I started this blog (actually on my freelancing website at the time â€“ nycgadgetgirl.com) in August 2004, when Snick wasnâ€™t quite a year old. For the next four years, I blogged a good bit. Living in Hellâ€™s Kitchen with my young daughter and dogs, I had amusing things to write about. I met fascinating people. Crazy things happened. I started a Shiba meetup group. I started a Shiba rescue. I fostered dogs. We had run ins with tourists and homeless people. Snick charmed strangers on the street. Life was interesting.
In 2008, we moved to Indiana for seven months. While I was there, the website moved to jennaandsnickers.com and became more about education. Snick and I joined a training club. I started writing about training, behavior, and humane education. The idea for Animals Who Educate was born.
We moved back to NY. I had plenty of things to write about. Snick started an online newspaper, and I built up his facebook and twitter followings to support the eventual launch of Animals Who Educate.
But in 2010, I moved to Mississippi to help my parents with the family business. I tried for a while to keep the blog going. I have a long list of half written posts, ideas for posts, requests for posts, etc. I have one about Shiba sports thatâ€™s been finished except for the proof reading for about 2 years now. I donâ€™t have time to write and certainly donâ€™t have time for â€œbrand buildingâ€ on social media â€“ Snickâ€™s facebook and twitter accounts languish unused for months at a time. Sometimes it takes weeks for me to answer comments or emails that come through the website. So, today, I removed my contact page and turned off comments on old posts. Iâ€™ll leave the site up, because a few of our informative posts still get a lot of traffic. I may pull out an old draft and post something occasionally, but there wonâ€™t be any rhyme or reason to it.
Maybe in another ten years, Iâ€™ll start writing again. You never know what might happen.