Tuesday, March 07, 2006


I can't thank my friend Katherine enough for telling me about The Dog Whisperer. I had grown lazy with our large fenced yard and thought that I could let Peggy "get her exercise" out there without a daily walk on a leash. The Dog Whisperer has convinced me how important it is to walk her. She has an urgent need to go places fast and yesterday on the walk she whined and cried because I made her stay behind me. She wants to be the leader. My arm was so sore from holding the leash and I had doubts about how walking her regularly was going to work out for us. But it was different tonight. Tonight she was a calm and well-behaved dog. She walked by my side, just behind my knee, like she had been doing it like this every day for the last year! I can't wait to do it again tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I was going to send you an email, but I couldn't find an address


    I'm writing to ask for your assistance. I'm presently writing a paper that will be submitted to the International Workshop on Weblog Ecosystems, which will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in May of this year. I'm writing a paper on the Minnesota Organization of Blogs, and I would like to take a survey of members of the MOB to see how the MOB compares with other profiles of bloggers, and the general public.

    All of this data will be kept strictly confidential.


    The reason I'm asking about age is because there was a recent journal article that said three out of four LiveJournal bloggers were between 16 and 24 years of age. I know we have a much wider spread, but I'd still like to be able to compare it.

    Marital Status:

    The reason I ask this is because Nick Coleman said that bloggers were the lonely guys listening to police scanners. I know this is not the case, but I want to compare it with the general population

    Level of Education:

    Nick inspired me to this one as well, when he compared journalists to astronomers. I believe we are significantly more educated than the general public, but I want to confirm this.

    How do you read the blogs you read regularly? Do you surf a blogroll, use an RSS aggregator, use the favorites menu in your browser, etc.

    The reason I ask is because other papers haven't discussed this, and I was curious.

    How many of your regularly read blogs are other MOB blogs? How many of your regularly read blogs are outside the MOB?

    The reason I ask this is because I'm curious as to how many of the visits to MOB blogs are from other MOBsters, and how many are from outside the MOB.

    What was your traffic for the month of January? (Be honest, now! If you can give both visits and page views, that would be great)

    The reason I ask this is because I plan to say "The MOB received x visits and y page views in January." Your number will just get added together with all the rest. I get less traffic than most members of the MOB, so I'm definitely not interested in comparing individual stats.

    If I can get this information from you by this Thursday, that would be great.

    Best wishes,

    Dr. Douglas Bass