I came back from BlogPaws feeling inspired and with a lot of new ideas. I am not sure which fork in the road we should take though. I have so many possible directions running around in my head that I can’t make sense of them.
Like most bloggers, I originally started this blog to share our hiking and adventure stories with friends and family. I also had a dream of showing the world that small dogs, and specifically Dachshunds, were often underestimated but capable of so much more.
Over time, my vision became “being THE resource for hiking with small dogs” – offering tips, advice and related product reviews for those who hike, or want to start hiking, with their small dog. I found that although there are several resources out there for hiking with your dog, NONE of them addressed the needs of small dogs specifically.
I headed off in that direction but my self-doubt started dampening my motivation to write. I started telling myself that no one is interested in that stuff. I told myself that people enjoyed seeing US go on grand hiking adventures but they wanted to live vicariously through us, not do it themselves. I felt like maybe all of my blood, sweat and tears was falling of deaf “eyes”.
I started focusing more on our adventure stories and reviews again.
Underlying everything on our blog all along has been the importance of exercise for your small dog and how your small dog can be a great workout partner for you. I even wrote a couple of specific post on the subject. One of my most popular posts so far has been “How Many Calories Do You Burn Walking Your Dog?”.
I am passionate about hiking AND pet health but I feel like the topic of health is more accessible to our readers.
So I came back from BlogPaws with the desire to renew my focus. The problem is I am not sure what specifically I should focus ON. There is no doubt that I will keep sharing our adventure stories and photos with you. I am not sure what else I should write about though.
Do I keep my focus on hiking with your small dog? If I do that, I see expanding to write Seattle-area trail reviews from a small dog’s perspective.
Do I start to focus more on the importance of exercise for you and your dog and keep the “hiking tips” as only one part of the equation? Do I focus more on the importance of exercise for YOU or YOUR DOG? Which is more inspiring and motivating for you?
We would love it if you could give us some honest feedback. We appreciate the perspective of our readers that have been following us for a long time and watching us grow. We need to hear our newer readers tell us what attracted them to our blog. We need to know what keeps you coming back.
Most importantly (because I meant that I needed honesty), I need you to tell me what you DON’T like about our blog. Does something bore you? Does something turn you off and make you click away?
Your comments will act like a magnet, aligning all of my ideas to point in one direction. Hopefully you come back to see where we headed off to (both literally and figuratively).
Thanks! Jessica, Chester and Gretel.