Hey, everyone! Holy shit, y'all, I can't believe it's the second week of June already. That just does not seem possible.
Today's post will be a bit of a ramble. I wanted to do a post on one of these topics, but none felt long enough; figured I'd just cram 'em into one post and call it a day. ;)
It's the time of year where work really starts to pick up for me. I currently work in the vacation service industry, and am laying the foundation for my own business while I'm at it. It's scary to think about having your own business and not having the reliability of someone else giving you a paycheck, but the lure of being my own boss and making my money perfectly counteracts that fear. It'll be challenging, but I'm excited to start the journey.
That's beside the point though. I only brought up work because as I get busier, I'm more aware of just how much time I spend on the blog. Posting, photographing, working with companies for reviews, commenting, ect. Just for this blog, I spend an average of 45-60 minutes every single day without fail. On the 2-3 days a week I sit down and schedule out posts, it can be an additional two hours or more, when you factor in photo editing.
On top of that, I started a book blog three weeks ago (Good In The Stacks, if you're curious). It's doing surprisingly well for being brand spankin' new, and me being completely out of my element in the book blogging community; it's a much more introverted group than dog blogging is, and I never thought I'd be the extrovert in a group :p. Reading has been a lifelong passion of mine, and I'm in love with having a book blog. I'm going to venture into book vlogging as well in the near future. Me, an overachiever? Never. :p
Anyways, there's another 1-2 hours a day with that blog (book reviews are a bitch to write, let me tell you). I spend a lot of time blogging, and it's a lot go work. However, it almost never feels like it. I truly enjoy blogging, and being part of the community. It's a pleasure and a privilege to be friends with you, and I wouldn't change it for the world. It really is true that if you do what you love, success will follow.
Okay, here's something I could use some help with: Social Media. How do y'all manage it?? Currently this blog has a Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest (well, it's my Pinterest but there's blog stuff on there, too). The book blog has Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. I'm good with Pinterest, because I must PIN ALL THE THINGS. I've become obsessed with Instagram, because hello filters. Facebook is easy, since I'm on there a lot anyway. I can't get my ass into gear with Twitter or YouTube, though. How do you all manage to keep up with your social media?
Shameless pimping: there's a spot to follow us on all of the above mentioned places right there >>>> in the side bar. :D
We'll be going on vacation in the early fall, and I'm so excited! We'll be flying somewhere north (Boston, perhaps), and Miss Nola is coming. The Minions will either be kenneled or stay with a sitter. You really have no idea how excited I am. I haven't been on a real vacation in years, and I haven't flown since I was a toddler. Despite that, I love to travel. I can't wait to visit everything, find dog friendly spots, scope out the best bookstores, and take a million photos.
I'm not anticipating any problems with Nola. She's a go with the flow type of dog when it comes to going anywhere, and so long as she's with me she's cool. She's been "purse trained" since puppyhood, and is crate trained, but we're already starting to make her travel carrier a very positive thing. More about our trip will be told when the kinks get worked out.
On top of that...I'm 97% sure that both Nola and I will be attending BlogPaws 2016 in Arizona next year. :D
I told you it'd be a ramble!
Do you travel with your pup? Planning any trips this year?
- Dachshund Mommy