You just have to love dogs. No handshakes. No pleasantries. No faking it. If they want to get to know another canine, they just walk up and sniff the other dog's butt. With our prior dog, Casey, we got to the point where we would not tell her we were going to the pet supply store... we'd ask her if she wanted to "go sniff butts." She perked up, tail started wagging, and she ran to her leash. Our current dog, Zorro, doesn't quite have the same vernacular, but he knows the routine. When he meets another dog, the nose "goes below" and that's all the introduction he needs.
Now, I'm sure at this point, I've just grossed out all of the non-dog-people in my reading audience. That's fine, because they probably wouldn't get it anyway. I wonder if there's a correlation between "dog people" and bloggers, because we're really good at "sniffing blogospheric butts," aren't we? We generally don't ask... we go into a blog, sniff around, and leave a comment. And woof, woof, bow-wow, we're communicating!
There are some blog butts that you need to start sniffing, if you haven't discovered them already. Some of my current and former Drake University students are turning into blogging machines. Eric Peterson is has gotten the attention of some great bloggers like Troy Worman and Ann Michael and Steve Farber... and for good reason... he writes brilliant and relevant posts. Another excellent writer is Erik Potter (no relation to Harry). He's hit Valeria Maltoni's radar and his post about embracing your inner mullet is hilarious. Beth Peck is a former student who has a lot of heart and passion in her job as a college recruiter for Simpson College. She doesn't have the time to blog as frequently as she would like because she's currently managing the blogging efforts of nine other people at her college!
But it's not just my students whose blogospheric behinds are worth a whiff. I discovered Jeri Merrell's Ungeek It blog through Andrew Boyd's Fabicus blog, while writing for Iowabiz.com. These are people who can really write! More importantly, these are people you really need to read.
So... have you sniffed around to get to know somebody new a little better?
UPDATE: My mistake. It was Bob Loch, not Erik Potter, whose been "sniffing around" Valeria's blog. Sorry for the overlook, Bob. Just too many great blogs. I feel like a pup in a dog park.