On Monday, August 16, DogTalk on Twitter focused on pet blogging. More specifically, the chat discussed why people blog about pets and how they go about doing so.
Reasons for blogging about pets
Every blogger has his or her own reason for blogging. Some blogs focus primarily on one pet. Some folks even blog as their pet, actually writing in the pet’s voice. Other blogs focus on a specific topic within the niche of pets, such as rescue or pet health care.
The one thing that became clear during the chat is that most participants in the chat who were actively blogging did so as a means of helping animals.
Some people attempt to help by reaching out to tell of their individual pet’s health problems in an attempt to educate other pet owners and spare other pets the suffering their pet may have experienced. Others attempt to educate about pet health care topics in a more general way, focusing on a way array of health issues within the same blog.
Other people blog for rescue or humane groups, telling of the animals that are available for adoption, the benefits of adopting a shelter pet, or perhaps the benefits of fostering a pet. Still others focus on training issues, reaching out to dog owners to explain the most humane methods of dog training.
However, whatever the primary focus of the blog, almost all participants in the chat agreed that the main purpose of their blogging is to help animals in one way or another.
A sense of community through blogging
The other thing that became very evident during this DogTalk chat was the terrific sense of community and networking that takes place within the pet blogging world. The bloggers participating in this chat seem eager to network with their peers. They are fast to accept the responsibility of writing a guest post for their fellow blogger’s site. They offer support to each other and help promote not only their own blogs but the blogs and websites of their friends and competitors as well through various means, including but necessarily limited to using twitter, facebook and other social media sites.
To most of these bloggers, being supportive means not only cooperating with established bloggers but also encouraging neophyte or even “wannabe” future bloggers. For instance, when one participant in the chat remarked that she was totally unprepared for the blogging world, many other participants jumped in to assure her that was, indeed, not the case. Far from being seen as a potential competitor and discouraged from starting altogether, she was encouraged to start blogging by many in the community. Not only was she encouraged to start a blog, but she was also offered numerous tips on how to accomplish that goal.
The conclusion: if you are contemplating starting a blog related to your pet or related to any pet topic, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. You’ll be part of a larger community, all with a single goal in mind: helping pets.
For more information about pet blogging, DogTalk on Twitter has provided a transcript of the chat. Please feel free to browse the transcript at your leisure.
DogTalk would also like to thank the panelists that participated in the discussion: Mary Haigt of Dancing Dog Blog, Jana Rade of Dawg Business, Dino Dogan of Dogan Dogs and Lorie Huston of the Pet Health Care Gazette as well as the many audience members who participated freely in the discussion and offered their own thoughts and experiences.