I woke up this morning and said some very bad words to myself and to Frankie, who doesn’t take it personally when I curse.
The problem? I had promised to post two runner up winners to my Is Your Dog Boring You? contest, and realized that I couldn’t — really, didn’t want to — chose after all. The selections were too close in quality (all high). I knew and liked too many of the participants, whether in person or on line, and I didn’t want to offend any of them.
Blah, blah, blah.
But I had promised. And I take my commitment to my blog and its readers seriously.
Then in my email inbox — yes, that’s how I prefer to receive blogs, because my RSS feeds overwhelm me — I found a great post by my pal Amy Burkert at GoPetFriendly.com. Called Bullied by the Blog, it explores letting an obligation to blog take the place of enjoying the experiences that she and Rod might eventually blog about.
I’m not quite in the same position as Rod and Amy are, because the lines between my paid day job as a writer and my unpaid day job as a blogger are far more blurred (sometimes too closely for comfort, but that’s another story).
Still, it led me to try to crystallize the larger questions that have been nagging at me lately: Whether I was being driven by my blog, rather than vice versa; what I wanted out of blogging; and whether I was getting it. I mentioned this to Amy in the comments section of her post and we agreed that it would be fun to put together some questions along these lines to pose to other pet bloggers.
So… Amy and I will hammer out the questions. If you think you’d be interested in answering them as part of an end-of-the-year or early-next year blogfest introspective/retrospective, give a holler below.
And I’ll get to that contest, in one form or another. Probably. But definitely not today.
Take that, blog!
12/18 Update: I’m hoping that some of the pet bloggers on The Saturday Blog Hop will join in. We’d love to know how you all feel about blogging and whether there are things you’d like to change about your blog — and your blogging — in the new year.
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