But I've noticed a new and disturbing trend.
Many of the sites that I knew and loved are no longer updated on a regular basis. And others that I have just discovered are calling off blogging altogether, simply because they didn't get enough engagement or they didn't feel as though they had anything of import to say.
That, my friend, is burnout. And it's not a problem that's unique to pet bloggers.
Anyone who writes for a living can face a moment in which the words will not come. Anyone can feel as though there is nothing left to say. Anyone can have a crisis of confidence.
The solution? The puglife.
Liam the pug is my blogging, working and socializing soulmate. Why? Because he really knows how to take care of his mental health. Every day, his schedule consists of:
- Playing with toys
- Playing with toys
- Snuggling with mother
- Heading to bed
This is a very well-rounded schedule for any living creature. Liam gets his nutrition, his intellectual stimulation, his exercise and his socialization done every single day of his life.
And his day does not consist of:
- Obsessive worrying
- Concerns about his body shape or size
- Demands from a boss he cannot please
- Fights with people he loves
He has no room for that soul-crushing business. He has plenty of other things to do. Including taking time to smell the roses.
Okay, I am being a little simplistic here. I'll admit it. But I do think that our dogs can be great role models for good mental and physical health. They live in the moment, and they get things done. When I feel worried about work or relationships or this blog or any number of other things, I look to Liam for guidance. And when I see his serene little face, it makes me feel better.
Do you think it would work for you? I hope so! I'd love to see everyone keep up with the blog thing. And I'd love to see you at BlogPaws this summer in Phoenix. I'll be there! If you're heading over, drop me a note in the comments! And be sure to visit the other blogs in this BlogPaws hop. You'll be glad you did.