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Lately I’ve lost the excitement of blogging – not my blog, but the business of blogging.  I didn’t realize it until I started seeing other bloggers who were dealing with the same thing.  The worst part was reading comments from a couple people I respect telling me, in essence, that my blog wasn’t on their reading list anymore.

Having a couple people not like my blog isn’t a big deal.  It happens.  But more was happening…

I was becoming a little agitated.  I was easily annoyed by…

  • emails offering to guest post for my blog when I clearly state that I don’t accept guest posts
  • brands and businesses who want me to promote products I don’t use with our dogs; for free
  • silly  misunderstandings on social media  that bum me out
  • ignorant comments about raising dogs and raw dog food by people who aren’t pet professionals
  • and so on and so on and so on

None of these things bother me normally.

Whenever I find myself getting annoyed by Facebook, my blog, or the Internet in general, I know that it’s time for a break.  I binge watch a television show, read a book, watch a movie, take the dogs for a walk- I do something to get my mind off social networking.

It usually works.

Lately, it hasn’t been working, so I had to dig a little deeper about what was pissing me off.

It was ME!  Yep, ME!

I’ve put so much pressure on myself to make money, to build a business, to blog full time.  Guess what!  Pressure sucks!

So I took away the pressure.

In 2014, I’m going back to enjoying blogging and writing about our dogs.  I’m also going to start writing about things that are important to me…

  • raw dog food
  • natural / holistic dog care
  • products we buy regularly or are interested in buying
  • stores we shop at all the time and pet related sites I stalk online

I’ve already started and it’s so much more fun.  Wow!  I won’t be resigning from my job anytime soon and that’s okay.  But at least I’ll continue having a blast with blogging about our dogs.

This doesn’t mean that I’m taking a break.  I love writing, I love learning and I love being part of a great dog lover community.   I’m just removing the pressure that I’ve placed on myself by taking my blog into a direction that my life raising dogs has already headed :)

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