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That doesn't mean I don't care about any of those things, but I just chose to not write about them too often. Why? Well, I don't know about you guys but I see a lot of that stuff in my Facebook and Twitter feed already. I'd rather just keep my blog an upbeat place, I guess you could say. And when I do write about this kind of stuff, I try to do it in a "nice" way.
Every now and then, I'll see something that really reaches out to me. Something that I just have to speak up about. This was the case in September 2014. I got so tired of seeing advocates of animals posting photos that didn't match up with their stories and I wrote an article titled "How Important Is Credibility as an Advocate for Animals?". This post was indeed out of my comfort zone and isn't one of my usual topics.
What bugged me the most I think was the photo of Veterinary Students spaying cats floating around the internet. There were so many animal advocates sharing this photo claiming that the photo was of animals being tested in a cosmetic laboratory. I didn't even need to do any research and I knew that was untrue. (I did research it, to make sure of course.)
So many people believe it too. I know it's untrue because I know what a cat spay looks like. But, if a trusted animal advocate posts the photo and claims that it's "cats being tested in a cosmetic lab" why wouldn't your average everyday person believe it? These people know what they are talking about, right?
But anyways, I should step off my soap box, because I've already written that blog post. The point of this post is that sometimes, it pays to step outside of your comfort zone. As many of you already know, I am now a Finalist in the 2015 BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Nose-to-Nose Awards for writing that blog post. If I hadn't stepped outside of my comfort zone, I would never be in this position.
The BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards are deemed the highest honor that a Pet Blogger can achieve. I know I haven't won yet, but even just being a Finalist is exhilarating to say the least.
Last week, I had my first official interview with a local publication about my BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards nomination. My interview will be published in The Austin Pets Directory mid-April. Don't worry, I'll share it with you guys when it happens. It was weird being interviewed, but definitely a fun experience.
Will I be at the red carpet event to watch the announcement of the winners in Nashville this May? Still, this is unkown for me. Even more so than being a Finalist, I would love to attend the BlogPaws conference. I've always wanted to attend.
So why not? It's complicated, this year especially. My biggest problem is convincing my significant other to let me go alone. Silly - yes, I know.
IF I can achieve this, then I will need to land a sponsorship to attend the conference. That part sounds easier to me, and I feel like I could totally make that happen. Said significant other's work closed down unexpectedly about two weeks ago, and we've had to dip into some of the money I had saved up from my blogging work. There is no way I can afford to go on my own now.
And lastly, there are my children. Finding a babysitter for them would be a challenge, since my mother passed away a few months ago. Their dad could watch them if he's still unemployed then, but I don't know how long his unemployment will last.
Challenges and all, I still hope to attend the Conference. And, I will try my hardest to make it happen too!
My readers and followers are my biggest inspiration. I sometimes get emails from people saying "I inspire them", and I find it truly touching. But really, all of YOU are the biggest inspiration anyone could ask for. So, for that I just want to say thanks. And I'd also like to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone every now and then. Stand up for what you believe in. It really does pay. :)
Here's to seeing you all in Nashville this May (hopefully).