we love animals, we love blogging, and we want to be the very best that we can be at our craft. I've been working very hard over the last few months especially, to bring my blog to a whole new level of fantastic, so I am very excited to join in this challenge. There's a series of questions I must answer to help share my ideas, goals and hopes for the future of my blog. Here goes friends!
1. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first time, give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you most proud.
While at the conference, I learned a great deal and got so many ideas for taking my blog to the next level. The wonderful friends and connections I made while there are the most precious part of it all. There is something inherently special about pet bloggers. They are instantly accepting with open arms and hearts, and they love to support each other in any way they can. They've helped me in a number of ways as I expand my blog further.
When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you?
What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our -own sites?
If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
I try to do at least one blog hop a week as well, though I'm not sure if it is actually bringing any more traffic than just regular posts since I get so few comments from them. But traffic in general has been steadily increasing each week, and I am very happy about that!
How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year?
How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience?
Facebook page, through Twitter and from comments made directly in blog posts. The feedback comes from friends I know and many people I do not know. I have many return blog readers and over and over again I've been told that I have charming, engaging style of writing that keeps my readers coming back for more. Every company or individual I've done blog posts for has given wonderful testimonials of how appealing my writing is, so I feel confident that my style of writing and blog content is fun, appealing and beloved. It is both thrilling and humbling to me.
How do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you've been writing about for a while?
I am not sure I have this issue, so I cannot fully answer this question.
When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?
Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?
I just started doing product reviews and giveaways in the last 6 months and I love doing them! I enjoy making the giveaways exciting and doing product reviews that would make any company owner proud and excited to share it!
If so, what do you find works best, and what doesn't work at all?
This is just one example of what companies would get from my "Pixelized Reviews", except that new reviews would of course include the product name and other pertinent information. I loved doing the Hill's Ideal Balance campaign. It truly was a great adventure and they were fantastic to work with!!
When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?
Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?
I took a break a from the blog actually after the first few months of having it. For two years I barely blogged at all. I didn't have any readers at that time anyways, but I realized if I was going to have it, I needed to post to it a lot more than just a few times a year. I was very young then, and have learned a great deal since that time. I also started looking for other pet bloggers that I got to know. I finally got serious much more serious about the blogging in the beginning of 2012, after a series of family emergencies that put my nursing skills to the ultimate test. Here's one of the few blog posts from that time period where I didn't blog for almost a year, The Joy of Caring for Those You Love.
Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?
What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?
Many of my fellow pet bloggers took the 2014 Pet Blogger Challenge as well, which was hosted Go Pet Friendly and "Will My Dog Hate Me?" I missed getting to link up with the list below, but I wanted to make sure and share my fellow bloggers who took part. Don't miss out on what their plans are for 2014 too!