What’s your “why”? What’s your canine’s?


This submit meanders, y’all. Be at liberty to come back again one other day if you happen to don’t desire a string of ideas about Google, AI, canine coaching, and running a blog. 🙂

Until you’re somebody who works on-line, you may need missed this large piece of reports from Google: Google goes to start utilizing AI to vary the way it presents search engine outcomes. You possibly can learn the entire story right here. It’s attention-grabbing, to say the least.

When you’re somebody who makes use of the web for analysis, purchasing, connection, and so forth, these adjustments will make all that simpler for you. As a substitute of getting to click on into web sites to learn the complete particulars in your search, Google’s AI will combination the outcomes into a pair quick paragraphs that reply your query pulling from a number of sources. Straightforward!

As for content material creators, this introduces a complete new set of challenges. If Google’s AI aggregates the very best data to reply your query and presents it in a seamless manner, nicely, individuals gained’t be clicking in your web site to learn the submit anymore. Clicks create views. Views create advert or affiliate income. No clicks, no cash.

There are questions as as to whether this generative AI will be thought of plagiarism, amongst different issues, however the collective head-exploding sound you heard was from content material creators who predict large drops in pageviews.

And that stinks. I imagine anybody who creates useful, helpful, entertaining content material deserves to earn a residing from that arduous, painstaking, time-consuming work. (On the flip aspect, it WILL penalize all these junky affiliate websites which might be nothing however key phrase stuffing, in order that’s good.)

I don’t imagine that is the demise toll for blogs, although many appear to suppose so.

To me, it circles again to at least one query: Why are you running a blog within the first place?

However doesn’t that query underpin nearly every thing we do? Why are you running a blog / writing / canine coaching / scrolling social media / working further shifts / and so on.?

The explanations why we do issues issues greater than the person duties, no?

This has plenty of overlap with these of us who’re religious canine (and cat) lovers.

Follow me right here.

Let’s pivot to canines for a sec.

A close-up photograph of the face of a small brindle dog, possibly a Boston terrier mix. He is lying on a blue and peach geometrical print rug with a blue sofa blurry in the background. His brown eyes are gazing at the photographer, but he is clearly a very sleepy pup as his eyes are drooping!

Why do you prepare your canine?

You and I most likely have plenty of overlapping causes, and I believe you may have some distinctive to you. Possibly you prepare your canine for fundamental security (yours, his/hers, different individuals and pets, and so on.) or for the enjoyable of doing methods or doggy dancing collectively. Possibly you prepare your canine to carry out duties for you. Possibly you prepare your canine as a pastime to maintain your self busy or to strengthen your bond. Possibly you compete or present or hunt.

When Cooper was a pet, my “why” for coaching with him was to assist him study to handle his fears and to stimulate his extremely good creativeness… or else he discovered methods to maintain himself entertained, ways in which typically resulted in property injury. When he was an adolescent, I skilled Cooper to run safely by my aspect and to return when known as. Now that he’s nearly 13, we prepare for enjoyable and to maintain his mind and physique lively.

With Emmett, we skilled arduous so he may very well be a working canine in animal-assisted remedy settings, and with Lucas, we skilled so he wouldn’t eat anybody. For each these large boys, and for Cooper, coaching additionally helped them navigate the human world safely and to construct our bond.

My “why” for canine coaching will be distilled all the way down to these three staple items: security, safety, and luxury (theirs and mine on all three counts).

What are your “whys” for coaching together with your canine?

Why does your canine do issues with you?

The cynical may say due to the treats. And, yeah, that’s a part of it. You wouldn’t go to work each day if you happen to weren’t getting paid, would you? I’d wager, although, that your paycheck isn’t the one cause you’re employed. You may love what you do or love the individuals you’re employed with. Possibly you’re employed a job that affords you the schedule or cash to do the belongings you love outdoors of labor. No matter what the reason being, the purpose is you may have one.

I imagine our canines are the identical. Their “why” for doing all this foolish stuff with us is as a result of they get pleasure from it, they get pleasure from our firm, they usually depend on our bond to really feel protected and safe. In fact they like being paid in treats, however I actually imagine my canines have skilled with me for a similar three causes I prepare with them: security, safety, and luxury.

Why do individuals lookup canine data on the web?

We wish to do higher by our canines. And I don’t simply imply in coaching instruments and methods, but additionally veterinary procedures, well being and wellness, feeding and grooming, even spoiling. (Y’all know my spoiling choice for Coopsie: a squeaky toy subscription!)

So, we flip to the web.

I speak to my vet and professional trainers, too, however a Google search is at all times the primary place I am going. I think about that’s the identical for many of you, too.

After we’re coaching, I typically use YouTube or Google to search out suggestions and methods. I comply with Instagram accounts of enjoyable and humorous canines to really feel impressed and related.

Why do individuals write canine data on the web?

It’s all the identical, isn’t it?

As somebody who writes about canines and cats for a residing, the higher the knowledge I can present, the extra typically I’ll join with readers. Positive, I wish to pay my payments, purchase these squeaky toys for Coop, and put gasoline in my automotive, however I write to attach.

I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and I’ll be doing it for a lot of extra regardless of the challenges. And there are a LOT of challenges. Not simply Google-related ones, both. There’s all of the techy stuff behind the scenes. There are indignant web trolls who like to submit imply, aggressive, and–not too long ago–threatening feedback. There are internet hosting charges and hacking makes an attempt and content material scraping. However, identical to instructing Lucas to not eat individuals, the less-fun features are essential, too.

When you made it this far, thanks for sticking with my stream-of-consciousness processing. Typically I’ve these thought puzzle items in my head–like adjustments in Google’s search engine outcomes, the persistence of blogs, and (at all times) canine coaching–and want to put in writing them out in order that they match collectively.

There may be value within the work.

Yours and your canine’s.

That’s the purpose I used to be driving towards, I believe. Whether or not you weblog for enjoyable or for a residing, whether or not you prepare your canine for fundamental manners or for competitors, whether or not you like your job or do your job to pay for the opposite belongings you love, whether or not you’re clear in your “why” for all of it or nonetheless looking: There may be value within the work. And value in you and your canine and the bond you may have together with your canine.

And nothing can change that. Not even Google. 🙂



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