap of information out there about hiking with your small dogs. However, I found trying to primarily write “instruction” posts on where and how to hike with your small dog dry and limiting.
Underlying it all was the desire to inspire others to get out and get active with their small dog as part of the process of getting healthy.
That message can show up in a lot of ways. I have learned that merely writing about what we do and how we do it is inspirational and “instructing” enough. I have learned that people relate and respond most to fun and humorous stories. Some people read our blog to learn how to do something but mostly they come to be entertained.
My new goal is to maintain our core message while writing in a more spontaneous rather than calculated way. I don’t know what that is going to look like. I am going to try a lot of things this next year and see what feels right. You may see our mood go from excited, to serious, to silly and even to sad sometimes.
Through blogging, I have grown by leaps and bounds these last couple of years. My pet-community “knowledge world” has grown exponentially. I discovered that I actually DO have a creative bone in my body. I became dissatisfied with my current career direction and, for good or for bad, I wouldn’t have thought outside of that box if I had not started blogging. Finally, I decided to launch a career that will make the world a better place through the use of social media.
I still have nuts and bolts goals and strategy stuff I want to do this year related to our blog. I am saving up those ideas for the 2013 Pet Blogger Challenge though!
What I want most for our birthday is to hear from YOU. I want to know what keeps you coming back or maybe what keeps you from coming back so often. I would love to know what features and subjects make you want to read our whole post or make you close your browser window as soon as you open it. I want to know if you have any “behind the scenes” burning questions that I haven’t talked about yet.
Feel free to let lose – we listen to every comment and take what you have to say to heart.