It’s that time again! Time to look back…and think…and refocus…and look ahead…and look where we’re going…and make some plans…or not…
This year, as last year, the Challenge falls on Follow Up Friday…a perfect day for it, don’t you agree?
Here are the questions and my answers for Pet Blogger Challenge 2014:
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.
In 2009 I answered the question this way: 1. When did my blog begin? It actually began as a Journal that is still there. That blog started in October 2008. The BlogSpot blog started in May 2009. Please note, the original Journal is no longer active.
What was my original purpose for starting my blog? My purpose was to record moments in time, so I could remember them better later. Today, it is more of a photo diary. It’s supposed to be fun, and it is, for me…and hopefully people with retrievers as family pets will get some ideas of how to keep them happy and fulfilled.
2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you most proud.
Hmmm…this one takes some thought…I guess that I’m most proud that I have continued to dedicate one day each week to Rescue dogs in need. I’ve switched the day I feature them to Tuesday so I can participate in Tuesday’s Tales…a blog hop to promote shelter pets.
3. 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?
(Click here for last years Challenge post) I’ve continued to use more photos and fewer words to express myself. After all, I’m a dog, I’m better at understanding body language than Human words.
4. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own sites?
What I’ve learned, and I’m not certain that it was from just this past year, is that regular posts are important and blog hops help me to focus…hops like Sepia Saturday and Black and White Sunday give me, not just a focus, but it gives me time off. Mischief Monday is self explanatory, though sometimes I’m just too well behaved and too busy to get into mischief.
Wordless Wednesday gives me a midweek break. This n That Thursday lets me just write about whatever strikes my fancy. Finally, Follow Up Friday lets me answer your questions and Fitness Friday lets me show off!
If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I enjoy y’all and your comments. Suggestions are always welcome.
My Human is havin’ a challenge decidin’ what to use for photo editing and what’s best for batch watermarking…different programs or to just go with Photoshop.
5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
I keep my blog for fun and to entertain; after all, this is my diary and my moments I’m sharing. I leave the rest to my Human.
6. How much time do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year?
I don’t worry about things like that…that’s a Human worry, not mine.
7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience?
Except for my adoption posts, my blog is my diary…If I have lots of visitors and comments, I guess the post was interesting to the readers.
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?
The only theme I’ve covered for a long time is pet adoption. I don’t think that gets old. Since I’m basically keeping a diary…well…it’s for me and my extended family so…
8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?
The amount of time I’m able to use the computer is extremely limited ‘cause my Human uses it for work. I rarely watch a video because of time restraints. They take too long to load. If I run into one of those “prove you’re not a robot” thingies and don’t get it on the first try, I move on to the next blog. If time is of the essence, I just skip commenting.
My Human reads some of the posts on her cell phone when she has to wait for an appointment. She rarely comments when she does that.
9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?
I don’t do giveaways and only once did a product a review.
Not having experience, I was pleased when a number of my pawed readers were anxious to get the toy for themselves.
If not, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?
This blog is my personal diary, so unless it is something I use or like…
I’d do another product review if it was for a company I know well and already use their products. The fact that I never know when business is going to make my Humans pick up and travel makes it difficult to arrange to receive products.
10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?
Since I write about my own life, writers block hasn’t been a problem.
11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?
After sporadic posts during the first three years, I started posting daily and have never taken a break.
You know, life happens, every moment of everyday. Can you imagine how much life I’d miss remembering if I took a break? Or would I? hmmm.
Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?
I’ve never really considered quitting, although I have thought about how much I’d miss everyone if I did. I love all my Blogville friends.
12. What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?
Just to continue enjoying my life and sharing the fun with y’all.
I’ll try to answer questions from this past week during the coming week.
Y’all come back now!