Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dog Moms Who Knit #ThankfulThursday

Is it really Thursday already?
Are you a Dog Mom (or Dad) who knits?
Are we getting more snow this weekend?

Those are just a few of the questions I'm pondering this morning.  I'm not sure how we made it to Thursday already, but I also don't really care.  A dear friend of mine used to refer to Thursday as "Little Friday," but these days Thursday is my Friday when it comes to the day job.  And yes, that makes the Lapdogs very happy.

I'm wondering how many of you can relate to the "u mooovvvv dat from ur lapz so Iz can getz in" look?

Doberman Puppy Wants to Sit in Mommy's Lap - Lapdog Creations

Even if you don't knit, I'm sure you can relate.  Penny's need to cuddle easily adapts to any pastime... just replace my yarn and needles with your book / tablet / magazine, bead working, needlepoint... maybe even one of those adult coloring books that's all the rage (I've got three that have yet to be cracked open).

Besides the fact that today is Thankful Thursday, and both knitting and cuddly dogs top my list every week, I am hoping to learn more about YOU, my readers, today.  




I am participating in a blogger challenge along with many other dog lifestyle bloggers, and need your input with one of my first exercises.... pretty please!?   

Our first challenge was to determine what our top posts were from the past year.  Shockingly, 2 of my top 5 viewed posts in 2015 were several years old (both of which were reviews), but even more shocking were the top keywords and phrases that people used to find my blog.

This is where I could really use your feedback.

We were asked to determine the top 5 phrases we wanted to be known for, and quite frankly, I'm having a bit of a hard time deciding what those key search terms should be for Lapdog Creations.  

I don't have a breed specific or health issue to blog about, as many other pet bloggers do (deaf dogs, Goldens, dogs with wheel chairs, groomers, etc.), and it seems "dog lifestyle blogger" is way too generic. So...

What do you like to read about?
Why do you visit Lapdog Creations?
What would you like to see me write more (or less!) about?

I have a few terms I'm playing with - rescued dogs, dogs and knitting, dog nutrition - and of course dog product reviews will continue to be a big part of my content. If we continue on with Penny's formal training, I can include that as well.  But, I'd really like to know what you think of when you think of Lapdog Creations, and most importantly what you want to read more about. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciate!

Back to the knitting and Thankful Thursday portion of today's post...

I really can't complain about the need for cuddles.  While "the exchange" (remove knitting, insert 10 month old Doberman puppy) happens from time to time, I'm fortunate that my favorite knitting time happens much more often...

knitting with a cuddly Doberman puppy next to me - Lapdog Creations

Doberman Puppy Knitting Alaskan Chocolate - Lapdog Creations

And occasionally, I even manage to end up with the elusive "finished object." This was the end result from the "Mama mooovv dat so I canz getz in ur laaap" pic above...

knitting yarn needles handmade scarf handknit - Lapdog Creations
PS - What do you think of the new look of Lapdog Creations?  As part of the challenge, I adapted a "cleaner" look.  I'm not completely sure what I think of it just yet...

18 comments:

Golden Daily Scoop said...

It looks like you have some knitting buddies to keep you company! :) We love to visit your blog to see what the lapdogs are up to! p.s. I see you have your share button back, yay!! I love them!!

sue said...

I like seeing what the puppies are up to so I always read the Lapdog Blog..and of course love the pics.

Groovy Goldendoodles said...

For me - I like the variety of subjects you cover. I especially adore any and all Penny stories :) Hope that helps...

Abby Chesnut said...

Love the dogs and knitting topic. That is not something you see often :)

Deb Barnes said...

I love to crochet at my house and it is a wonderful time to bond with my kitties as they "help" me. I like how you are asking your readers what they feel your key words are about your blog - great idea! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties

Sue said...

We check in because we feel like we know you and the lapdogs. We want to see what mischief you've all been up to. We like the reviews and the health and nutrition news. We like to see the knitting wips and see the furry models wearing the finished items.

Sue said...

Oh yeah, Mom likes to see pictures of lobster sandwiches.

Val Silver said...

I have two left hands when it comes to knitting and crocheting. Mom grandmother tried to teach me - she was awesome and I still have the the cover she made for my bed. Have you heard of the snuggles project? May be fun to come up with patterns for that?

Ann Staub said...

I don't knit, but I love seeing the creations of others. My 11 year old daughter is in the knitting club at school. Maybe she can teach me one day.

M. K. Clinton said...

I love your cleaner look! My daughter crochets and has made the boys their own neck scarves. I love knitted and crocheted things so I am glad that she enjoys making things for us.

Carleenp said...

Love your scarf! I used to knit many years ago. I should try it again!

MattieDog said...

I like the more streamlined look and I enjoy reading your blog (and looking at your snazzy neck scarf!).

Spencer the Goldendoodle said...

Penny, your mom sure is talented!!! :)

2browndawgs said...

It is so cold, i I could use a warm afghan. Love the expression Little Friday. Thanks for linking up to the hop.

Christine Caplan said...

I love the knitting posts and I'm very impressed you're knitting on rounds! It's inspiring me to take a class this winter - knitting dog sweaters is SO fun.

Talent Hounds said...

I like the cleaner look. I am not interested in knitting but like the end result. I enjoy funny relatable dog stories - Kilo the Pug is a cuddle loving lap dog. Food reviews seem to be good for search and interest.

Marjie said...

I just have you bookmarked, so I never search; sorry! I enjoy pictures of your pups and seeing your knitting projects. Happy Friday, Nic!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We has to make Mommy move her book so we (cats) can sit in her lap. The dogs are only allowed to sit in Mommy's lap if she is sitting on the ground. They are huge and only their heads fit in her lap.

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