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I’m Not Dead – Pet Travel Blog On Break

You may have noticed that the past month or so has been pretty quiet here on the blog. I wish I could tell you that we’ve been out having too much fun and there’s been no time to write, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Most of the past month has been spent in bed, recovering from a bulging disc in my lower back.

Sick dog with bandages lying on bed

The dogs have been ignored. The blog has been neglected. I’ve haven’t been able to visit my blogging friends. In fact, trips to the chiropractor have been my only diversion.

That being said, some good things have come from this forced hiatus. I’ve had time to think about the aspects of the blog that I enjoy. I’ve contemplated the challenges of writing a pet travel blog when you’re stationary for the winter months. I had the chance to see what happens to the blog traffic when I’m barely able to make an appearance for more than a month. And, I was able to focus on where I want to see things go in 2013.

In the hustle and bustle of our normal day, it’s not easy to step back and think about our goals to make sure we’re allocating our time effectively. So, this bulging disc was a blessing in disguise. In the quiet hours spent looking at the ceiling, I decided that I would choose two goals for the new year … one personal and one for the business. Choosing only two objectives for the whole year means you have to weed out a bunch of superfluous resolutions and hone on what’s really important. Here’s what I came up with:

For myself – My goal is to do more of the things that bring me joy: doing yoga, reading a book just for fun, taking a walk with Rod and the dogs, spending time with friends, eating good food, experiencing new places.

For the business – My goal is to increase traffic to the GoPetFriendly.com website by 100%.

Taking this to it’s logical conclusion, my litmus test for whether or not to do something in 2013 is: will it increase traffic to GoPetFriendly.com or will it bring me joy? If the answer is no, chances are I won’t be doing it. That means you’ll see some changes here on the blog … but we’ll talk more about that on Thursday for the Pet Blogger Challenge!

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  • Oh, you poor thing. My hubby has a protruding cervical disc and he was incapacitated for months and still cant push a supermarket trolley. So you take care Amy B. I reckon the blog and even the dogs will have to take a back seat when it comes to your health. Did I mention your hubby? ;)Today is Jan 10th. I’m going to see what questions you’ve put up for us! X

  • Oh no! Sorry to hear you are not feeling well! I love your litmus test for your posts in 2013. I hope you don’t mind if I steal that!! :) Looking forward to the Pet Blogger Challenge tomorrow. It’s my first time! Feel better. Trips to the chiro are no fun.

  • Hi Amy, Having been there, done that with my own back, I feel for you. Good luck and feel better fast. And for goodness sake, don’t push yourself too hard!

  • Oh Amy! I’m so sorry to hear you’re ouching, and happy only that you have found the time to contemplate where you’re headed. Thanks for sponsoring this event and best wishes for feeling better soon.

  • Ouch! Bad backs suck. Hope you feel better soon and can start doing some of those things you discussed. I look forward to reading your Pet Blogger Challenge post.

  • I stopped by from Twitter, I read you twitter and blog often but haven’t commented. I’m so sorry to hear about your back, I am not good at just laying either. I hope you will heal well, but soon. With two Newfs I go to the Chiro. Often but no serious injuries. I have a weak lower back so I wear a lower back brace for long walks or woods walks it really helps. Sounds like you have some fun things planned for the new year. Hope they work out well:)Tylersat99

  • Amy, I hope you are feeling better. I love the blog and send many people to search for hotels and other travel arraignments to it. I can relate to not wanting to wait until things heal and causing a longer delay in healing. I started to catch up on some reading so I would stop doing too much. Looking forward to what you will bring to us in 2013, whatever you decide I know it will be good.

  • That horrible news about your back but I am so glad you are slowly recovering. I am sure this was not at all how you pictured spending your holiday or time with your family. It takes a strong mind to come up with something positive at the end of it all and I am in awe of your two clear goals. They are sound ones indeed. I hope 2013 brings you fantastic results for your hard work!

  • Yikes! That sounds awful. I hope it’s not too painful. I’m a big baby, so I want to crawl under a rock just thinking about it. I hope you feel better soon!

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