This was our first blog ever and we didn’t really know what we were doing when we started. Our vision was just to share our hiking stories with the world. People are always surprised to see our weiner dogs, with their little legs, out on the trail.
We aren’t just talking about a casual stroll in the woods either. Chester has hiked 15 miles up and over a mountain pass. Gretel’s hiking career is young but she can finish a steep 3-mile hike and looks at me like “when do we start the hard stuff?” when we get back to the car.
We started this blog by posting once a week but along the way we have expanded to posting 5 days a week. To date, we have reached 8,400 all-time views. We had 254 views on our busiest day so far. Early on we started a Facebook Fan Page and we have watched it grow from 0 to 260 fans. We see all of this as a great success and appreciate each and every person who has taken the time to check us out and “like” our Facebook page.
Along our blogging journey we have learned that we have other things to share besides just the stories of our hikes, as entertaining as they might be. We want to get the word out about what great hiking partners small dogs can make (many people don’t give the credit they deserve) and the importance of exercise for you and your dog. We even started The Adventureweiner Club of Seattle(TM) to encourage other Doxie owners to get their dogs outside to play.
We have watched our reader numbers steadily grow and we are excited and thankful that some of the people like us enough to subscribe. We have made many bloggy friends along the way and look forward to making more. We look forward to another 6 months of growth, new friends and fun.
We started this blog last fall when the days were short and the weather was cold. Summer is here now (almost) and the sunshine beckons us outside. In the Northwest you have to take advantage of it while it is here because it is cloudy, gray and drizzley 9 months out of the year.
I suspect we are not the only ones having a hard time balancing outside play with time spent in the blogging world. I notice everyone’s post comments are down this time of year and some bloggers are posting less. We are going to try to do our best but make no apologies for spending more time outdoors instead of on the computer. Hey, at least it will give us more blog post material 🙂
For example, this is a 3-day weekend. In the winter I would be able to spend about 12 hours in blogland. This summer weekend you will find us heading out on a hike with Chester and Gretel and competing on a relay team for the Ski to Sea,a multi-sport adventure race that starts at the top of one of Washington’s highest peaks and ends at sea level. Once we get back Monday we will be tired and will have to unpack so I only see room for about 2 hours on the computer.
So if you don’t see us as often it is because we are out having fun. We hope you are too. What are your plans for the weekend?