A short time ago Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes invited me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour. I was flattered and a little intimidated at first. My blog isn’t about me, its about other people’s dogs and awesome professional photography. But Pamela reframed the questions in a way that made sense for me. If you don’t already read Pamela’s blog, you should! She is funny, down to earth and she has the most awesome sweetie-pie of a dog named Honey. Honey is practically perfect, but Pamela shared a hilarious story of her dogs’ most embarrassing behavior. Pamela’s blog is a mix of stories about Honey, product reviews and giveaways and some independent research. Right now she needs your help for a fun experiment she’s doing: do you look like your dog?
I don’t think I look like Nelly, but my kids joke that Nelly and I are one in the same.
1. What am I working on?
I am excited to have some adoptable dogs, a pawsitively amazing project, gorgeous dog sessions, another Caturday and a DIY this month.
2. Why do I write what I do? Why do I pick the images I feature?
Photography is the most important part of the process, and I feel a connection to the dogs through the photos. I always want to highlight dogs that have been adopted, because I want to show that rescue dogs make great companions! These two gorgeous Shelties were both rescues.
The human-dog connection is really important to me, so I like images that show how dogs are cherished members of the family (whether it is a large family or a family of one person and one dog.)
3. How does my writing process work? Or how do I choose the images and tie them together?
I have a small notebook that I keep next to my desk with ideas for future posts, but most of my posts come from photographers.
My writing/editing process is pretty simple. I’m fortunate because so many talented photographers trust me with their images, so I have a lot of great sessions to feature. I think that getting quotes from the photographers and/or the dog’s family members is really key to showing the dog’s personality. I do have an odd worry in multiple dog sessions that I don’t show a lot more photos of a one dog. I KNOW that it won’t impact the dogs’ self esteem, but I really need to be “fair.” Sometimes though the photographer has a lot more photos of one dog and there is nothing I can do about it.
My editorial calendar is very flexible, and I always feature adoptable dogs as soon as I’m able. Ideally I write part or all of the post ahead of time, but there are mornings when I start with a blank post. Often those same mornings are when my dogs are super crazy/needy and the phone rings every ten minutes and I can barely put together a single sentence. This summer I got stuck a few times and I didn’t write a post at all. So I’m hoping to have a few evergreen posts ready to go for a day when I can’t blog. I try to proofread, but I imagine Grammar Girl would cry if she had to read my blog.
Now its my turn to nominate two bloggers, and being obsessed with Newfies, I chose two bloggers with lots of Newf experience. Jen Costello from My Brown Newfies and Robin Welter from Newf and Hound. I first started reading Robin’s blog because she had a Newfie, Foyle as well as three Dachshunds.
Sadly Foyle passed away, but Robin still has Dachshunds galore.
Robin is also a great photographer and always comes up with wonderful topics. I love her finds on Barks and Bites.
I am looking forward to reading about Robin and Jen’s writing processes!