Blogging has taken on a life of its own. While it started as a way to journal online, it has transformed into a way to market brands or products; or publicize important news. Ever heard of the Huffington Post? My blog is an amalgamation of all three. I’m incredibly proud of it.
I received a lovely surprise recently! Bridle & Bone was nominated by For the Love of Paws for the Blogger Recognition Award- Pet Edition 2017. I am extremely humbled and honored. Thank you Shelby!
What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is awarded to bloggers by bloggers who appreciate the hard work, dedication, and vast amount of hours we all put into each and every post.
In order to accept this award, I must nominate 15 other bloggers, that I feel are also deserving of the award. The rules listed are as follows:
- Thank the nominating blogger.
- Respond to the nominating blogger with a link to this post on their blog.
- Write a post about the award.
- Share a story of how and why you started your blog.
- Offer at least two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Pass on the nomination to another 15 bloggers.
Bridle & Bone’s Beginning
I started my blog in December 2016 because my client’s demanded it. Only kidding. Well, just a little bit. My day job is working as an equine and canine sports massage therapist. I receive a lot of questions from client’s owners about best practices before and after massage, and about the use of essential oils that we use in our practice.
So despite my being nervous to reveal my writing to the world- Bridle & Bone was born. Ironically, my first post was not about my business but about my personal journey. The scariest possible blog post, and the original Confession of a Timid Rider, that started it all.
Advice for New Bloggers
It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint
You will look back a few months on, and cringe at your first posts. Not because they were bad per se, but because you learned so much in such a short time. Hint- you can go back and edit them. Blogging has taught me to have confidence in my voice and how to self-edit. *Gasp!*
You Are Not Alone
One of the best things I did early on was find a community of other equestrian and pet bloggers. I cannot tell you how priceless this has been for me as a fledgling blogger. I ask questions, sometimes answer questions, and share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Pet blogging, and especially equestrian blogging, is a small yet global community. Embrace it.
BlogPaws, The Premier Online Social Media Company for Pets and Their People. A community of global pet bloggers and influences with an annual conference not to be missed. While the focus is primarily cats and dogs they embrace other animals like ferrets, rats, and horses too. I attended my first BlogPaws conference this year and have learned a vast amount about my blog and made some amazing friends. Never attended a BlogPaws conference before? Learn what to expect from the Newbie Perspective.
American Horse Publications. American Horse Publications (AHP) strives to be the primary source of education, resources and networking for the equine media community in the US. I joined this year on a recommendation from Susan Friedland-Smith of Saddle Seeks Horse. I sadly was unable to attend the annual conference but have plans to do so in next year.
Haynet, Telling Your Stories From the Stables to the Fields. A UK-based equestrian and country living blog network. This has been a wonderful group to meet other equestrians around the world. Haynet has it’s own Twitter handle #horsebloggers and also has two awards through their partnership with digital marketing agency, MirrorMePR: Country Style Blogger of the Year and Equestrian Blogger of the Year.
The 15 equestrian and pet blogs I have chosen are ones that I personally follow and interact. These people and pets have made a difference in my life and how I run my blog. These bloggers are a support system and an inspiration.
If you have a sense of humor and love animal rescue, this is the blog for you. Go hang with them at the hydrant.
Small dogs, beer, and hilarity ensure when your dog walks into a bar.
DIY, Fashionable dog mom, and so much more.
Come wag along with Kia Chambers and her busy family. She does it all!
Only the super hero Chihuahua of Instagram fame. Did you know he can write too? His sarcasm is not to be beat.
Do you love to travel with your dogs? Visit this site for amazing photography and honest opinions on traveling with pets.
Hard not to be broke when living in NYC. See what this Brooklyn dog thinks about living life as cheaply as possible, without losing his flair. You’ll want to visit for the photography alone.
Kind and compassionate horse training not only works but provides beautiful results.
Not only eventing updates from UK-based blogger, Sophie Tunnah, but interviews and blogger support as well. Winner of the 2016 Haynet Equestrian Blogger of the Year.
Follow Tina Wallace and Banksy on their eventing adventures. Tina uses a lot of video and is quite funny!
Follow Susan and her beautiful Knight on their amateur adventures in Southern California. She provides some amazing product and book reviews as well!
Raquel Lynn is western fashion, decor, and horses. She knows how to do it all.
Dressage riding two different horses and making it all look good. She started it all as a way to document her training rides, and now the world can follow along.
Australian nutritionist and dressage rider, follow Andrea Parker and all she has to offer equestrians around the world.
One of the first equestrian blogs I followed. Alyssa is a new mom and is passionate about horses, especially Spike, who has lordosis. She no longer rides him and is started riding again after 2 years out of the saddle.
There are so many other blogs that I love, but sadly I cannot list them all. We’d be here for pages and pages. Perhaps you have the time, but I don’t. Whether you like horses or dogs, there are so many amazing publications to visit and follow. So please do so. Have you supported a new blog lately?