Olympic Hot Tub & Sauna Blog “Hot Tub Bliss” Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

As Hot Tub Bliss celebrated it’s 3rd Anniversary last month, I see 490 posts in the 36 months since July 2008. That’s an accomplishment I never dreamt would happen when I started writing. But the writing as well as researching topics for the blog has turned into a real passion.

Nancy Juetten, my friend & mentor, encouraged me for almost 6 months before I agreed. Her friendly persistence finally wore me down. One day I just started with the idea of the hot tub “epiphany”.  I hoped that readers would go from “Ahh”-the sound one makes when sinking into the hot swirling waters to “AHAH!”-the sound that escapes when a new idea strikes. I’m all about inspiration! I wanted my blog to be an exploration of the hot tub lifestyle as well as a revelation of all of the many health benefits.

So why am I happy that Nancy cajoled me into blogging?

  1. Blog posts are the repository of everything I know about hot tubbing! After 34 years in the hot tub business, I’ve found that I have more expertise on the product, it’s benefits and lifestyle than just about anyone. I have no lack of material and the blog is a perfect platform for writing down what I know.
  2. Blog posts are training tools. When we hire new sales staff, we point them to the blog: “Here’s just about every thing you need to know about hot tubbing.”  The best new sales people really “get” that it’s an important tool which they can learn from and share with customers.
  3. Blog posts have helped me learn more! Searching the Internet on various blog topics and listening to customers’ questions & concerns, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found new ways to approach topics and found that I might not have the definitive last word.  If there’s a better way to do something, I’m on it!
  4. Blog posts have connected me with hot tub owners all over the country. I’ve received questions from hot tub owners or prospective owners asking my advice on “all things hot tub and sauna”. The back and forth exchange has been invaluable for hearing what’s on people’s minds and lead to new blog posts. One email from a man in New Hampshire about traumatic brain injury led to a whole series on the benefits of hot tubbing for TBI with data from the most respected researcher in the field.
  5. Blog posts are a quick way to update and transmit information. Because blog posts are short and I post three times a week, I can publish new information, health studies, product updates quickly.

Am I a blogging expert? No, I’m still learning every day. But, the fact that I’m not an expert on blogging doesn’t mean I can’t share what I know and inspire others. I’ve found blogging fun, energizing and useful for building our business and a creative outlet I never knew I needed!

Hope you’ve enjoyed Hot Tub Bliss blog. Have any questions about hot tubs or saunas you’d like answered? Ideas for post topics always appreciated.  Send your questions in via the comment box. And, thanks to every one of my readers and all of your who have posted comments on articles.

SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.





Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

3 responses to “Olympic Hot Tub & Sauna Blog “Hot Tub Bliss” Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

  1. I’m glad you got into blogging too. From my research, and trust me I’ve done a lot, this is the best hot tub blog out there. I too run a blog and I know how difficult it can be for some people to keep it going and make it better. You have managed to do this and for that, I thank you. There are not many blogs out there about the pool and spa industry, so to find one this comprehensive and informative is a blessing. Congrats on blogging for 3 years! Any blogger will tell you that’s quite the accomplishment.

  2. Wow, Alice. To start off with, what a cool compliment Matt gave you above. As someone who just celebrated her third blogging birthday, I can attest to what an accomplishment that is. I think the key is to remain curious, be open to new ideas and listen to your readers because they will certainly give you lots of ideas for new posts. Sounds like you are doing all that very well. : )

    I also love the connection with other bloggers. Didn’t know our mutual friend Nancy had been so instrumental in nudging you to start. Good for her. And good for you for staying the course and bringing all this great information to readers and prospective customers each week. Happy birthday!

    1. Judy:
      Thank you! I really appreciate the praise from you as well as the Happy Birthday. Yours is the only blog I read on blogging.
      Thanks for all the help via your blog on making my blog better!
      Happy Birthday to you, too!

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