Why blog? The Annual Pet Blogger Challenge
The Challenge has always been a great opportunity to look back at all the work done in the past year and to look forward and think about what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.
In last year’s Challenge, I announced that I was taking a break from my blog. I was tired, and burned out, and completely bored with myself AND my writing. Oh, I kept the blog going (just barely) by posting pictures a couple of times a week, but that’s it. No words. Just pictures.
Eventually, I made my way back (as you can see), but under new self-imposed conditions: to only blog when the urge hit me, and not under meet some imaginary obligation to follow a schedule.
And, I’ve stuck to that too, choosing only to blog when I feel like it and nothing more. Some weeks there was only one blog post to share and other weeks, three or four. There was no schedule.
No pressure = no stress = HAPPY.
As a result of the changes made this year, my answers to the Challenge questions are very different. Some just don’t even apply anymore. Amazing how much can change in a year.
So here we go…
1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
I am going on year 7 in blogging years. I started blogging about my puppy mill rescue dog Daisy at Daisy the Wonder Dog back in October of 2008, but created this blog, No Dog About It, in 2009 for my pet sitting business.
My blog is a hodgepodge of a lot of things – animal welfare, animal health, dog behavior, training, dog videos and photography (i.e., lots of pictures of dogs).
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
I walked away and gave myself a break? I’m not sure I have an answer to this one.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
- Blogging less does not necessarily mean a less successful blog. Writing when there is something valuable to share or something new to say is much more satisfying than trying to write a post every day.
- Choosing not to host my own site is less stressful and less time-consuming. (After seeing all the time and energy other bloggers put into their blogs, choosing not to do so seems so much easier – for me anyways.)
- It’s okay to blog and NOT do sponsored posts or push a product.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Writing about issues people care about – how to keep dogs safe, have fun with your dog, and dog behavior issues.
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
Totally surprised me. I thought it was an innocuous little post and then it just took off.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
No idea. Probably one that allowed me to share fun pictures of my dogs. It’s hard for me to remember last week. 🙂
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
Nope. Still don’t do them.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
Do what works for you. Don’t live to some blogger ideal if that is not who you are or what you want to do with your blog. You don’t have to do product reviews or manage your blog on your own hosted site or share blogger awards or whatever the latest craze is today. Blogging should be fun, not an obligation.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
More of the same. No schedule.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
To read what some of the other pet bloggers wrote this year, head on over to Take Paws from Go Pet Friendly!