Monday, January 10, 2011

Pet Blogger Challenge

Pet Blogger Challenge

1. When did you begin your blog?

I was asked to blog for in 04 by the editor who was a student in one of my classes. This last year I branched out to Raising and to my own blog on blogger.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

We moved to Maine from Massachusetts in the fall of 2001 with 3 kids. My youngest was only 2 weeks old. In Mass I had an established business, but it took me quite a while to get my name and dog training business known in Maine. As a rule people in Maine don't embrace outsiders coming in --especially from Massachusetts, where we are all known collectively as Massholes. Blogging I hoped, would be a back door, way for people to learn about me and my positive training philosophies.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Pretty much but over the years I have really learned to love sharing stories and photos and I do it for my soul now as well as the frying pan.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

Free spirit here!

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

I blogged for years and years for free, but became a  featured blogger on Maine Today about 2 years ago.  I am  paid a small fee. It is unlikely I will host ads on the blogger site, but I would never say never.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

Blogging has rescued me from "Mommie brain." Blogging has been a great source of connections. The Internet is powerful tool.

7. What do you like least?

Fruit cakes and trolls and Animal rights extremists and spam.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

I have been toying with the idea of give aways for quite some time, and plan to host a few contests this year with way cool prizes. More photos!

Thanks to Amy at for the concept.  Click the badge FMI


Lori @ According to Gus said...

I enjoyed reading more about your blog. I'm still chuckling over Massholes :D

Pup Fan said...

Stopping by on the hop... enjoyed reading your post!

Michelle Maskaly said...

I love your answer to question 6. :)

Amy said...

Thank you for participating! Massholes - I love that.

Daisy's Mom said...

Ha! Massholes! I had not heard that one before!

I learned a few new things about you! I like that you fit the "free spirit" form of blogging. Maybe that's why I enjoy your posts so much!

gooddogz said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by and your kind words. BTW, I never even heard the term Masshole until I moved here. Now I use it all the time!

Edie said...

Thanks for joining in! Apparently Arizonans are known as Zonies to people in California -- and it's not a term of endearment -- but not quite as unsubtle as Massholes...

Edie said...

Thanks for taking part! People from Arizona are called Zonies by people in California -- not flattering, but not nearly as derogatory as Massholes.

Debbie Jacobs said...

Now you're a Maine-iac!

gooddogz said...

In Maine, unless you are born here, you are known forever as "from away." Deb, I could be a Maine-iac, but once a Masshole, always a Masshole. Or so I am told, expecially when we are driving.

KimT said...

Interesting terms - for an Illinoisan, who hears gripes about "cheeseheads"...Massholes really takes tops! lol Great to meet you!!

Ruff Toy Reviews said...

Ahem, I am from Massachusetts too! Love your blog, and I hope you successful in Maine even if you are "from away"

Vicky said...

Very much enjoyed reading your thoughts on the challenge. Nice to meet you!

Unknown said...

My hometown, Ithaca NY is very transient. The old timers like to give direction to newbies by referring to reference points that don't exist any more. As in, turn right where the old Morris Menswear store used to be.

Glad you joined the challenge. And good luck in your work. After 80 or 100 years, no one will remember you weren't born in Maine.