Blogging can be a lot of hard work. It can also be a lot of fun. As a hobby, nothing suits me more.
I’ve always enjoyed writing but have never had the discipline to keep a journal. I love to read and blogging not only incorporates this, it also gives one the opportunity to actually interact with writers. How many novels or magazines allow that? Blogging can be done inside the home, at any time of day, and in any state of dress or un-dress. I don’t have to shower or brush my hair before turning on my computer. Heck, I don’t even have to get out of bed.
The Tripbase Blog recently started a trend to unite bloggers from a wide variety of niches across the Internet. Called My 7 Links, the rules are fairly simple: bloggers are asked to come up with seven posts they have written that fit into seven specific categories. It’s not supposed to be difficult but when I first found out about it, the idea seemed daunting. How could I possibly choose which goofy dog video was better than another?
A short time later the impressive Kim Clune from This One Wild Life was kind enough to nominate me. Apparently, I could not avoid this task. When two more nominations came from No Dog About It and Hands On Home Buyer, I figured I’d better step up my game. The pressure is on.
As I said yesterday just before Shiva and I embarked on our very first full agility course, here goes nothing!
1. My Most Beautiful Post – Shiva the Super Model
This one at least was a no-brainer. Last year we had professional family photos taken by a local pet photographer. Part of our package included digital copies and I couldn’t resist showing them off online. After all, the beauty of my dog is a big part of what this blog is about. If she wasn’t so cute, I don’t know if any of us would be here right now.
2. My Most Popular Post – Blogiversaries, Link Love, and a Special Giveaway
In celebration of my one year of blogging, I attempted to write a story using as many pet blog titles as I could possibly fit in. I can’t say it was a huge success plot or grammar-wise but it was a lot of fun. Even if I was up until three am the night before. Next year I am going to have to plan something even bigger.
3. My Most Controversial Post – Disgusting Human Failure
I don’t normally delve into serious topics. It’s not because I don’t care, rather it’s because I don’t feel I can properly articulate my opinions on heavier subjects. There are many other people saying things much better than I ever could. I don’t feel it’s my job to add to the conversation. Around these parts, we prefer the lighter side of life. However, when the slaughter of 100 sled dogs hit the news last winter, I couldn’t be silent. My post stirred up a lot of mixed feelings in the comment section. I was worried for a moment I had taken things too far. Fortunately, I had underestimated the courtesy of my fellow bloggers and the debate ended respectfully.
4. My Most Helpful Post – Be the Change
This one was very difficult. I like to think all of my posts are filled with serious life lessons and suggestions for how to live a better life. I feel I am the Oprah of the pet blogging world. After all, Shiva and I teach everyone what not to do. Just one look in her manic eyes makes every other dog owner grateful they don’t have to live with a Shiva. Perspective is a powerful thing and we dish it out in spades.
But I had to choose my very first Blog the Change post. Not because it was well-written or full of inspiration, but because it helped a senior dog find his forever home. It taught me that even shy women sitting at home in their underwear can make a huge difference.
5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me – In Defense of the Crate
This was a post I had been meaning to write for a long time. But I was a little scared I would get a lot of finger-wagging. While I have gotten over a lot of the personal guilt I feel about using the crate as often as we do, I know other animal lovers do not always agree. It shocked me to learn how many people understood and respected our decisions. Before I hit publish, I was truly worried this would be the one to finally kick me out of the blogosphere.
6. A Post I Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved – Modern Day Dragons
I wrote this way back in October when I had only just entered the blogging world. Yes, I my first post was in March, but I didn’t actually let anyone know about this space until September. Which is probably why this post didn’t reach as many people as I wish it had. Nova Scotia’s bounty on coyotes is an ongoing issue and one that bothers me greatly. It’s unfortunate people have stopped talking about it. I am not even sure it hit international news.
7. A Post That I am Most Proud of – Wishbone!
I couldn’t put together a list of links without including a dorky dog training video.This is still my most favourite trick in Shiva’s ever-expanding portfolio. I love showing it off at every opportunity because it is just so freaking cute. I am also proud to say she gets much more height now than she did last year.
Whew! That was not easy. I don’t envy the ones who have yet to complete this challenge. But the rules say I have to pass it on so I apologize in advance to the following victims, er, bloggers:
- Tena of Success Just Clicks
- Lori of The Dog Park
- Jen K of Back Alley Soapbox
- Sara of Sara Loves Dogs
- Karen of Doggie Stylish
I apologise if any of you have already been nominated. I did check the list to make sure but it is definitely possible I could have done so anyway. I hope you enjoyed reading and will have fun coming up with your own!
ETA: There is something funky going on with my WordPress theme. This is not a new page design, it’s just the best I could manage on very short notice. I will try to figure it out over the next few days but things may look a little weird around these parts while I do.