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One of our favorite bloggers, All Things Dog Blog, hosts a blog hop every Monday called Mutt Monday. A blog hop is where other bloggers get to share their posts under the blog hop topic. This Monday, we are joining the blog hop for Mutt Monday and the topic is “A Day in the Life of a Pet Blogger”. Would you like to know what it is like to run an online business and blog?
First off, let me explain what Nature by Dawn, Inc. is. My name is Dawn and I started Nature by Dawn, Inc. in 2006 with my art website, Nature by Dawn.com. I also started Pet Auto Safety.com in 2006. Today, my company Nature by Dawn, Inc. consists of a few retail sites, a couple informational sites, two blogs, and several social media sites. Pet Auto Safety.com is my primary focus. My dogs have been wearing canine seat belts for over 15 years and I am passionate and knowledgeable about pet travel safety.
Over the past seven years, I have learned a lot about running an online business. Let me tell you, it is not easy. But I love what I do so it is fun. Every Sunday, I start out by putting together a to-do list for the week. I have daily tasks, weekly tasks, monthly tasks, and ongoing projects.
The first thing I do every morning is fill orders. Sometimes this is quick and sometimes it takes half the morning. Then I look at my to-do list. Daily tasks include writing at least one blog post, checking emails, perusing the internet for pet news, reading and commenting on other dog blogs, and seeing what my doggie friends are up to on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, and others. These daily tasks take up most of my day.
Weekly tasks include checking and analyzing the visitor and other stats for my websites, checking and entering specific blog hops, making sure my own blog posts posted properly, and coming up with blog topics for the following week.
Monthly tasks include entering all business sales and expenses into my accounting program, completing the accounting statements, re-submitting my products to Google Merchant and other similar shopping sites, verifying inventory count, ordering more inventory, and adding new product information if I find new products I’d like to sell.
Ongoing projects are generally SEO activities. SEO is search engine optimization. I have to constantly make sure I am keeping up with Google and Yahoo search guidelines. I modify my website as needed (which is often and can be very time consuming). Other SEO activities include submitting my website to directories and writing articles for Ezine and other article sites.
Another project I want to do very soon is make car travel videos with Maya and Pierson. They are going to be funny videos… at least I hope I can make them funny. I have someone who is going to do the Australian voice for Pierson. I will probably do Maya’s voice. They will be riding in the back of the car and having silly conversations. I hope to have the first video done before the end of August.
In between all these tasks, I have the opportunity to take Maya and Pierson for a walk, play with them, and perhaps do a little fun dog training.
I do most of these things myself, but I do get help from my family. And I have a couple of friends that help out from time to time. One such friend is Joanne. Joanne lives in the UK and she runs Fleece Dog Harnesses.co.uk. Joanne has helped me a lot with the SEO stuff and she is currently helping me with a new website for outdoor dog gear (website coming soon). Carrie with All Things Dog Blog has also been a great help to me on the social media side. I also have great relationships with some of my suppliers. The team at Kurgo and Bergan are fantastic. Susan with The Pet Net Brand is pawsome. And Sue with Mutt Managers for the Breeze Guard Window Screens is amazing.
I also have quite a few pet forum members and pet bloggers out there to thank for mentions and reviews. I love the cato- and dogo-sphere world and am very thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. ❤ ❤ ❤
Our blog was nominated for an award at the end of last month! It is the Versatile Blogger Award and we were given it by our friend Hawk at BrownDogCBR.blogspot.com. We are so excited because this is the first time our Pet Auto Safety blog has been nominated for such an award!
How does this nomination work? It is like a digital chain letter. A blogger who is nominated then awards 15 other bloggers and those 15 other bloggers nominate 15 more. The award makes its way around the internet, with some bloggers getting the award multiple times. But it serves another purpose too. If you’re reading my blog and you like it, then this award allows you to discover other great dog blogs that I like. It is a fun way to share!
Below are some of my favorite dog bloggers (in no particular order). Be sure to check them out. They are all fun and pawesome!
Brown Dog CBR – This is the blog for Hawk, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I love this blog because there are a ton of photos of Hawk and he is always looking at interesting things and doing fun stuff.
2 Brown Dawgs – This is the blog for Thunder, Storm, and Freighter, also Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I discovered this blog through Hawk’s blog. I love this blog because these three dogs do field training and it is so interesting to learn the process.
Sugar the Golden Retriever – This is the blog for Sugar… yep, a Golden Retriever. I first discovered the blog when Sugar was in Hawaii. The pictures were always fun and beautiful. Sugar is in Chicago now, but the blog is still fun. You can recognize Sugar by her purple shoes!
Roxy the Traveling Dog – This is the blog for Roxy, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and Torrey, an Australian Shepherd (mix?). They get to travel all around the United States. Their parents do this fun thing where they go on Rendezvous. You really have to visit their blog to find out more.
Snoopy’s Dog Blog – Snoopy is an adorable Bearded Collie. He’s always up to some kind of mischief! If you need a cuteness fix, this is always a fun blog to visit.
All Things Dog Blog – This is the blog for Tanner and Oliver and it is one of the first blogs I started following when I started. Carrie, Tanner and Oliver’s mom, gave me a lot of great tips in getting my blog going. And she’s a great fan of keeping her dogs safe in the car!
Clowie’s Corner – Clowie is a Great Pyrenese. She is a beautiful sweet dog – a true gentle giant. She always tells such great adventure stories in her blog.
Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews – Flea is the writer of this blog and she has several pets – Flash and Patches (Australian Shepherds), O’Bunner and Humperdink (rabbits), Jimmy (duck), Ryan (Goose), and a ton of chickens that I can’t remember the names of. I only recently discovered this blog and fell in love with it right away. Flea is so funny and the way she presents things makes for some very entertaining reading.
Something Wagging This Way Comes – This is another humorous blog, although sometimes serious. Honey, a Golden Retriever is often the focus. Honey is a great dog and gives her owner a great insight into life.
Rumpy Dog – Rumpy is a Siberian Husky. He and June Buggie tell us about several animal welfare issues and what we can do to make sure that we are looking out for their wellbeing. There is also some dog and cat cuteness going on there.
Dakota’s Den – Dakota is an adorable Sheltie. I am partial to Shelties since my first very own dog was a Sheltie. Dakota blogs about a variety of things from pet care, prizes, cute pictures, and more.
Glo Girly – This blog is hilariously cute. GloGirly is the blogger, but she talks in the voice of Katie and Waffles, her cats. These two cats are always up to something.
Go Pet Friendly – Ty and Buster are the dogs in this blog. They get to travel all over the country. I first noticed them when they traveled through Texas. Since I lived in Texas for many years, Ty and Buster’s adventures made me a little home sick.
Kirby’s Dog Blog – If you like cute little fluffy dogs, then you’ll love Kirby. Kirby’s mom, Leah is adorable too. This blog is all about innocent cuteness.
Oz the Terrier – Oz is an adorable Cairn Terrier, which I am partial to since Toto of the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn. I’ve lived in Kansas these past ten years so how could I not love Toto! I’ve followed Oz for some time but really enjoyed their March blog posts which featured Irish Limericks about several dogs in the dog blogging world, including Maya & Pierson! So fun and creative!!!
There are a lot of other dog blogs that I follow, but I had to narrow them down to fifteen. Be sure to also visit Leroy and Sherman’s blog, My Brown Newfies, the Long Life Cats and Dogs blog with Pixels and Litchi, Will and Eko’s blog, Brooks (RIP) and Kelly with Peggy’s Pet Place, Pepper Paws, Mollie and Alfie, Maggie with Wag the Dog UK, Remy with One Blue Dog, Gizmo with Terrier Torrent, and the list goes on. And don’t forget to take a trip to visit my dogs, Maya and Pierson, at AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com!
Sorry everyone for not doing a full post yesterday for Pet Travel Destination Tuesday. We have been redesigning our retail website, www.PetAutoSafety.com. Most of the major redesigning is done now, so take a look and tell us what you think. Does it look better? Is it easier to navigate? Are there things you don’t like? Are there things you would change or improve? Any feedback with constructive criticism would be most welcome!
The second thing I wanted to ramble about was the comments on the March contest giveaway posted on March 8th. One of the ways to enter the contest is to leave a comment under the post and click the Rafflecopter entry saying that you left a comment. Because spammers left over 500 comments the other day (yes over 500!!!), we accidentally deleted all comments made on that day. This means that legitimate comments were accidentally deleted along with the spam comments. However, if you indicated in the Rafflecopter that you left a comment, your entry was still saved in the Rafflecopter and it still counts! So please, if you don’t see your comment know that your contest entry is still there. If you left a comment asking a question, I’m so sorry that we didn’t see it. You can leave a comment again or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely apologize for this and thank you so much for stopping by!
One more thing to share… We had some great weather last week. It got into the 70s and even the 80s on March 14th and 15th so I took Maya to the dog park. She had a lot of fun!
Funny after this really nice weather, it got cold again. It even snowed yesterday. The weather is as crazy as my Maya!
Well, that’s all I have for now. See you later in the week for Pet Safety Saturday.
Be sure to check out my last post about visiting my mom and stepdad in Missouri. I ended up going by myself because my husband’s boss wouldn’t let him have Monday or Wednesday off. Since it is a 5 hour drive, it didn’t make much sense to drive there and only visit for one day. Besides, I had that Dixie Stampede to take my mom and stepdad to on Sunday. That is a lot of driving back and forth. So my husband stayed behind and took care of Maya & Pierson. Here are the photos I took on my visit to my mom’s:
As I said, my husband had to stay behind because of work. It was very sad. But it looks like he had a good time with Maya & Pierson. And our friends Sha Sha and Jinbo were there too.
For other great pet photos for Wordless Wednesday, check out the blog hop below!
By the time you read this, we are already on the road to visit my mom and stepdad in Missouri. It is a five hour drive so it is not as long as when we went to my dad’s in Texas. Sadly, Maya & Pierson are staying behind with our friends Sha Sha and Jinbo. We decided not to take them with us to Missouri this year for two reasons:
The Dixie Stampede
My mother has just finished all her treatments for lung cancer and she is now officially cancer free! To celebrate, we are going to take her to Branson, Missouri to see the Dixie Stampede. My mother is a huge Dolly Parton fan (she won 2nd place in a Dolly look-a-like contest when she was younger) and the Dixie Stampede is somehow associated with Dolly Parton. Branson, Missouri does not have very many pet friendly accommodations and the Dixie Stampede is no exception.
My Mom’s Dog Solo
Solo absolutely hates other dogs. The last time we came for a visit with the dogs, Rocky and Solo had to take turns with Maya and Pierson being outside because they couldn’t be inside together. And since Branson is about two hours away from my mom’s house, we would have to keep two dogs outside for several hours at a time while we are gone. I don’t want to do that to them. Sha Sha and Jinbo have taken good care of Maya and Pierson before and love them almost as much as we do so we are confident that they will be in good hands.
Are your pets going with you for the holidays or will they have to stay behind? We’d love to hear about how you and your pets are spending this week.
Thank you to everyone who entered the dog car harness giveaway! Our winner is Janet K… Congratulations!!! Janet, you will receive an email shortly. Although this contest is over, we will start a new one in January. Please stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages. In the meantime, feel free to use discount code holidaypet for 15% off! This discount is good on all our products except the BreezeGuard window screens.
Thanks again for entering!
Larrielle P, you are the winner of the Slumber Pet cargo / couch cover. Please reply to our email sent to you from email@example.com.
Thank you everyone for entering! We are considering another giveaway. Which products are you most interested in?
I meant to have more pictures posted form our trip to Texas this Thanksgiving but alas I am unprepared. I forgot the cord to plug my camera to the computer and so am unable to download all the great pictures we took. We will be back in Kansas Sunday evening so I will start posting pictures on Monday, or may possibly wait until Wordless Wednesday. In the meantime, feel free to use discount code holidaypet on PetAutoSafety.com for a discount. That is holidaypet, all lowercase, all one word.
We are having a great time here in Texas visiting family and hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend too!