I barely had my “Taking a Break” post published before I had my answer to my quandary of where to go with the blog. Even by the time I posted that, I had a good idea of what direction I would be heading. However, I still thought it would be prudent to take some time off to see how I really felt.
I couldn’t break away from blogging completely….I was still visiting other blogs (though quietly, not really commenting too much), replying to comments on my last post, listing topic ideas, and checking social media. Luke and I would be out on walks, and I’d be taking the camera out to get him to pose for photos; then I’d remember that I was not writing so didn’t need photos!
I did better my second week off since I was busy with a lot of other things; but I was still working on my drafts a bit. I’ve enjoyed the time with not having to worry about when I got things done though!
I already knew deep down that I wanted to keep blogging, but I also knew deep down that it was time to let Wag ‘n Woof Pets go. Things have simply changed too much, and most of the original blog doesn’t fit with where I plan to go from here.
I knew I somehow wanted to keep something going for the farm though, and when my blog friend Joy suggested writing a blog as part of a website for my shop, I knew that was the last piece of the puzzle I needed to tie it all together. I hadn’t started a website for the shop yet since I don’t plan to sell online at this time, and because I didn’t want the added expense. However, I think it’s still a good idea to have a place where local people can get information on the shop, and if I can just switch to a new website address there will be little added expense there.
I was able to fix what was broken on my blog, even though some things unintentionally got changed in the process. Those are things that won’t go with the new website anyway, so that’s OK. In that process I learned some new things, and my hope is that I can make most of the changes I want myself. The big one, of moving all the old content to a new URL “AFarmGirlsFinds.com”, I may need to hire help for, but I hope I can handle all the design changes myself. One thing that is important to me is to not lose all the old Wag ‘n Woof content, but to be able to have it archived on the new site.
The website will be home for my shop and for Barking Dog Organic Farm as well, and I will be blogging about the farm on the website and that will include Luke of course. He is the official “barking dog” after all, and he takes that job seriously!
It will be a process that will take some time, so after one or two more posts, I’ll probably be off again for a while. All Wag ‘n Woof Pets social media will change….I may lose my content on Facebook, but I hope to merge that page with Barking Dog Organic Farm and at least retain my followers (if Facebook will let me). Truthfully, I didn’t have much original content on our FB page anyway, I mostly just shared my blog post links on there. Our Instagram page will change over to the Farm (I already have separate FB and Instagram for my shop and those will remain the same), as well as Pinterest.
I don’t do a lot with Twitter either, but I enjoy following things on there. There are tons of dogs out there with their own Twitter pages, so I decided that if I can, I will hand my Twitter page over to Luke and he will oversee that! I will most likely rename it “Farm Dog Luke” or something fun like that.
It’s been fun working all this out, mostly in my head so far, with scribbled notes on a pad. I appreciate everyone’s support and knowing that you will still be interested in reading about our farm life. There are still some details to iron out, and hopefully I can do everything the way I want to.
I am happy with my decision and look forward to writing for the new website as soon as I can! I have one last post to write for Wag ‘n Woof Pets that I’ve been saving for 8 years, and then we’ll probably say a little goodbye to the old crew.
I appreciate those who are sticking with us through all this! I am thankful for everyone who gave me encouragement to keep going, albeit differently. ♥
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