I recently got added to a Facebook group for Australian Pet Bloggers, and instantly the talk turned to getting more traffic, or using this application or site, or that social networking outlet as a way to reach more people. And I’m ok with that, because that’s why some people blog, but I’m sort of feeling like the girl at the party sitting in the corner with her diary writing away about stuff that pops into her head. And so I actually posted on the group how I find the concept of blogging for somebody else to be really fascinating (which I do!) and that it can actually be used as a place to do something other than constantly obsess over training things and compulsively crop screenshots of handling that you’ve watched in slow-mo at least 23 times until you’re sure that you know all the precise handling things you needed to work on and also where the holes in your training can be found. Not that I do anything like that.
But then Bodhi over at 1st World Dog did a whole post about the same concept and very kindly linked over to my little corner of the internet as a good place to find a more traditional ‘journal style’ blog with useful training tidbits (once you sort through all the Lumen-specific problem solving I suppose!). She does say it very tactfully that I “analyse my dogs” – that’s one way of putting it, but I wonder what other people get out of coming here. I once tried to offer people advice on training tricks but then I felt like I was being a bit of a know-it-all, and although I quite like offering advice (it’s a teacher thing, maybe?), I like to do it on a one-on-one kind of basis and that advice is based on understanding the problem through thorough assessment. I don’t like to sit here and go: “I know how to teach this thing so this is how you should all do it”.. which is what, I think, a ‘training advice’ section would feel like, to me.
Which leads me to the point of this post which is to give a big hello shoutout to my readers. Apparently I have 93 followers. 93!!! Maybe the 100th person will get a prize. I don’t know what that prize will be. Depends where you live.
Not that I’m going to give better prizes to someone from one country vs. a different country but the cost to ship something to someone in Melbourne is going to be very different to shipping something to someone in the UK.
Looking through my list of followers it seems like many people have been fooled by me tagging a post with ‘fitness’ or ‘adventures’ and have expected to find some BMX riding gym junkie. Sorry about that.
If you’re not here because you’ve been deceived, somehow, into following my blog, I’d like to know some things. Let’s call it market research.
Do you still read what I’m writing?
What would you like to see more of?
What would you like to see less of? (and don’t say ‘analysing your dog training problems’. That’s not gonna happen)
If you actually come to the blog, is the layout ok? It’s been around for a while and I get bored of things easily so maybe it’s nearly time for a change.
Is there anything I can do to make your blog reading experience a more enjoyable one?
Hurray! Let’s have a feedback party.