It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I started this blog, on April 12, 2009. Whenever I’m tempted to think that I’m not where I wanted to be at this point, which is fairly often, I remind myself of a few things:
- I had no clear idea of where I wanted to be, so it’s kind of unrealistic to beat myself up for not being there. It’s a bit like saying, I’m only in California, not very far from Arizona, when I didn’t save up for a trip to Paris or book a flight.
- I’ve done what a vast majority of beginning bloggers don’t manage to do: lasted a year.
- I’ve been invited to speak at BlogPaws, the first pet blogger’s conference — coming up this weekend! — which suggests some pretty impressive people have been reading this blog.
So I’m thinking I’ve been doing something — or at least some things — right. And that’s a good basis for vowing to do better next year and, especially, to hone my focus. If any regular readers have some thoughts about what they’d like to see more of (or less of) here, I’d love to know.
In the meantime, I’m looking back. The first incarnation of my blog was based on an alternate title for my book, Am I Boring My Dog: Will My Dog Hate Me If I Dress Him? Here are my favorite posts from the dog fashion phase:
Germany’s Finest: Dogs In Blue (Shoes) celebrates the police dogs of Dusseldorf, tasked to patrol the streets of the city.
Japanese Dog Dressing, Part 1 features DIY costumes and cute dogs. I think I could have devoted my entire blog just to dog fashion in Japan.
Giving Dog Couture a Bad Name is pretty self explanatory. Even Leona Helmsley didn’t make her pup, Trouble, don a diamond tiara.
My dog sunglasses series was a lot of fun… so much so that I’m choosing two posts to represent it: Sunglasses: Fashion Accessory or Dog Necessity? Part 1 and CATs for Dogs.
Finally, my rationale for being able to highlight dog dressing in the first place, the still very timely Well, If the ASPCA Says It’s Okay…. It heralds what turned out to be the first of an annual Go Orange Photo Contest to create awareness for April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Check it out, enter — and look at last year’s winners. They’re a hoot.