We’re celebrating because our blog postings have been read over 1,000,000 times!!!!
May’s comment: We challenged ourselves to set a goal of a million views before the third anniversary of our blog in mid-May 2016. So we’re pleased that it reached 1,000,000 on Monday, 22 February. Although it is just a number, it does make us feel good that all the effort put into it on a daily basis has an audience. And we hope that the number translated into 1,000,000 smiles we’ve put on our reader’s faces – though we’ve also made you cry.
In the world of social media, this is nothing to write home about. But we’re just a blog about “a girl and her dog”, not anything newsworthy – just a cute dog and a crazy owner who wanted to write. And then a little mutt joined us. George in his own little way had significantly increased our readership – he has his own fan base.
We started writing this blog simply because I like to write. When Darcy entered my life she seemed to have overtaken my Facebook page postings – as a friend said – it looked like my page has been sabotaged! My non-doggy owner friends thought I had gone bonkers. So I decided to make them think I am really bonkers by creating her own Facebook page – which has more friends than I do! The Facebook page then turned into a blog.
We have remained true to our objective – to share our adventures as a city dog exploring city life and venturing out to the countryside for reprieve and crossing borders, reinforcing the notion that all is not bad out there – it can be quite a dog-friendly world. To just share our experiences, the good things, funny things and worthwhile things.
As our reach grew, spanning over 176 countries, we knew we had a responsibility to help in any way to spread news whenever we needed to.
OK, now we can chill. LOL! That’s one good thing about achieving goals – to let up and enjoy the rest of the ride. Or maybe now achieve 1,000,000 sessions by 2018 – we’re only at 500,000. (NO!!!!! Stop it! – says Darcy and George – let’s go to the parks more often!)
All this would not have been possible if not for the encouragement of one person whom I had met by coincidence. Sebastien was then already a successful blogger when he took the time to explain to me how to make a blog work. He was encouraging and supportive. He gave me basic tips. One of the things he told me was to grow a few layers of skin. I think I have though only very thin ones. Still feel the sting sometimes but I have learnt not to dwell on them.
Writing every day for almost three years – albeit sometimes about little things, takes time, commitment, energy and long hours in front of the computer and adopting an annoying photo taking habit. But it didn’t feel like it’s been that long because I’ve really enjoyed most of it! I’m most proud that it has also been able to help causes.
It’s a journey – and a really enjoyable one! But we would never have achieved our goal if not for you – reading our blog! Thank you.