Today I learned Places for Pups made the “Top 100 Pet Blogs!” Even though our journey began only five short months ago, Feedspot has “recognized our contribution to this world” by adding us to the comprehensive list of top pet blogs. Personally I had no idea there were so many pets floating around out there. I recognized a couple of blogs on the list, and need to checkout a few others in our niche. We are a bit late to the party, but we thank you for recognizing our adventure.
Normally, I write about dog friendly hiking near me, and post tons of photos of Abbey. Sometimes I write about dog friendly restaurants we have visited. Once in awhile I write about dog products Abbey uses on a consistent basis. This article will deviate from the norm because of recent events. Today I would like to discuss the direction of Places for Pups, and share extra information about Abbey. Let’s begin with the latter.
Adventures by Abbey
Abbey has been the main motivation for this blog. She is 2.5 years old, and has been hiking around San Antonio all year. You can learn a small amount about her background on our biographical page. Abbey is without a doubt the best dog ever. She is extremely well behaved, loves to exercise, does not get into trouble, knows when something is wrong, and is easy to train. She is a San Antonio dog, and loves to bathe in the hot sun.
We quickly bonded due to our mutual love for hiking outdoors. Abbey loves walking, sniffing, and riding in the car. A hike is the best of all three. We have hiked all over San Antonio this year, and into the surrounding Hill Country of Texas. As far as I can tell, she has walked more steps this year than some domestic dogs walk in a lifetime. We have yet to go beyond five miles in one day, but now that it is getting cooler here, we can begin to move up the ladder (or hill as Hill Country would have it).
With my personal training background and her love for activity, we seem to work very well together. I’ve been considering other possible activities we could include on this blog:
- Weight training
- Roller blading
- Partner exercises
- Dog agility
There are definitely a lot of things to do with your dog. In our case it will simply be a matter of finding the ones Abbey likes to do, and can do well. You can stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter in the footer, finding Places for Pups on Pinterest, or by following @adventuresbyabbey on Instagram.
Places for Pups
I chose this name because I wanted to discuss dog friendly things here. I did not restrict content to our current location because I want places from all over the world to be included here. Before I began this blog I attempted to look up dog friendly places in the search engines, and found them lacking. In my opinion, I was reading content which was not providing very detailed, or useable information. Basically, the search results were feeding me generic information.
I decided to write about our personal experiences, and post a plethora of pics. Being the detail oriented person I am, I include as many details of the experiences as I can. This I find, is much more useful than a generic review of a product, or place. However, most people may not agree in this social media driven age. In fact, one of my first articles was about blogging in 2019.
I had some experience with blogging 10 years ago, and I wondered if it was even relevant anymore. I’ve seen a few pet blogs doing quite well, but they have been around for some time. Can a brand new blog have any kind of impact these days? Most people seem to be more interested in social media scrolling than reading 1,000 words on a given subject. Yes, I average over 1,000 words per post, while many blogs give you a few hundred. In fact, when I began this article I assumed it wouldn’t even be close to 1,000 words, yet here we are. I suppose, you have to love what you are good at even if other people do not!
The Only Way Forward
We appreciate being recognized as one of the top 100 pet blogs, but we still have miles to go. We’re getting visits from several social media sources, but our site is still missing some vital components.
- Organic traffic
- Product or service
- Guest posting
These are four important things Places for Pups currently needs. We are barely getting noticed in search results. I know it takes time, but c’mon – we’ve got some unique content here that is beneficial to people with dogs. Once we get recognized in the search engines the rest will follow suit.
We do not have a product, or service. This is something we definitely need because I’m not big on being an affiliate, and don’t care for ads. I want to create something beneficial to dogs, and those who have them, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it. Here are a few potential directions:
- Designing dog hoodies
- A mess proof dog bowl
- Dog walking
- Hiking tours
- Dog poop fairy signs (HA!)
Places for Pups receives many visits directly from social media sites. However, this has not resulted in much discussion. We want people to discuss the content provided here. Why do people leave without commenting? Perhaps they do not reach the comment box, don’t have anything good to say, or cannot relate to the content? Either way, we are sharing information which should encourage objective and subjective comments.
Places for Pups is about locations where dogs eat, exercise, and have fun being dogs. Most large cities have such places, and if dogs are going places in those cities we want to know. We encourage you to share your adventures here. You may also comment on topics which already exist, but there is always the option of providing original content in the form of an article.
What Comes After 100?
We are very close to 100 articles on Places for Pups already. Sadly, it did not coincide with our being recognized within the top 100 pet blogs. It’s all good though. We may be young, but we have built a solid foundation from which to work. Authors, discussion, and products will come with time. Pet blogs are in right now. Our time is coming…
In conclusion, we would like to thank Feedspot again for including Places for Pups in the list of top 100 pet blogs. They make it easy to access your favorite content from all over the web in one place. I will be using their site to find content about dog friendly places because that is what we talk about here.
Don’t forget to follow Abbey (aka the best dog ever) on Instagram.
Meanwhile, we will be gaining more ground and tracking our steps on the trails. I wrote my first comprehensive guide for hiking in San Antonio earlier this year. Perhaps the Texas Hill Country will be next?
I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it.
We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site.
Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly. I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.