By Edie Melson
Most of you know I’m an animal lover. We have one cat, Emily Dickinson, and our son’s dog, Cosmo. 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. So today I’d like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from my dogs.
9 Blogging Lessons from My Dogs
1. Go all in. When you play, play. When you work, work. And when you rest, rest. My dogs are 100 percent involved in whatever they’re doing. Beyond that, I’ve discovered 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 brings value to what you’re doing. When our boys were young, they had the great idea of tying our dog’s 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 them. The dog took off in one direction, the son on the scooter went another way. There was definitely collateral damage, although none of it permanent. The same thing can happen with blogging. Leave the squirrel-chasing for play time, 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. All of our dogs have had favorite toys. But our pooch’s favorite pastime would appear 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. Through the years, all our dogs have loved treats, but training our newest dog 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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Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, military families, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.
She’s a leading professional within the publishing industry and travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor, and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the Mountainside Marketing Conference, as well as Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. In addition, she's a regular columnist for Guideposts.org, Just18Summers.com and PuttingOnTheNew.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.