The No Dog About It FAQs

IMG_1287I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but after seeing this very clever use of FAQs to address many of the requests that comes a blogger’s way, I decided to create a few of my own.

Disclosure: I am nowhere near as clever or witty as the blogger mentioned above.

Do you accept guest posts on your blog?

Rarely. I think I have accepted 2 since I first started blogging in 2008.

Why don’t you accept guest posts on your blog?

Because I am witty and fun and don’t need someone to rain on my parade?

Nah. Not really. 🙂

I know it’s an accepted practice in many blogging communities, but I find the idea of someone else’s words representing me as odd. If it is my blog, I should be the one doing the writing.

We’d love to advertise on your site, how can we do so?

I blog because I like to write and to connect with other people, not to make money or hawk wares. I believe connecting with people, and building a relationship with my readers, is valuable. Promoting a product just so I can make money and someone else can get relatively cheap advertising, hurts that connection. It also damages the trust that I have with my readers. When I choose to share a product (or promote one) it is because it is in alignment with that goal.

Marketers should probably read this to understand my philosophy.

Why don’t you reciprocate on blogger awards (i.e., versatile blogger, interesting blogger, etc.)?

The truth is I’ve been there and done that. It’s not that I am not flattered when someone nominates me, I am (always), but there’s only so many posts I can do like that before I become bored with myself. Wouldn’t you be bored if you had to hear someone talk about themselves ad nauseam?

Do you review pet products?

Yes. Occasionally. This does not mean you should immediately shoot me an email asking me to blog about your new coat, toy or food item. I’m pretty picky. I only chose brands I know and trust already.

I do not blog about products that harm pets or promote training methods that use force. I also don’t do back links or ads on my blog, so don’t bother asking.

The truth is I am uncomfortable using my blog to promote a product that someone asked me to review via email. I would much rather blog about something I purchased and used with my own dogs than one I received for free. That way I can feel like I am telling the truth and was not influenced by free product or money.

So if I say yes to you, it’s because I like you already. 🙂

Do you accept freebies? 

Rarely, and only as part of a product review, When I do them. In almost every situation I give the product away to a reader or charity. Again, it’s that damn icky feeling that makes me unable to accept most of them myself.

What kind of camera do you use to take your pictures?

I use my iPhone 5s. I am working towards getting a nice digital camera and a few lenses but I haven’t determined which one I want yet. Taking good pictures is not always about the camera you have, but how you frame the picture and being ever ready to take one.

There you have it. The sweet, short and ugly of it all.
Did I miss something? Think I need to add to my FAQs? let me know:

  1. Brian
    September 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Hi, I thought you may be interested in seeing my very short film concerning a tiny dog. It is on youtube :

    If you like it and think it may be appropriate for your readers to enjoy, please feel free to post this link in one of your articles.

    Thank-you for your time,

    Cheers, Brian (Daddeo)

  2. May 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Well done.

  3. Carol
    June 19, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    I am so glad that there are still people like Mel who has honor and scruples. I like that!!!

  4. December 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Have you seen the South Park episode about sponsored content? You’re just like Jimmy!

  1. June 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

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