Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wordy Wednesday: New Year, New Blog

Training Toby has become Terra Toby!

I'm so excited because Terra Toby will include all of the fun Toby content, plus Pinterest and Facebook.  I'll be able to blog about wildlife and conservation too. As the tag line will say, the blog is about
celebrating this wild life on Earth!

Why change Training Toby to Terra Toby?

Toby has resigned his Therapy Dog gig.
Toby's shyness had progressed by September to the point where on our last day at the hospital, he was cowering behind my legs as another visitor reached for his head. I started Training Toby to document our journey through therapy dog training and service. On that last day I realized, "Toby, you are not Bert. You are not Snoopy. You are not Goose or Sugar. You are Toby, and you aren't having any fun at all. That must change." And so Training Toby must change now too.

I don't have time for 2 blogs.
Sometimes I can't even keep up with 1 blog the way I'd like to! But I feel pulled to blog about some of the wildlife and ocean issues I'm so passionate about. For example, the photos of the birth of an adorable new monk seal in Hawaii last week went on Pinterest but didn't seem suitable for a Toby-only blog. Now I can appropriately bring cool events like that front and center and share them with my blog friends.

I want to keep stretching and challenging myself as a blogger.
I want to do some blog redesign and incorporate more social media, as well as add some new pages to my blog. 

Other bloggers have inspired me to 'go for it'.
Retro Rover, formerly Urban Hounds, made launching a broader blog look amazing. Pawsitively Pets has an incredible Pinterest page. Sugar the Golden Retriever has this beautiful Facebook page. Sew Many Ways has thousands of followers. I know it will be weeks of challenging fun to acquire a tenth of their skill and appeal, but that's what makes this an adventure!

I've loved Training Toby and always will. I love the design, which my beautiful daughter Lauren did for me. I love each and every one of you, my friends and followers. I'm humbled that you took the time to visit me and Toby. I look forward to seeing you on our new blog, Terra Toby!


  1. Congratulations on the big move! I added the new blog to our reader so we wouldn't miss anything. I'm looking forward to what you have in store for us!

  2. We look forward to the new look and why not incorporate everything in one blog? Food for thought. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Thanks so much Molly and houndstooth! Great suggestion Molly and after some thought I'm making the move much sooner than I initially planned.

  4. I am here and have already followed you through the Google Friend Connect! I believe I am follower numero uno!
    Happy WW and I look forward to seeing what happens here at Terra Toby!


  5. Test it seems to work this way
    anyway I wanted to say bravo for new adventures and stepping outside your box. I know you will have fun.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. OOo I just found out about the big move! Going to visit your other site now. I know what you mean about no time to manage 2 sites! One is more than enough to keep me busy :P

  7. Hey, I have a quick question I wanted to ask you about your blog, do you think you could send me an email when you get this? Thanks! Tiffany


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