I’ve become THAT guy. The one who doesn’t even use a lint roller to remove the dog hair from his black pants. My dog gets away with murder (you try telling my first Shiba Inu ‘NO!’). But he gives me plenty in return. Not only does he fill my heart with joy, but he makes me a better blogger. That’s right, four-legged Kenji is sometimes my muse. Here’s why owning a dog has made me a better blogger.
The power of walking can’t be overstated. It’s a time to clear your mind, breathe in some fresh Oxygen and get your blood flowing. Without exercise, I find that my blogging productivity drops dramatically. Owning a dog (especially a Shiba) gets me out of the house on walks at least five times a day. No excuses! If we don’t walk, than Kenji doesn’t go to the bathroom, and if Kenji doesn’t go tot he bathroom, he’ll either get sick or have an ‘accident’ inside of the house – that doesn’t help anything.
The walks also help tire a dog out. Intelligent breeds, like my Shiba, have very active minds. Without sufficient exercise they can become depressed, destructive and downright nasty. I think the same can be set for an under-exercised human!
I’ve watched enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand that giving your dog a routine is imperative to a healthy pet-human relationship. Raising a dog requires structure and growing a successful blog does too. Your dog needs to be able to differentiate business from pleasure, poopy time from mealtime – and so do you. Well, you know what I mean. Carve out time to write your blog, read other blogs, answer comments, etc. The more structured your blogging schedule, the easier it is to stay on track and avoid blogger’s block.
Picking Up Poop.
It’s a dirty job, one that was almost a deal breaker when deciding whether or not to get a dog. No matter how you squeeze it, it’s a nasty job. At two poops a day, I remind myself that I spend about two minutes a week picking up crap. Not too shabby! Someone out there is doing it as a full-time job, and that helps remind me that I have it pretty good! Whether I’m toiling at the office or racing to meet a blog deadline, things aren’t that bad!
As bloggers, we are constantly tapping into our own experiences to craft posts that we hope will engage the reader. If you are a prolific blogger, writing incessantly, you will come to a point where you can no longer stand yourself. At some point, everyone’s perspective needs to be broadened, and owning a dog has helped me look at things differently. When I write a post I will re-read it and try to view it from other angles. This not only helps round out my posts, but will often lead to future post ideas. It might sound silly, but when I’m with Kenji, I sometimes try to see things as he sees them. This insight makes me a better “master,” and ultimately, a better blogger.
It’s often stated that pet ownership helps people relax by keeping their blood pressure down and reducing anxiety. I agree! Dog ownership has had a calming effect that has helped me stay balanced, therefore resulting in better blogging.
Do you own a dog? And has he/she helped make you a better blogger?
Author: Andrew G. Rosen
After working for FOX News and MTV Networks, Andrew G. Rosen founded Jobacle.com, a career advice and employment news blog. He is also the author of The Exit Guide: How to Leave a Job the Right Way.