When people think of pet bloggers they usually think of people blogging about dogs and cats, but you can find blogs about every type of pet- rabbits, parrots, guinea pigs, you name it. Erinn writes a blog about ferrets- Mustelamania. She is this year’s winner of the BlogPaws “Nose-to-Nose” Social Media Pet Blogging Award for Best Wiggle Blog. Congrats to Erinn!
Meet Erinn from Mustelamania.
Erinn with one of her ferrets Diesel-Electric
Please share a little bit about yourself and your pets.
I’m 27 and live in Gloucester, Massachusetts. I have four ferrets: Tank, Mudflap, NB’s War Paint (Smudge) and NB’s Under the Radar (Banshee.) Smudge and Banshee are litter mates from a private breeder in Pennsylvania, while Tank and Mudflap are both rescues. Besides my fuzzies, I also share my home with two cats (Elsabet and Quinn,) three tortoises (Penelope, Henry, and Lyra,) a painted turtle (TT,) and my boyfriend, Sal. Right now I am also hand-raising a rescued baby tufted titmouse I stumbled upon in a cemetery.
How did your love of animals start?
I have always loved animals, and growing up I had a variety of pets ranging from dogs, a cat, and many rabbits, hamsters and gerbils, to a lovebird and a box turtle. I was a very shy and socially inept child, so animals were my friends. The one pet I was never allowed to have, however, was a ferret, despite my fascination with them. I didn’t get my first ferret until I was 21. Since then, I’ve had 11 ferrets.
What made you decide to start a pet blog?
I started Mustelamania because I was unemployed and trying to keep myself busy. My boyfriend suggested I start a blog about ferrets, and here we are!
How long have you been blogging?
Specifically about ferrets: not long, I only started Mustelamania in March of this year. However, I’ve always kept a variety of poetry and short story writing blogs.
How would you describe your blog to a first time visitor?
Ferret news, fun, and love!
Mustelamania is pretty straightforward in that it is about ferrets and their wild mustelid cousins, but because I am very interested in pet nutrition, I also write articles occasionally about the pet food industry. I also try to do some reviews of ferret-related items and goods, and post any interesting ferret-related news bits I find.
If a reader could only read 1 post on your blog which post would you recommend?
I guess I’d recommend The Adventure’s of Smudge and Banshee (Dirty Girls!!) It encompasses how rotten my jills can be but how I love them wholeheartedly despite it, or maybe because of it.
What has been the best part and what has been the hardest part about blogging?
This year, I won the BlogPaws Nose-To-Nose Award for Best Wiggle Blog, and that definitely encouraged me to continue writing. I can’t say there has truly been a “hard” part to blogging – I started it for fun and that’s how I always view it. If I don’t want to write, I won’t, so my posts aren’t supremely regular, but I do try to update at least a couple times during the week.
What have you learned from blogging?
Because starting Mustelamania coincided with my late Schooner’s development, diagnosis, and eventual death of a squamous cell carcinoma, I blogged intimately about her and her story. It was a very cathartic process for me, and helped me come to terms with her diagnosis quickly, so that I could truly enjoy her last weeks and give her a sendoff fitting of her. Writing has always been a release for me, so in that way, blogging has been a wonderful way to keep my spirituality and emotions regulated.
What is 1 piece of advice you would give to a new pet blogger?
Don’t write if you don’t feel like writing. That completely goes against anything any writing workshop will tell you, but in my opinion, readers can tell when a writer isn’t feeling it. And why write if the topic isn’t interesting to you as a writer?
Where can readers find you online?
I also own and run a ferret webforum and informational website called Ferret Harmony (ferretharmony.net
Wonder about Erinn’s blog name? Check out this past Pet Pop Quiz for the answer.
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