PORTRAIT OF A BLOGGER
Blogging imparts so many lessons upon us. We learn about ourselves, our subjects, and how to share and communicate effectively. We begin to write from within the comfort of who we are — and how we dress when nobody is looking. (Polka-dot fleece pants, anyone?)
MY 7 LINKS!
1.) My most beautiful post:
Whistler, the Barred Owl
Visited by this magnificent being on several wintery days, the prose of my experience flowed through my keys with the slightest effort. Perching so close to the house, the owl never wavered as I brought out the big lens and stole moments of statuary poses. In tremendous awe, I learned that there is nothing more exciting than experiencing this owl for myself, aside from sharing that experience with others.
2.) My most popular post:
I’d like to think that this post’s popularity is due to the gravity of animal overpopulation issues, the contrasting hilarity with which these issues are presented by the HelpJoey.com campaign, and our own video contribution to Joey’s comedic collection. All have merit, to be sure, but I’ve learned that internet perverts searching for “animal sex” also rank prominently in these stats. And that’s okay. Perverts should spay and neuter too. Especially perverts, actually.
3.) My most controversial post:
Initially, in support of this campaign, I partook to help rescue animals. Immediately after posting, I received upsetting reports about the food’s quality. I wrote a retraction and listed questions resulting from the issues I saw. This post, and others like it, raised a good deal of awareness within the pet blogger community, alerting people that poor quality products should not be promoted through the exploitation of rescue animals or the good will of bloggers. This awareness did not come without contention, and the subject is still touchy for some.
4.) My most helpful post:
I had always valued breeders as voices of authority, as experts, and dog lovers. When I saw a documentary about the physical horrors created for dogs through extreme breeding, I had to know more and to share what I learned. It is difficult to imagine that harmful aesthetics are valued more than health in the dog breeding world. This was not only eye-opening for me, but for many others who reached out to me and shared it after reading it for themselves.
5.) A post whose success surprised me:
We announced in our 2009 holiday letter that it would be our last for the sake of the environment. Instead, I made this holiday video greeting for family and friends, sharing our household traditions and love for each other (human, domestic pets and wildlife). The response was phenomenal from people within our circles and even came from far beyond! I’ve since learned that there’s no going back to postal greetings now. Our family won’t allow it. Not that we’d want to.
6.) A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved:
Kittens pose as villains in this ghoulish, garish telling of my childhood nightmare. This Halloween themed post was so much fun to write, and the video so much fun to produce, I wish more people would have dropped by to enjoy it the way I did. The lesson learned here is geared more towards timing. Last October, posting on a Thursday didn’t yield much traffic for this budding Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogger.
7.) A post that I am most proud of:
This 5-part series tracks the known history of a rescue dog named Georgia as told by the many people who breezed in and out of her life. Following each of Georgia’s turning points was most rewarding, from the impact Hurricane Katrina, to moving from state to state, to life as a foster, and finally finding a loving home to call her own before she died. I learned so much about what a rescue dog goes through, even when supported by loving people.
AND I PASS THE 7 LINKS TORCH TO…
- Kristine Tonks at Rescued Insanity
- Pup Fan at I Still Want More Puppies
- Mary Haight at the Dancing Dog Blog
- Hillary Lane of Fang Shui Canines
- Shauna Stewart of Fido and Wino