I'm going to use an analogy to describe the way I see myself and blogging. I do not wish to offend anyone who chooses to read it. I am even providing a key.
Blog Whisperer - Someone with understanding and knowledge as well as the ability to provide advice to others. Who has a way of doing what they do, without disrespect to any breed, large or small.
Bloghouse - Ones own blog.
Blog Park - blogosphere
Pack - Followers
Peeing or Marking - Making comments
Sniffing - Reading, but not commenting
Chihuahua - Me
Chihuahuas are the smallest blog/dog breed, fiercely loyal and gets along well with other breeds. Due to their small size and fragility, care must be taken to avoid injury from jumping off a tall surface, or stepping on them as they follow along at your feet. They have also been known to cause injury to themselves, by charging after anything threatening, without regard for size differences. While they may appear to shiver and tremble, it isn't always from fear. Excitement, low blood sugar and discomfort are other possible causes. Their small size makes them suitable in most any living arrangement. They are alert and make ideal watchdogs.
While in my own bloghouse recently, an intelligent, larger breed, peed to mark some territory. I yelped in surprise, then upon recognition, wagged to apologize for the yelp and received a growl. I do not, for one minute, believe the intention was to rip me to shreds. Nor were mine.
Ventured out to the blog park to socialize. Visited a pack members bloghouse, peed a small spot and was promptly bitten. I lowered my head and was given a second bite, for being weak. Chihuahuas are notoriously hard to housebreak, but with patience and the right method, it can be done. (Instilling fear is probably not the best way to accomplish this)
Exhausted from trying to play with the big (blog) dogs, I retreated to my bloghouse to rest and recuperate, venturing out occasionally, to sniff some fresh air and being cautious not to pee in the wrong place.
This little chihuahua is well behaved. She understands rules, boundaries and limitations, as well as exercise, discipline and affection. She's learned a few tricks, which include... speak, sit, shake, fetch and... roll over and play dead.
Do not confuse rolling over and playing dead, with submission. True submission comes from trust and respect and the feeling of protection from intruders or opposing pack members.
One of my young pups tried to explain me to a puppy pal... "If she likes you, she yaps, wags, sniffs and marks. If she doesn't trust you, she is silent."
As long as I find more enjoyment than pain with blogging, I will continue. There are some really wonderful people out there. I read everyone I follow and will comment, frequently. If I feel you need encouragement, I will be there to give it to you. If I disagree, I will try not to comment. If you encourage people to think and comment, but belittle them when they do, I will probably still follow and read, but will refrain from commenting. I will never try to intentionally hurt someone with a comment or a post. I may have the jaws of a Pit Bull, but never want to feel a need to use them here. If you made it this far, thanks for joining me. Hope to see you again, soon. Feel free to hike or squat, pee or not.
Special thanks to my Blog Whisperer, Laura and my Guard Dog, Iggy and to each and every one of you, that choose to be members of my pack.