The dog behind the blogPosted: July 7, 2014
My husky cousins over at Love is Being Owned by a Husky invited me to join in The Writing Process Blog Tour which aims to share our blogging experiences with each other.
The idea is that I answer 3 questions and then nominate a few blogs to do the same. But as mummy helps me to write my blog, I thought I’d give the floor to her this time.
What am I working on?
Trying to keep my head above water lol! Blogging is a constant balancing act: I work full time, I have a messy husband and a big bouncy dog who gets jealous if I’m on the laptop too much. And I (very occasionally) have a social life. Trying to fit in blogging around everything that is going on is tough at times. But it’s all good fun and I’m not in a hurry to give it up.
In terms of forthcoming posts, Zaki (Misaki) and I are working on a review of some doggy biscuits, which I hope you’ll like, she certainly does! Ages ago I started a mini-me feature which I abandoned, but hoping to pick that up again, and also planning to do some more Sunday walk posts. We really need to spend more time on twitter and facebook as well. Too much to do, too little time!
Why do I write what I do?
I started the blog as a kind of diary following Zaki’s journey to adulthood. I thought my friends would get annoyed with me constantly posting on fb so I decided a blog would be a better fit. I knew next to nothing about blogging when I started and, although I hoped other people would read and identity with what I had to say, my expectations were quite low. I have some regular followers and commenters now (who I am very grateful for), but I still try to write for myself, or rather Zaki does – it’s her blog after all! I try to put myself in her place, try to pick out the things that would interest her, and hopefully manage to keep your interest too. I try not to take it too seriously. For the most part I just hope a few pictures of her beautiful face make up for all the things my blog lacks.
How does my writing process work?
I used to write spontaneously, sometimes knocking a post together during my morning commute to work, and would reply to comments during my lunchbreak. I’d even sneak around the blogs I read when I got a quiet moment – yes, I had a cushie job! With Zaki around there is always something to say. On the average walk she’d make a new friend, run off to chase squirrels and eat things she shouldn’t. The only issue was taking photos quick enough to catch whatever was going on. And as I would walk her just before leaving for work it would be fresh in my mind when I put it into a post.
But recently I’ve changed jobs. I now have a very small commute which is great, but it’s difficult to blog during the day as I used to. I now try to plan what I’m posting for the week in advance to free up time in the evenings to read the blogs I subscribe to – although I always seem to be chasing my tail on that side of things! Forward planning is good in a way, it means my posts aren’t as fresh and I don’t always get the chance to join in some events going on in Blogville. It’s a constant balancing act. I’m hoping one day I’ll figure out the perfect solution. Or perhaps I’ll win the lottery so I can quit my job and become a full-time blogger:-)
Now I’ve shared my experience, I’d like to nominate my bunny buddy Speedy to give you an insight into his blog.
And also the lovely Ann from My Pawsitively Pets
I hope you’ll pop by to read them.
If any of you would like to join in too, please do!