River and her snoot say hello.
Yee Haw! Two months, and I’m still going as strong as Day 1! This has been so much fun, and it’s incredible how many people I’ve met through writing. Learning more about myself has been one of my biggest takeaways, though. What I like, what I don’t like, and what I want to do going forward. Here's the low down.
Leading Guided Hikes! Even though I’ve only had two people on each hike, I have loved getting to know other adventure dog owners, and I know we'll gather more people as we go. We have a lot of fun getting outside with our dogs and sharing stories. Great hikes!
Writing different types of stuff. Since this blog can be whatever I make of it, I’ve been able to write technical articles like the trail guides, travel and dog training tips, and also share personal stories like my Roadtrip to Montana. It keeps it fun and interesting for me to write different kinds of blog posts, and I think it keeps it fun and interesting for readers, too. Variety is the spice of life!
Instagram! Oh my gosh, I love Instagram. I really didn’t use it much before I started The Adventure Dog Blog, but now it’s my daily go to for inspiration, stress relief, and scrolling through gorgeous, stunning outdoor photos from other adventurers. Love! Here's my account if you want to follow.
Meeting other bloggers! I’ve met some really cool people and found some really cool blogs out there to read. Here are some of my favorites: You Did What With Your Weiner?, Mother of Rescues for great training tips, Back Road Ramblers for Vermont excursions, The Minimalists for my daily simple living inspiration, and so many others. Check ‘em out!
Sharing Content. I’m so fortunate to have been discovered by Sidewalk Dog Media, and it has been amazing writing outdoor articles for them. You can find my 3 articles here: Afton, Free Park Friday, William O’Brien. And we have some great posts cooking up right now! I also exchanged blog posts with my good friend and fellow dog trainer Emily Lewis in Vermont. It was a fun, positive experience helping each other out and sharing. :-)
Feeling like I need to manage a billion different social media accounts. I’ve since become more choosy about how I spend my time and energy because this blog is not an income source and it’s just not worth it to do all this cyber running around. Right now, I just focus on Facebook, Instagram, and a little bit on Pinterest. Sorry to my 11 Twitter followers; I just don’t really get Twitter LOL!
Sell Sell Sell. Since expanding my network and researching and exploring other blogs and Instagram accounts, I kept getting the feeling like I was being flooded with selling messages. Some were almost in your face and pushy. I’ve become more selective about who I follow now, and I think that’s ok. I’ve figured out that I don’t really care for that type of message, so I’ll try to make sure I don’t send those types of messages on my blogs and posts. While I think it’s great when brands and product representatives support a blogger by sponsoring them, it just seemed like my whole Instagram feed some days was just “buy this product” rather than “here’s an awesome photo.” I’ve also visited several blogs during my research that had 3 – 5 popups in one session. No thanks. It’s just not for me. Will I drastically reduce my chances of having this blog pay for itself someday by not doing some of this stuff? You bet. But I have to do what feels right for me.
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Tiny House! River and I will be taking a trip to the Wisconsin Dells next weekend to stay in an off-grid tiny house on 22 acres. SO EXCITED!!!
More for Sidewalk Dog. You’ll see more fun articles from me and the Adventure Dogs on Sidewalk Dog’s blog. Woo!
High Spirits Dog Training. I’ve relaunched my personal dog training business, and you don’t have to be a Twin Cities, MN resident to get help. I’m providing distance consultations as well as local dog training services. I want to share my know-how with anyone who has questions or just needs some help. Check out my swanky website here. You can even book your free initial consultation right from the website!
I also have some BIG NEWS. I’ve started compiling material for The Adventure Puppy Club!!! More details to come in the following months, but my dream is for it to be a resource for any dog or puppy owner to learn more about socialization, training, and safe adventures. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter (right below this post) to get updates.