It’s been a bonkers 2016 so far! (I feel like I say that about every year…)
I took on the role of Senior Editor at BlogPaws at the end of 2015, and it’s been a whirlwind of activity since. I’m proud of all that’s been accomplished on the BlogPaws blog and would love for you to go check it out.
I’ve also contributed two columns each month to Pet Age Magazine. It’s such a pleasure to work with leading pet industry manufacturers and media pros on a monthly basis. I learn so much with every story I write. Check out some of my recent work.
It’s been a travel-heavy year, too. It started with the BlogPaws team summit in Phoenix earlier this year, followed by Global Pet Expo in Orlando, and my trip to Best Friends in May. BlogPaws is around the corner, in Phoenix at the end of June. That’s followed by SuperZoo in Last Vegas and a girlfriends’ trip to Vancouver at the end of August. Whew!
I took on a bunch of other little side projects, too, like contributing blog posts to PAW5 each month. I love that gig because they’re an eco-friendly brand that’s all about enriching our pets’ lives. How great is that?
Lastly, I’ve been chipping away at OMD. To be honest, I’ve struggled to keep up with it, not just because of all the work stuff, but because it’s hard to find our herd’s new voice after we lost Lucas. Everything changed, and it’s just taken me time to wrap my head around it and find this new voice. But, it’s coming.
So, that’s where I’ve been! How about you? Connect with me on Twitter so we can compare project notes!
Of the many questions I get about what I do, probably the most-often-repeated question is:
How do you become a pet writer?
This is just a theory, but I suspect most people in the pet industry got here not because of a specific desire to work in the pet industry. Rather, I suspect most people in the pet industry are here because of a pet.
A special pet.
The special pet who comes in, sheds all over your house, and changes your life.
That’s how I became a pet writer. I recently got to tell this story to a group in my town. I posted it on my blog, and I’ve gotten a number of follow-up questions via email.
It’s interesting how my worlds overlap. The pet world seems to live on my blog, while this website is sort of a hub for storing not-specifically-pet-related ideas. I’m working out how to manage the cross over, though, and I thought this was a great opportunity to make progress.
So, if you’re a writer who’s interested in the pet industry, and you’re wondering how did you become a pet writer, here’s my full answer: It all started with a dog.
Whew. Things have been busy, busy, busy. My goal for November was simply to keep my head above water!
We relocated, and the move took up far more time than I ever imagined. And we’ve moved a lot. This one was an extra-big-beast for some reason. Thankfully, though, we’re settled in and (mostly) unpacked. I’m grateful it was all completed before the bustle of the holiday season!
In the meantime, I’ve been working away. I’m finishing up the semester teaching writing skills to an eager bunch of adults who are all working like crazy to get to the final paper.
I’ve also been writing for one of my favorite sites, PetGuide.com!
Plus, I’ve had the unique opportunity to serve as a campaign manager for several blogger campaigns for BlogPaws. It’s been an incredible learning experience. Part of the job requires reading a handful of blogs every morning, and I’ve spotted so many “best practices” and clever ideas. Soaking it all up!
There is so much on the horizon, so many big, huge things about to happen. I can’t wait to share them all as the projects get finalized. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, have a wonderful week and a productive start to December!
I love this time of year. Flowers are blooming. The days are longer. The mosquitoes aren’t yet the size of finches. Ah, spring!
Since it’s the start of the second quarter, it’s also time for us small-business folks to reevaluate our goals and direction for the upcoming months. Did we accomplish what we wanted to in Q1? Where do we want to go in Q2?
I’m excited to take on a second assignment with Pet Age, adding a Groom&Board article on top of my Products&Trends piece. I adore this magazine and the staff, and I’m thrilled to tackle more assignments.
I’m also contributing more to Victoria Stilwell’s Positively.com blog, which I love because I get to talk positive training in a brand new venue.
There’s a ton of stuff going on the blog these days, too, including the newsletter.
And a few more details-to-come projects that are all about pets, crafts, and building a super strong bond with our dogs and cats.
I’m LOVING that so much pet writing work is piling up because it’s what I’m most passionate about!
Here’s to finding work that fuels your passion! Happy spring!