So do you want to be a dog blogger? Aspiring bloggers are often advised to post often, to talk about topics that truly interest them, and to include lots of pictures. But what about dog blogs specifically? For some help on this topic, I turned to Lori, the author of the popular dog blog, According to Gus.
Lori started blogging after researching dog friendly destinations for her upcoming epic trip across the United States and Canada. After noticing a lack of detailed trip summaries for dog-friendly destinations and accommodations, she decided to start her own dog blog. Although they aren’t yet on the road, she’s been blogging about her adventures with Gus, dog related products, and her preparations for their upcoming trip.
Since According to Gus has a large following (including lots of reader comments) and interacts with a lot of other dog blogs, I thought Lori would have some excellent advice for prospective pet bloggers.
Generally, dog blogs fall into 2 types: those “written” by the dog, and those written by the dog parents. Blogs usually focus on one of three general topics: dog-related news, dog training, or dog lifestyle. Lori posts on a regular schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). I’ll chime in here and say that it helps to have a regular schedule mapped out, both for your sake (staying disciplined) and your reader’s sake.
In addition to posting regularly, Lori stresses that the best way to gain a readership and connect with the blogging community it to interact with other blogs that you enjoy. As she points out, its important to find blogs that you want to read so that your comments are genuine and you actually have fun reading the content. Lori finds that she spends about 3-4 hours a day reading other blogs or posting on her own. (Impressive!) When she finds a blog that she likes, she’ll often check out the blogs of other commenters on that website, since they probably have the same interests that she does.
Joining blog hops are another great way to meet other bloggers and find fun sites. [Note: A blog hop is an event, usually started by a blog or website, where a group of bloggers all post on a similar topic on the same day. Each blog includes a complete list of participating blogs, so that ideally the readers and blog authors can “hop” from blog to blog while reading about a topic of mutual interest.] According to Gus participates in the Wednesday BlogPaws and Saturday Pet Blogger blog hops.
It’s clear that Lori follows her own advice to interact with fellow bloggers. Her insightful comments can often be found on TheDailyToki, and on many posts throughout the dog blogosphere. More importantly, she provides her fellow dog lovers with great reading. (One of my recent favorites was her post on how to use the blog format to create a comprehensive and easily accessible medical records file for your pet. It’s a genius idea.)
Thanks for the blogging advice Lori, and thanks for sharing Gus with the rest of us! To read Lori’s entertaining and informational posts, go to http://accordingtogus.com/.