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A Day in the Life of a Blogger

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AllThingsDogBlog.com has an interesting challenge on today’s Mutt Monday post: she’s challenging bloggers to describe the day in the life of a pet blogger.

I’d like to say that many of my days are spent like the photo above, out with the dogs and taking photos. Most days, though are spent like this:

Before I head upstairs to my office (with my supervisor, Felix), my day starts about 7am. John and I usually have a quick breakfast then I walk the dogs for about 45 minutes before it gets too hot while John cleans up from breakfast. Since we’re both at home full-time, we divide up the work, depending on the workload that particular day. Along with DogTipper and CatTipper, we also publish several travel blogs (Lovetripper.com for romantic travel and destination wedding info and DogGoneTexas.com about Texas getaways) and we do freelance writing for travel and pet publications, too, so we do a lot of juggling!

While I walk the dogs, I try to plan out my day a bit in my mind but, as soon as we return home and I feed Irie and Tiki, I head upstairs to check the daily calendar. I really, really try to put everything on my calendar so I don’t forget anything!

Typically my first task is to go through my email. Because we have multiple sites–and have been running sites since 1998 (forever in Internet years!)–we get a LOT of email. I weed through everything and tend to those I need to address immediately, mark others for follow-up, and then turn my attention to the social media accounts. I post a Facebook post most mornings, check on comments and follows, then do the same for Twitter. Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, and YouTube are checked less frequently. I then check on the giveaways and make sure they’re progressing OK, answer any reader questions, and end giveaways if they wrapped up overnight. (During the afternoon, we package prizes, if we’re shipping them, and John takes them to the post office.)

Then it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work! During the morning hours, I try to get a lot of my writing done, whether posts or freelance work. This week our freelance work includes a travel article for a Louisiana travel magazine and our weekly pet360 column about adoption and rescue.

I’ll work until 12:30 then I stop for lunch until 1…then it’s back to the computer! During the afternoon hours, I work on upcoming Event Barkers Twitter parties or other special events, site promotion, additional writing, invoicing, and all the other business aspect to this job. I often do product reviews in the afternoon, too, when I’ll either shoot a video or take photos of the product and write up a review. Right now I’m behind on reviews because we’ve spend a lot of time on our upcoming Texas with Dogs book so I’ll be doing a lot of afternoon reviews this week!

Speaking of the book, we’re currently receiving chapters from the publisher to check. We carefully check the typeset chapters for any errors the copy editor might have missed. We’re also indexing the book as we go. That project should wrap up very shortly then we’ll be turning our attention to promotional plans for the book, which will be out on Nov. 1.

Most days, I work until about 6pm but, on Wednesdays, I stop earlier to get ready for the week’s DOG TRAVEL EXPERTS show. I stop and make plans for the show, check in with guests, and make an early dinner. The evening dog walk takes places after dinner during the summer months when it’s a LITTLE cooler.

Whether there’s a radio show that night or not, I usually return to work about 7:30 or 8pm and work until 10:30pm. It’s a very full day, seven days a week!

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Jessica Sala

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

You sound like me! I run from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning until they climb back in that bed! :) Wouldn't trade it for the world :)

Paris & John

Saturday 10th of August 2013

Yes, I think we're lucky...and we're never watching the clock and never bored!!

catchatcaren

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

Paris I honestly don't understand how you and John handle everything as seamlessly as you do! I have only TWO blogs and often can't keep up. Maybe that is one of the perks from having been in the industry since 1998? You have your routine down pat! I'm in awe!

Paris & John

Saturday 10th of August 2013

We do a LOT of juggling...but I have to say it keeps it all interesting!!

andilee

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

exactly why i don't work for myself it s allot of work 7 days a week! KUDOS to you and hubby for making it successful

Paris & John

Saturday 10th of August 2013

Thank you!! I think self-employment is more work than many people realize (and I'm still determined to give us some days off this autumn to take an extended vacation with the dogs! Even with the best jobs, you need a little down time now and then!)

Jack Lucas

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

Well, that is quite a work week. My schedule is a bit more undisciplined but I am trying to have a more regular schedule. One thing for certain, there is not much spare time.

I am new to your blog and look forward to getting to know it better.

- Jack

Paris & John

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

Thanks, Jack!! It is a busy week but we're SO lucky to get to work at home surrounded by our dogs and cats!!

Carol Bryant

Monday 5th of August 2013

I am with you there and busy round the clock but have learned to take scheduled breaks - busy bloggers unite!

Paris & John

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

One of my New Year's resolutions was to STOP working after dinner. I'm still working on that! I'm very happy that I stick to the twice-daily dog walk schedule, though. As great as it is for the dogs, I think it's even better for me!!

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