I’m thrilled to tell you Mom and I were invited by Bentley and his mom, Melissa, of Barking from the Bayou to join the Writer’s Process Blog Tour. Today, you will get the inside scoop on what goes on during the writing of our blog posts. I have been tracking Bentley’s blog for a while now, he is the most handsome Bassett Hound (I think I have a cyber crush on him)! At BlogPaws this year we got to meet his mom and dad, but sadly only a flat Bentley. Bentley and I are already planning to meet in dog next May at BlogPaws.
His mom,Melissa, is great and put up with being almost huggled to death by Bailie at BlogPaws! She is a writer and has written a couple books already, The Returns, and The Returns 2 Showstoppers. Her books are mysteries inspired by her pets (past and present) and are a lot of fun to read. Bentley’s blog is always entertaining. He is currently living with Pierre, a Westie, that belongs to Melissa’s daughter. Bentley and Pierre help out a lot with their blog. Barking from the Bayou has a lot of useful information, totally awesome photos, and best of all, lots of fun! Stop by and give them a howl if you aren’t already a fan of theirs!
Back to Writer’s Process Blog Tour. I need to answer three questions and recommend three other writers to participate. Mom and I will be answering the questions together since we always work together, and then I will tell you about my three nominees. Are you ready? Here is the scoop on My GBGV Life!
1. What am I working on? This is easy as I am always working on the same thing…catching squirrels and wabbits. Oh, Mom says that is not what is meant by the question. Mom and I are working on trying to improve our SEO on the blog, and are trying to keep up with publishing five to six blog posts a week. We have sort of developed a schedule so our readers know when to expect posts from us. We rarely post on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are “optional” days, leaving Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as set regular posting days. We thought posting so many times a week would be difficult, but I am so full of inspiration, it hasn’t been hard for Mom to keep up the pace at all!
2. Why do I write what I do? When we started the blog in November 2011, it was just for fun and we had no clue what we were doing. As things have evolved, and that happens quickly, we have started to find our direction and niche. The GBGV is a rare breed, but also a wonderful breed. One of our main goals is to introduce people to the GBGV, let them know what we are all about and perhaps one day some of my readers will want their own GBGV. We have also realized that we want to help pet parents have more fun with their dogs, as well as keep them healthy and fit. We review products that we would use ourselves. As you all know, I enjoy making tasty healthy treats myself in the kitchen and hope other dogs will be inspired by my recipes, and we like to share our adventures that help us burn off those calories and help keep us fit. So many dogs are overweight, never leave their yard, have pet parents that need some ideas to get their pets moving and we hope to inspire pet parents to help their dogs. We have heard from several fans about how they have started activities, and even lost weight because of being inspired by our blog and that is so gratifying! Our biggest concern is to keep the blog fun, give people a laugh, and not become boring. We cover serious topics, but try to do so in a fun way. If you want to be unhappy and bored this is NOT the blog for you!
3. How does my writing process work? For this blog, it is a team effort between Mom and me. My mom has always loved stories where the animals led lives like people, so it is natural for her to keep the blog as mine and from my point of view. I go about my normal life, but many of the things I do put ideas in Mom’s head for things to blog about. My sisters and cats also offer inspiration, but I am the main one. I am almost always with Mom when she writes – she says she can’t write if I’m not with her. Most of our posts are actually written in Mom’s head and then put on the computer later. Being active, we are out for runs and walks daily. While running and walking, Mom writes posts and gathers ideas. I do think if she was confined to the house, the blog would die! Holidays, and local events also provide ideas for posts. On those days where ideas and inspiration are lacking, something always seems to pop up. Bailie will shred a toy, or I will find a keyboard in the woods, and these occurrences then turn into short stories. Sometimes, the blog helps us be even more active. We may need to go for a walk, but instead of a usual route, we will hop in the car and visit a new place and take the camera. Our stories are very photo dependent. Without photos, the blog wouldn’t be much, and the photos without works wouldn’t be much. Normally, Mom has the outline of a post in her mind and then will take the photos she needs, but other times, she has a ton of photos, and by sorting through them will come up with a fun story. Our photos are typically an integral part of the post.
First off, I thought of my blogging pal, Spencer the GoldenDoodle and his mom. Spencer is another blogger from Minnesota, and we actually got to meet at the Pet Expo last month. Spencer and his mom are pretty new to the blogging world, but have really hit BlogVille with all four paws running. Spencer is an adventurous Doodle and always seems to find some fun. He has some interesting product reviews and also supports a few causes that are near to his Doodle heart.
My second nominee is Petal and Marquie from Loved by a Collie. I have been sniffing their blog for a while now. Petal is a beautiful Collie, and Marquie, her mom, is a great photographer. Mom and I love to check out her photos! Marquie lost her beloved Collie, Lassie, last August and has had a real hard time with it. Petal is a wonderful dog, but her blog often talks about how she handles missing her heart dog Lassie. It is not a sad blog by any means! Mom and I would call it a beautiful blog.
The third nominee is Reilly, Denny, and Mom from Cow Spot Dogs. Reilly and Denny are Color Headed White Shetland Sheepdogs, very good looking for sure! We also found out that at one point, they also lived in Minnesota. They have lots of fun adventures to follow, but they are not the only reason we like their blog. Dog mom also is artistic and does dog paintings and rugs. Recently, they posted a kangaroo rug that we just loved. We love creative folks!
My three nominees will be posting their own Writer’s Process Blog Tour posts in the next week or two. I’m sure they will have the scoop on the behind the scenes on their blogs too! Stop by and dig around their blogs to learn more about them. Thank you to Petal, Reilly, and Denny for allowing me to use their photos.
That’s the scoop! Time for this GBGV to get busy searching for ideas for upcoming posts!