There are many ways to fail at the enterprise of dog blogging.
You can simply not know what you’re talking about. You can fail to do your homework.
But the worst way is to allow your writing to become nothing more than a series of vendettas against perceived and real enemies.
It’s very easy to do. We live in a country in which actual fundamentalist religious beliefs, despite the popular perception, are actually on the wane. Even people who claim to believe the Bible in total actually do not.
As that kind of belief has started its slow erosion in the West, it has been replaced by a series of what I call “ersatz religions.” These religions are not necessarily supernatural in their mindset, but they are often quite dogmatic and even a touch fundamentalist.
Dogs are one of these ersatz religions, and unfortunately, this aspect of dogs is one that is not properly understood.
But there is nothing that can mess up one’s understanding of dogs than the way these dogmas taint almost all information one reads about them.
It’s what makes the dog world so difficult to understand. The people who are in dogs are both consciously and unconsciously trying to shape agendas, so it’s actually hard to figure out exactly what is going on.
However, once you realize that this is what’s actually happening, you can pull back a seat, pop some corn, and watch the freak show unfold before you.
Yes. It’s a freak show.
One thing I promise you that I will not do is allow my blog to be turned over to my personal vendetta site.
At one time, I could get stroppy with other people on other blogs, but I’ve had enough.
Enough people read my own crap, so why do I need to prove myself anywhere else?
I’ve been at this long enough to see “dog blogs” rise and fall, and the worst way they fall is when they become nothing more than passive aggressive prose aimed at those who you think have wrong you.
It is my one bit of advice to anyone wanting to set up a blog like mine. I’m glad that others are interested in getting their ideas out there, but just watch the vendettas.
The vendettas can consume you until you become a hollow shell of a blog– and all your ideas become nothing but a caricature of what was once insight.
Remember why you’re doing this.
Don’t let the vendettas eat you alive.
I know this because I almost let a vendetta destroy this blog.
I’m glad I stopped the bleeding while I could.
Don’t follow in my shoes.
Just write about the dogs and to hell with everyone else!