Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gone to the Dogs

I feel like my blog has gone to the dogs.  Yes, it's true my dog is a HUGE part of my life. We are together 24/7 most days. And there are often times it feels like she is the only good and true thing in my life.  It's only natural to write about is what I know.

But there are times, I just want to write about something else.  And I feel like I can't. Or I shouldn't.

It's all GABE's Fault - (mostly?)

Back in April, I participated in the Global Animal Blogging Event - GABE. Until then, I had been blogging along on what ever topic suited my fancy. I had some regular readers over the years but their comments had tapered off.. Suddenly after GABE, I had a whole bunch of new followers and folks leaving comments - which I loved. But the majority of them are dog bloggers...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Just a Comment Junkie

Yes, I will confess, I am a comment junkie. I love feedback. Which surprises me... ALOT!  I heard on the news the other day that the average human requires seven hours of human contact a day. I find this astounding! Seven whole HOURS!  I need like seven minutes and there are days when that's too much! I seriously think the only reason I tolerate my friends is that all of them have IQs in high 140s.

I am happiest when I'm working in the shop, prepping orders, listening to my ipod and talking to Mabel.  I can spend days / weeks on end like this with only an occasional customer to talk to and phone calls from my closest friends.

But let a blog go without a comment and I'm devastated.

Feeding the Beast
I'm torn over what I should do about it. Do I start yet another blog? I'm already overwhelmed with my bead blog (published M-Th), my duties overseeing the Fire Divas Blog and coming up with new ideas for it; I have a writing blog, where I store my favorite published pieces. I use that mostly for easy links when job-hunting.

I have two other blogs simply for SEO experimentation. I started them when i realized I was THISCLOSE to getting my first ever google paycheck.

While I'm never going to get rich off of this, every little bit helps! And I have still another bead blog I'm hoping to develop!

Needless to say, finding time to launch another blog to do what this one used to do feels pointless.

Do I keep plodding along here and risk "chasing away" the dog folks? Do I find a way to start another new venture?

No answers; just questions.


Anonymous said...

Your blog is whatever you want it to be. Personally, I like variety! Dogs don't do things every day that are worth blogging about, too. I'm interested in what YOU're doing, and if that involves Mabel, so much the better!

I just love the first photo, with Mabel and her arm over her head!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Janet, That's been a regular "pose" of hers since she was a puppy. It's one of the contributing factors to her "Drama Queen" nickname!

Thanks for the feedback!

Linda@VS said...

I'm with Janet. I like variety, too. I definitely enjoy reading about Mabel, but the reason I'm interested in Mabel is that she belongs to you. I like to read about what you're thinking and feeling, what you're doing now and what you did at different stages of your life. The dog bloggers may have found you through GABE, but I believe it's your good writing -- on any subject -- that keeps them coming back.

rottrover said...

Well, despite my DB addiction, I agree with Janet. Write about what you want, when you want. In my humble opinion, you have such strong writing skills -- you can even make complaints that Trader Joe's no longer carries your favorite soup entertaining!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

You guys are just too sweet!

rottrover said...

peeeS Mango's mom even wrote about Trader Joe's today!!

Dexter said...

Hey! You should blog what you want to blog. Or maybe keep it kind of a variety blog. That way the dog fans (that would be me) can read the doggie posts and the non dog folks can read the non dog posts. Who knows... maybe both communities will find some interest in each other.

Mango Momma

P.S. I love comments too!

the booker man said...

miss creekhiker,

this is your bloggie, and that means you get to write about whatevarrr you want!! no matter what, you have a grrreat bloggie, and somebuddy's always gonna be interested in what you have to say. oh, and even though i am a doggie, i do like to read about other stuff 'n thingies besides doggies. heehee. (but i do totally love the first picture of miss mabel. way cutesies!!)

the booker man

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Just blog about what is important to you at the moment. We don't always comment but we do enjoy reading.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Levi said...

I am a dog blogger and I wanted to say that I love reading about whatever people want to say-pets, thoughts, etc. So keep blogging and do whatever works for you :) We'll keep reading...and commenting!