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No more hiding behind the words – “Meet the Bloggers” blog hop

Me and DaisyWhen I first started in blogging in October of 2008, it was to document Daisy’s progress as a former puppy mill breeding dog. That was it. I knew practically nothing about blogging, so documenting Daisy’s progress seemed like an easy task when it came to blogging. No muss. No fuss.

But as I started moving forward with my pet sitting business, I realized I needed someplace to share pet-related information and pet products with my clients. Daisy the Wonder Dog just wasn’t the place to share that information. I needed some other vehicle to do that. And just like that, No Dog About It was created.

I never could have guessed that it would turn into my main blog or that I would still be blogging 5 years later. It may have started out as a place to share information with my clients, but it has become so much more than that. It has become my soapbox, a place to share my feelings and experiences, and a community of some pretty amazing people who share and support and give back in ways I never imagined. I never expected that. I never expected it to hit more than a few people at the most.

As a blogger, it’s easy for me to pretend that no one is reading what I write. Oh I could look at my numbers and disprove that very easily, but I like pretending that I am this anonymous writer who can share her thoughts, feelings and experienced without the exposure and scrutiny of a normal writer. I like that I can, in some sense, be anonymous. I don’t have to share pictures of myself or anything else I felt was too private to share. I thought remaining private in a social-media driven world where privacy is almost impossible was a good thing.IMG_8881

Then a friend of mine shared a recent conversation she had had with someone who wasn’t a blogger. What he said struck a chord with me and several of my blogging friends, he said “People want to imagine themselves and their pets out doing the things you’re doing with your dogs. If you put yourself in the pictures, they can see themselves in your place.”

Interesting. I hadn’t thought of that before. I guess I just assumed seeing my dogs and reading my words were enough. Maybe I was being too protective of my privacy. Maybe my own issues with my body image didn’t matter as much to my readers as it did to me. In speaking with my fellow bloggers, I discovered that I wasn’t alone. We were all grappling with this. How much to share? How much to keep private? Why were we afraid to share pictures of ourselves and our pets?
What if we changed that? What if we decided to challenge ourselves and share more?

As my friend Kristine said, “the more we can put ourselves out there and authentically be ourselves, the more we give others the permission to do the same.”

So in honor of being more authentic with you and with ourselves, the “Meet the Bloggers” blog hop was created. On December 18th, bloggers will have the chance to challenge themselves by sharing more about themselves. There are a few specific requirements (see below), but in the end you will be able to learn more about these bloggers and hopefully, feel a little more connected to the people behind the words, including myself.

So what are the rules for bloggers?

1. Join us for the hop on December 18. (A Linky list will go live that day, so make sure to add your post. If you want to add the Linky code to your post, you can find it here.)
2. Grab the badge that best describes you (options and code can be grabbed here).
3. Your post must include a current photo of you (with or without a furry friend).
(Need a little help on taking a good self-portrait? My friend Kristine Tonks shared this great little post on how to take a good one.)
4. Answer at least five (or more, if you’d like!) of the questions below:

  • What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?
  • What’s your favorite non-animal related food?
  • Who’s your favorite actor?
  • What’s one thing you have to do every day?
  • What makes you feel fabulous?
  • What do you wish you were more skilled at?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?
  • Favorite meal?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
  • If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you? What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
  • How is your pet most like you?
  • What can your body do for you that makes you most proud?
  • If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
  • Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
  • What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?
  • What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart?
  • If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?

Then you, the reader, can hop around from blog to blog learning as much as or as little as you want about your favorite bloggers.

Meet the Pet Bloggers Hop
The hosts for this blog hop are Go Pet Friendly, I Still Want More Puppies, Kol's Notes, No Dog ABout It, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies, CindyLu's Muse, Life With Desmond, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like a Dog, Rescued Insanity, Peggy Frezon and NepaPets.

  1. December 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    What a fun idea. We will be doing that for sure!

  2. December 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Wow, fun idea. I can’t wait to learn more about everyone.

  3. December 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Great idea for a blog hop, thanks so much. Now I have no excuses to hide behind my pet photographs. pet humor and animal welfare writing.

  4. December 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Reblogged this on Dog Leader Mysteries and commented:
    Go see this full post, a “Meet the Bloggers” blog hop coming up on December 18. I would love to see many of my blogging pals doing this blast.

  5. December 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    what a great idea :o)

  6. December 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I love the picture of you and Daisy at the top. Your smile lights up your face and Daisy looks so serene and even a little sad.

    Always love reading more about my favorite bloggers.

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 6:36 AM

      I think Daisy was a little sad back then. This was at least 3-4 years ago. Poor baby.

  7. December 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    So glad you guys came up with this idea. Even though everypawdy already knows what I look like, I’m looking forward to seeing/learning more about my fellow pet bloggers!

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      Good point Jackie. You have not been as scared of putting yourself out there. I admire that about you actually.

  8. December 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    It is going to be so fun!! I’m so glad they came up with this hop!!

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      Me too!

  9. December 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Fun idea, still working it out with Mom since it is my blog and we don’t normally allow human photos. I know last year at BlogPaws it was hard to find people since you had never seen them before.

  10. December 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    This is a really great idea! I wasn’t aware that my camera could take pics of anything other than my dogs, but I’ll give it a whirl! 🙂

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      Great Maggie! I can’t wait!

  11. December 10, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Reblogged this on Your Pet Kidz Pal's Blog and commented:
    Such an interesting idea … should I? Shouldn’t I?

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      Please do! Thanks for sharing! I hope you will join us. 🙂

  12. December 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I am so glad the feedback has been so positive! We really weren’t alone in our worries, were we? I am looking forward to see your stunning face on the 18th!

  13. December 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Yay – I can’t wait! I’m so happy to see others embracing this idea.

    • Mel
      December 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Me too AJ! I just hope they go over and read your post on this. I read both the articles you shared in your post. So good!

  14. December 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    One of the challenges of including myself in photos is having a photographer. With grown kids and a hubby that’s very busy, that often presents a problem. These things must be planned and that turns them into a bigger deal that they start out to be.

    Interesting idea for a hop. I’ll be on vacay and may not be able to join in. Have fun for me too!

  1. December 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

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