“What’s it all about?
Is it just for the moment we live …
I believe in love
Without true love we just exist
Until you find the love you’ve missed – you’re nothing When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you’ll find love any dayWhat’s it all about?”
May’s comment: Sometimes I wonder why I write this blog – every day, twice a day. In fact early on when we started writing someone questioned our intention. And I did ask myself why do I blog? Why does anyone blog? Or write for that matter.
I knew where I was in life when I started this. I wanted to write but was too afraid to be writing in the first person.
When Darcy came into my life, I started to share my experiences with her on my Facebook page. Soon it seemed like my life was taken over by her. And so she did.
I started a Facebook page dedicated to her adventures. When she turned two, I thought it would be fun to write her version of my annual “January Letter” (a newsletter that reflects on the year past that I publish every January and distributed to over 250+ unfortunate recipients!). I did not publish one this year because I had no time to write it, I was blogging 🙂 More interestingly, I felt I was so involved with the current state of things that I have no time to look back. Have I finally learnt to live in the present? Have I embodied ” The Power of Now” – or is it simply because two dogs really did take up a huge chunk of my time!
Anyway, I digress. We wrote “February Letter” (because she was born that month) – a letter from Darcy sharing her life’s adventures to date and sent it to all who had met her. It wasn’t 250+ recipients. More like 25 then but now I am sure she’s nearing that or exceeded my readership!
Written in the same tonality of this blog, we received numerous comments about us writing a book. But alas, a book – I can’t do that! But I can blog! I know how to do that because I was writing one about my own personal transformation www.afterthebeginning.blogspot.com. Of course that suffered too since I started writing for Darcy! 🙂
With encouragement from a successful blogger, I launched a blog about a dog. I did it for myself to satisfy a need to write. I did not in one moment think anyone would care what we have to say!?!?! It’s only a blog about a dog and doggy things! It is not going to change the world.
Well, you know, the usual self-doubt.
Nevertheless I was at a stage in my life to finally do what I fancied doing and not because I had to do it. So I decided to write Miss Darcy’s Adventures. The theme was about our adventures – just Darcy and I going about in our daily lives.
Our adventures began because I felt guilty leaving her at home. I brought her into my life and I could not bear to leave her at home alone while I go about my daily living. It was really my separation anxiety that made me push the boundaries – whether it was running daily errands, shopping, dining or travelling. I had to find places that would accept us. And besides, I rather do things with her than not. I enjoy myself more because I did not feel guilty leaving her behind. I found myself connecting with more people than not. And because it felt just right – the two of us and the world.
Then along came George … and it became another level of challenge! I had to learn to do things with two dogs! And the blog had more dimension!
I did not have a goal when we launched the blog on the 16th May, 2013 – the second anniversary of when Darcy and I met each other. Over time it documented our findings of all things dog friendly as we defiantly pushed boundaries. But as the blog viewership number grew, I became transfixed with reaching numeric goals. We were thrilled when we reached 100,000 views! Woohoo!
Today, a week short of the second anniversary of the blog’s official launch, we reached half a million views. It is a humble number compared to the phenomenons of the internet – but we started with no goals – except to just write.
But what does all this mean? In truth, nothing really except we know that there are people out there who are interested in dog things. That people actually do read what I write – about dogs and emotions about dogs. And they love to look at our photos. We are most grateful that along the way – our world expanded and our views changed. We have met many people, made new friends around the world. We have heard many stories and able to share them here. We laughed at ourselves, cheered for our own success in getting into new places/restaurants and do things that are unexpected of dogs. We cried for others – many happy and sad tears. In a small way, it has fulfilled my desire to write – albeit about a dog’s adventures. I know some people still think blogging does not qualify one to be a “writer” but for now, it’s ok for me.
I also decided early on I did not want the blog to be commercial – and it still isn’t. All the mentions in our postings are simply things we enjoy, believe in and love to share. We do not endorse, nor promote for monetary gains, but simply to tell others about our experiences. The world tends to equate success with monetary gains – so here again I cannot qualify “success” as the world sees it. Instead in this instance, I measure “success” through the happy and grateful messages we receive from our readers, the smiles we’ve brought about, the many friends we’ve made and for the multitude of dog things I had learnt along the way. And thankful for those who have included us in their own ways of making it a better place for dogs in our world.
So what is this all about? It’s a small “milestone” that tells me it’s time to pause and reflect. I don’t want to be driven by numbers. This should only serve to remind me that when I do something out of love and passion – that’s a good start to anything. That this little affirmation can be applied to other things I dream about.
On one of my non-dog outings to a gallery, I found this saying –It’s about being able to imagine, dream and believe. And with love and passion, the dreams and visions can be realised.Thank you for reading our humble writing/blogging about a dog’s daily life. We love and appreciate your messages. It makes the effort worthwhile.