Holy Crap! I was hesitant to put my feelings and concerns out on the table and ask you to be our Compass. It turned out the response, insight and support I received was overwhelming. I almost couldn’t respond as fast as the comments were coming in.
I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who took time to share your thoughts. I learned a great deal from you.
I learned that I should continue to share what I am passionate about and not worry so much about the details. If I follow my passion it will attract the people that want to share that passion with me and find value in the things I have to say.
I learned that hiking, fitness for your small dog and sharing our travel adventures are really three different angles on the same subject – small dogs doing things that people might not expect.
I am most passionate about health and fitness for small dogs but even athletes need their down time to travel. I enjoy sharing our adventures with you.
I learned that what I have been doing is working. I heard from a few of you that our stories inspire you to try new things and get out and be active. Some of you said that you share our blog with other small dog owners to show them that their dogs are not fragile, “non-dogs” and that they can enjoy many of the same things that bigger dogs do. THAT is our ultimate goal and it feels good to know that we ARE making a difference out there.
You also reinforced something I learned along my journey as a blogger. People want more photos! I started out only using one or two photos per post. The horror, I know. Now I sometimes have a hard time keeping it under 10 🙂 All of your encouragement to post photos has helped me justify spending more money on camera gear. I am not sure my Fiance will that you for that one though. Ha, ha.
Since a big part of what you come for are the pictures I don’t feel bad about posting just photos on the days I don’t feel inspired to write 🙂
Most importantly, you encouraged me to be myself! That is the most generous gift you can give someone. We all want to be accepted and appreciated for our unique personality and view on the world. THANK YOU for giving me that gift.
Our friends over at 2BrownDawgs echoed my dream by saying ” you need to quit your job and just go on all kinds of hikes and take tons of pictures. :)”. That would be amazing. If I could spend every day hiking, traveling and playing with Chester and Gretel I would.
I could write even more great stores and post even more great pictures. So, if any of my independently wealthy readers want to support my dream by paying me 75k a year to blog that would be awesome. Ha, ha. For now I will just have to settle for sponsored ads to compensate me for the 35+ hours a spend a week working on this thing.
One of my biggest takeaways here is the confirmation that I should share of my feelings with you. I lean toward the analytical. The overwhelming response to my post reaffirmed for me that you want to read stuff you can relate to and connect. I want connection too. I think all of this will come across more if I take off the training wheels and start putting more unrestrained heart into my writing.
Have no fear, we will continue to share our adventure stories and photos. First and foremost, that is what we are about. I don’t expect who we are to change much but we do hope to grow into a better version of ourselves.
Thank You. Jessica, Chester and Gretel.