Monday, April 2, 2018

9 Blogging Tips...From My Dog


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Most of you know I’m an animal lover. We have one cat, Emily Dickinson, and our son's dog, Cosmo. And it hasn't been that long since we said a permanent goodbye to the old man of the group, Jake (pictured above). I still miss him. I don’t know what I’d do without my four-legged friends cheering me on as I work every day.

But they’re more than just great companions, they’ve got a lot to teach me. I’ve shared lessons from Emily before in a devotion on Being Still. So today I’d like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from my dogs.

9 Blogging Tips From My Dogs
1. Go all in. When you play, play. When you work, work. And when you rest, rest. My dogs are one hundred percent involved in whatever they’re doing. Beyond that, I’ve discovered that there’s no such thing as a multi-tasking dog. The same should be true for bloggers. Focus on the task at hand by setting aside time to blog. Don’t think of it as work you do in the spaces.

2. Chasing squirrels never ends well. It may be fun, but it rarely bring value to what you’re doing. When our boys were young (and so was Jake) they had the great idea of tying his leash to the handlebars of a scooter so he could pull them down the street. It went well until a squirrel darted in front of Jake. He took off one direction, the son on the scooter went another way. There was definitely collateral damage although none of it permanent. The same thing can with blogging. Leave the squirrel chasing for play time and stay focused on where you’re going in your post and avoid the collateral damage.

3. Loyalty is everything. My dogs are friendly with almost everyone, but their loyalty is to me. As bloggers, we have to have that same kind of loyalty toward our readers.

4. 50 New smells a day. For a dog, going outside is more than exercise, it’s the ability to gather information about the world around them. As bloggers, we can’t become so immersed in our own corner of the world and especially only our point of view.

5. Keep digging until you have what you need. Both our dogs have favorite toys. But when our son's dog was a puppy, his favorite pastime appeared to be getting his stuck under things. He’s learning though, to not just rely on us to get what he needs. He’s learning how to work and dig until he gets them back. As bloggers we can’t just rely on the information others provide. We have to be willing to learn, grow, and dig out what we need to be the best we can be.

6. Wag more, bark less. When my dog comes up to me, he’s grinning and his tail is wagging. He doesn’t approach me barking and growling. We need to make sure we interact with people online by wagging, not barking. Think before you post and keep it positive, you’ll never regret being nice.

7. Puppy treats make the worst job easier. Both our dogs love treats, but training our puppy is giving us a new appreciation about how valuable they are. Treats are also a good way to get me to finish a job I’m dreading.

8. Be ready for an adventure and travel light. My dogs are always ready to go for an adventure. Don’t be too tied to home base. As bloggers (and writers) we can pick up and go at the drop of a hat.

9. Always on guard. My dogs are always aware of what’s going on around them. They may appear to be sleeping soundly or playing hard, but if someone comes to the door, they are the first to alert. Because blogging is an online activity, we also need to always be alert. We shouldn’t be fearful, but we do need to be smart and stay aware.

These are some of the lessons I’ve learned, what has your pet taught you about blogging, writing or even life? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Blessings,
Edie

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24 comments:

  1. My animals have taught me to love deeply and to be excited every time you see a loved one.

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  2. Wonderful lessons Ms. Edie. For much more than merely blogging I think. Our furry friends offer us many lessons if we just take a few moments to observe, consider, and apply. My best lessons, from my old friend Diogi (dee-oh-gee),was never hold back when expressing your love and forgiveness is only a "Come here buddy" away. God's blessings ma'am.

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  3. Me, who is afraid of dogs, loves loves Cosmo. You can be impact others and be a gentle giant.

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    1. DiAnn, that's a great addition! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

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  4. Edie, I learned a lot from your dogs too. This is one of the best post on blogging I've read in a while. Thank you. I love animals too. I'm glad Jake is still speaking to you from doggie heaven.

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  5. Now I want a dog!
    Great post, Edie!

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    1. Ingmar, they definitely add a lot to our lives! Blessings, E

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  6. Excellent post! Dogs have always been some of my best friends and greatest examples...especially when it comes to loving unconditionally. And now they are teaching how to be a better blogger too.

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    1. We never know what lessons we'll learn if we just pay attention! LOL! blessings, E

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  7. I love how our furry friends impact so many aspects of our lives with their unconditional love and loyalty. Thanks for all the great blogging tips and inspiration, Edie.

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  8. Eddie, I loved this post. It kind of makes me cry though. We have inherited most of our dogs from...well, a lot of them were in need of a home, and we were handy I guess. One of our sons got a mutt of a dog, named him Zeus, and left him with us. Zeus got old and infirm and a few years ago we had to have him put down. I have pictures, one of him laughing at the camera, even though he was hurting and whatnot. He was such a good natured dog. I did an ode to Zeus several years ago. There are some animals that leave an imprint on your heart.

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    1. Donevy, our dogs are a precious part of our family. And I teared up too, remembering Jake and missing him all over again. Blessings, E

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  9. From one dog lover to another...great analogy, Edie. Even more reasons why I love my dog at my feet when I write.

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    1. Mary, when our animals are near when I'm writing things always go better! Blessings, E

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  10. Gee, Edie. I read the title of this post and thought, "Great. Even Edie's dog knows more than I do about blogging." :) Good tips, as always!

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    1. Karen, you're so funny! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

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  11. This is such a helpful post. Thanks for the analogy to your pets. I love my pets too, so this analogy made sense. I have to admit the squirrels are hard to ignore sometimes. 😊

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  12. That is so funny, Karen. Makes me feel rather insignificant now I think on it. LOL ;) Donevy

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