Why Owning a Dog Makes Me a Better Freelance Blogger

Before hiring a freelance blogger, you should make sure they own a dog. Seriously. Pet ownership is an essential part to being a top blogger.

kenjiMy fox like dog gets away with murder, but he gives me plenty in return. Not only does he fill my heart with joy, but he makes me a better blogger. That’s right, my four-legged Shiba Inu Kenji is sometimes my muse. Here’s why owning a dog has made me a better blogger.

Walking.
The power of walking can’t be overstated. It’s a time to clear your mind, breathe in some fresh Oxygen and get your blood flowing. Without exercise, I find that my blogging productivity drops dramatically. Owning a dog (especially a Shiba) gets me out of the house on walks at least five times a day. No excuses! If we don’t walk, then Kenji doesn’t go to the bathroom, and if Kenji doesn’t go to the bathroom, he’s not a happy camper.

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Plus our walks help tire a dog out (and this blogger!). Intelligent breed like my Shiba have very active minds (again, so does this blogger!). Without sufficient exercise they can become sad, destructive and unfriendly. I think the same can be set for an under-exercised blogger.

Structure.
I’ve watched enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand that giving your dog a routine is imperative to a healthy pet-human relationship. Raising a dog requires structure and growing a successful blog does too. Your dog needs to be able to differentiate business from pleasure, poopy time from mealtime – and so do you. Well, you know what I mean. I like to carve out time to write my blog entries, read other blogs, answer comments, etc. The more structured my blogging schedule, the easier it is to stay on track and avoid blogger’s block. Plus, it means I deliver solid blogging work on time, every time.

Picking Up Poop.
It’s a dirty job, one that was almost a deal breaker when deciding whether or not to get a dog. But when you put it in perspective, at two poops a day, I’m only spending a few minutes a month picking up crap. Someone out there is doing it as a full-time job, and that helps remind me that I have it pretty good! Whether I’m toiling at the office or racing to meet a blog deadline, things aren’t that bad!  When hiring a freelance blogger, you want to find someone who is not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Another Perspective.
Freelance bloggers are constantly tapping into their own experiences to craft blog posts that we hope will engage the reader. If you are a prolific blogger, writing incessantly, you will come to a point where you can no longer stand yourself. At some point, everyone’s perspective needs to be broadened, and owning a dog has helped me look at things differently. When I write a post I will re-read it and try to view it from other angles. This not only helps round out my posts, but will often lead to future post ideas. It might sound silly, but when I’m with Kenji, I sometimes try to see things as he sees them. This insight makes me a better “master,” and ultimately, a better blogger.

Relax.
It’s often stated that pet ownership helps people relax by keeping their blood pressure down and reducing anxiety. I agree! Dog ownership has had a calming effect that has helped me stay balanced, therefore resulting in better blogging.

So before you hire a freelance blogger and ask all of those essential questions, ask if they own a dog too!

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