Blog = Dog?

January 15, 2007

Always a fan of the half-baked analogy, I thought I’d muse a bit on David Carr’s New York Times article describing his experiences blogging. He describes a blog as a “large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention.”

Having once owned a dog (and hope to again) I thought I’d filter blogging through the eyes of a dog owner and see if the analogy holds up.


Your dog must be regularly groomed. Make sure it isn’t covered with fleas (spam comments). Flea prevention technology generally works, (Akismet) but constant checking and grooming is necessary to keep your dog generally free of parasites. You don’t want your furry friend covered with bugs when you take it for a walk.

Your dog must be fed daily (writing posts). You can feed it table scraps (copy text from other blogs), or run of the mill dry food (post about what you did that day), but in order to raise a healthy dog, you really have to get some home-grown, organic stuff (original, meaty content). It’s a pain, but you want a healthy, happy dog, don’t you?

Eventually, you’ll want to take your dog for a long walk, and hopefully meet some other dogs. Good places are dog parks where other dogs congregate (Technorati, Techmeme). Make sure you have a good leash (about page with disclosures). It’s a good way to keep your dog from fighting with other dogs (flame war).

Potential conflict aside, it’s fun to let your dog check out other canines. If another dog is interesting to yours, you can let them do the requisite rear-end sniff (trackback).

What’s the point of having your dog meet other dogs? Well, in the wild, dogs travel in packs, ordered by rank (links coming in). There are alpha male dogs (Techcrunch, Scoble). My dog will never the top dog, but somewhere in the middle would be something to sniff at.

Some owners might keep their dogs mostly locked up, never interacting with other dogs (no comments), but I don’t really think that’s a healthy life for a dog, which is an inherently social animal. Maybe some dog owners would be better off with a cat.

Warning: the potential for turmoil with a dog is real. If you haven’t trained your pet, groomed, fed, and bought them a leash, they might go nuts and attack people, or possibly even turn on you. Please be a responsible dog owner. You don’t want to be one of those folks whose dog goes ballistic and mauls some kid. You as the owner will bear all the responsibility, and people might ask “Why was that person ever a dog-owner in the first place?”. As said before, some people might be better off with a cat.

Pick up your dog’s trash. Your dog might doggie-do where you least expect it (factual mistakes). Do the right thing and pick up the poop (correct mistakes) before it offends someone.

Anyhow, I don’t think obsessing over your dog’s popularity is the best way to care for it. Just feeding your dog healthy food and keeping it well-groomed is likely the best way to keep your dog happy and healthy. By doing this, its tail grows longer and longer (long tail), which from what I’ve been told, enhances its smell and attractiveness to other dogs, especially strays.

Lastly, it’s important to remember that there are millions of dogs out there, and your dog is obvious your favorite. I find this worth remembering whenever I consider making a living from showcasing my dog. It’s possible, but do I really think this dog could be a contender for Best in Show? I’d probably be better off getting into dog grooming, doggie day-care, or serving up healthy dog food.

Note: I wanted to include something about leg-humping but that seemed to be barking up the wrong tree.

For some other musings on blog analogies, check out Ebiquity.


  1. tim finin says:

    Great analysis! Put this in the “everything I learned about X, I learned from my dog” bucket:

    (Google Search)

  2. webomatica says:

    Thanks… I tweaked your search string to get it to show up reasonably correctly.

  3. Jason Kolb says:

    That’s hilarious stuff. I can’t believe you made it thru the entire analogy while making sense throughout the entire thing… good job :) So many dog-related items just begging for a metaphor: boarding, leg-humping, letting them outside, keeping them off the couch–could go on forever!

  4. webomatica says:

    Gee… thanks. I wish I could have worked some more stuff in there, like teaching old dogs new tricks or fetching the paper.

  5. I love it! Especially the part about spam comments being fleas. I guess we could all agree that blogs equal dogs in so many ways.

  6. Webomatica says:

    Yeah… dogs could = many other things, I’m realizing.

    Hey… did you ever notice that “dog” spelled backwards is “god”, and “blog” spelled backwards is… “golb”.

  7. Claire says:

    I agree (even tho I’m late to find this entry) with the comments above – great analogy between dogs and blogs! :)

    I actually found this entry by checking around for blogs and dog owners, which surprisingly there are quite a few of online(!) – ie. I popped the website field here with the one I check out every once in a while – specifically the blog entries written by St Bernard owners, so I can see what others are saying about their own St Bernard . The internet has certainly made it much easier for people to find each other these days. NO nmeed to go to the dog parks. Just do a google search. lol

    ~~ Claire

  8. webomatica says:

    Yeah I want to set up a dog blog portal. I have a cat blog portal called MyCatBlogLog

    And, there’s always Catster and Dogster.

  9. Cheska Smith says:

    Hi, What an Idea! Thank you for sharing this posted article for me or for every one,
    you made a great job for your Blog.Keep it up the good work..
    Again thank you very much.. Cheers

    Cheska Smith

  10. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  11. Lindsay says:

    Interesting analogy. I especially like the point about picking up after your dog, or fixing mistakes or factual errors on your blog. Something everyone should do!

  12. MOin says:

    oh wow good post, i however miss my dog i lost him last month he caught into some cancer and couldn't get put of it. his name was rocky and he was a dalmation however his 2 kids and wife are still with us :)

  13. 4160 says:

    Nice to meet you! I begin blog and make a dog-related collection of links recently.
    Your page linked, too. Would you link my page if you like? Thanking you in advance.

  14. Luigi Palermo says:

    nice article! nice site. you're in my rss feed now ;-)
    keep it up

  15. Peter says:

    Many people blog about what they love, most people love their pets so its nice to read about others' adventures with the furry friends.

  16. Harley says:

    Your advice is sound. A bored, untrained dog will obliterate your home and furniture. Basic training is a must and if you dont have time to do that then you should not get one.

  17. Jean says:

    Old dogs can certainly learn new tricks, people say that when they are just to lazy to put more time into their pets and if they are bored of them :(

  18. Excellent! Great article, I already saved it to my favourite,

  19. tiara123 says:

    Well said..!!
    Cats Pets

  20. nusrat says:

    Nice things have been mentioned and I am glad to be the part of it..
    Carrol Spncr
    Cat Grooming