Have I ever mentioned how much I love my work?
I write about pets! For a living! I couldn’t love a job more!
So, what have I been working on?
A colleague and I are writing a book to help other pet writers. This project is a deep passion and something we’ve wanted to tackle for ages. I am more excited about this book project than just about anything else on my plate. I can’t wait to share more when I can!
Beyond that, I’m striving to launch two new blogs: Bark is the New Black, which is a lifestyle destination for every kind of mama, and The Zero-Waste Pet, which is a partner site for my ebook, The Zero-Waste Pet.
These two site launches, along with the book project, take up the majority of my time right now.
And you know what?
None of it feels like “work” because I love these projects so much!
Plus, I still have client work, which I love as well. It never feels like drudgery. (Well, the admin stuff like bookkeeping sure does…)
Honestly, I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be working on three gigantic passion projects all at once. This has been an awesome summer!!
How about you? What are you working on these days?
Somehow we’re well into 2018 Q2. I know I say this every year–every month, really–but the time is just slipping past.
In part, it’s because things have been so busy!
I say “busy,” by the way, as a positive thing. Productive. Full. Purposeful. I’m never anyone who would subscribe to the “busyness as a badge” mentality, so when I say it’s been busy, I mean full. Happy!
So, here’s what’s kept me full and happy:
West Paw: Oh, man. I love this brand. I’m so stoked to contribute to their blog, The Scoop. Watch Twitter where I’ll share my posts as they publish!
Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food: Healthy pet food at an affordable prince? Yes, please! I’m pumped to blog for their brand’s site. The blog just launched, so my work isn’t up yet, but I’ll share it on Twitter as soon as it’s live!
BlogPaws: Oh, how I’ve adored writing posts about writing, blogging, and storytelling! I’m off to the conference next week. Will I see you there?
The Zero-Waste Pet: This is a passion project, truly born of the heart. I seriously can’t wait to launch (it’s so soon!!!) and share this joy with you guys. If you haven’t yet signed up, better get on it! The free 7-day challenge launches April 16!
What’s kept you busy lately? I’d love to connect and share our projects on Twitter! You can find me @maggiemarton.
Balancing a new baby–our daughter is now 16 whole weeks old!!–with work has been a juggling act! Some days, it’s super easy to keep those balls in the air. Other days, they clatter to the ground.
Honestly, though, I’m someone who has always preferred to be busy, so I don’t really mind the juggling act. That said, I have cut down on some projects.
Here are three recent articles I’ve gotten to write:
- BlogPaws, of course: This active voice vs. passive voice post was my favorite one to write all July!
- PAW5: I love writing blog posts about enriching your dogs’ lives. It’s a true passion for me!
- Pet Age: I recently wrote this story about anxiety products for dogs, which was eye-opening for me and my training with Cooper. We started him on one of the products I learned about for the story, CBD treats from Austin and Kat.
Unfortunately, my own pet blog has been one of the biggest cuts. But, this is just a season. And, it’s funny, but it sort of has helped to write far less on my blog. For a while, I felt burnout setting in, and now I’m giving myself time to think and brainstorm. Big ideas are percolating! I’m sure they’ll all bubble to the surface when the time is right.
I’d love to see what you’re working on! Fellow writers, tweet me @maggiemarton with your current projects so that I can read and share!
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!
I’ve attended all but one of the annual BlogPaws conferences (darn chemo ruined my perfect record), and this year’s was a remarkable experience. They’re all wonderful, of course, but this was the first year I got to speak.
That’s me. Speaking.
I need a haircut.
Anyway, it was an absolute pleasure to chat about authenticity in blogging.
I truly believe that the key to long-term success is being completely, wholly true to YOU with your blog.
In a cluttered online environment, discerning readers can pick out who’s being honest and forthright versus those bloggers who are just shilling. That isn’t to say you can’t earn money on your blog; you can and absolutely should–as long as you’re doing it authentically. If fact, being authentic increases your earning potential.
On that note, I’m thrilled to announce my eBook on being an authentic blogger. If you’re looking to grow your blog, expand your reach, and do so while staying true to YOU, this one’s for you!
I’m lucky. I work with the best people around. My editors and clients are all incredible people who achieve amazing things, and I’m honored to play a small part in their work. Here are a few things I’ve been working on lately with these wonderful people:
Newsletters and web content: I’m challenged to work on an exciting communications strategy with a consulting company that links stateside businesses with overseas partners. It’s been a fun consulting gig, and I’m thrilled I get to work with women leaders on this one.
Pet retail trends: I adore Pet Age Magazine and my editor, Michelle. This is one of the most fun articles I get to write every month. If you’re not familiar with the magazine, go check it out! My latest article is live on the digital edition of the magazine.
Pet products: Oh, how I love finding new and exciting pet products. Every month, I dig up a few new products or roundup where to buy the best pet products in stores for Shoptopia. Such fun! Check it out here.
Book reviews: Whooo, boy. My “to-read” pile has grown enormous, which makes me so happy! I have a couple flights coming up, so I plan to power through my stack while traveling. I have reviews slated to appear here, on OhMyDog!, and on Goodreads.
I’m also waiting on the ink to dry on a couple new, exciting projects, which I’ll announce as soon as I can.
What are you working on these days? I hope your work plate is piled high with fun projects!