Better Late Than Never, Right? Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

I didn’t find out about this until it was too late to officially join in, but I enjoyed filling out the questionnaire so I’ve decided to post it anyway. Click here or on the picture below to visit the hosting website.
Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

  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.

This will be my third year blogging. I blog about a lot of stuff. My Schipperke, her homemade diet, gardening, backyard chickens, and traveling with a dog.

2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.

I admit I can be a bit of a procrastinator, but in December I had the entire month planned out on a calendar and I didn’t miss writing a single one of those posts.

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?

Set goals and force yourself to achieve them. However if you have really bad writer’s block, instead of banging your head against the desk in frustration set it down and come back to it later. Chances are if you go do something else the perfect sentence will come to you.

4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

Pretty pictures. My weekly photo posts are hands down the thing that generates the most views and subscribers.

5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?

While there were technically more views on other specific posts, as I mentioned above the weekly photo posts have been a big hit. My second most popular post, an older one from 2012 about Suki’s reliability off leash, really surprised me.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?

That’s a tough one! I have a few favourites for different reasons. I enjoyed Always Trust the Dog because it makes for a very entertaining hiking story, Gingerbread Dog Cookies because the photos were a dramatic improvement over the ones from my last cookie post, the Doggy Advent Calendar post was so much fun to photograph and share, the tour of Candy Cane Lane because it was a collaboration of mine and my friend’s efforts, and any humourous story like Well That’s Enough Excitement for the Week has to make the list.

7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?

Actually, yes. I’m less interested in doing product reviews than I used to be. If I like a product and the company’s views align with my own I’ll write about it, but otherwise I’m content not having reviews on my site.

8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?

Take lots of pictures, and edit them. For every picture I post I’ve probably taken twenty more that didn’t work out. To get the best, brightest look you’ll want to adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation. Always increase contrast, but brightness can be increased or decreased depending on the photo and the look you’re going for. Play around with your photos a lot to find a style of editing that appeals to you. You also do not need a fancy camera and editing program to take nice pictures. Up until basically this month I was taking all my photos on a 7 year old (give or take) point and shoot, so don’t get disheartened if you don’t have a big fancy DSLR. I do almost all my editing on Irfanview, and occasionally do selective editing on Gimp. I’ve never felt the need to switch to a paid program because these have worked very well for me.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?

I want to talk about food more, and to expand the list of things I blab on about. I actually have an interest in organizing and decorating, so I may start working a few pet-related organizing things in here.

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

How do you stay on top of everything efficiently? Because I’m still not there yet. I feel like I have to choose between having time to get stuff worth writing about done, or staying on top of online trends/posting on other sites/responding to comments.

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4 responses to “Better Late Than Never, Right? Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

  1. Great answers. As far as staying on top of stuff. I comment on blogs in the morning, and usually write my posts later in the day. If I happen to have several posts running around in my head, I will schedule stuff out a day or two.

    • That’s a really great idea! I usually try to get everything crammed in while I’m drinking my morning coffee, which half the time leads to almost nothing getting done lol.

  2. Thanks so much for joining the Challenge! And way to go on scheduling out December and sticking to it. I’m terrible at that! I usually decide what I’m writing about in the morning, put the post together, and then publish it immediately. It’s definitely NOT the way to go … but it ties back into your question about staying on top of everything. I haven’t found a way to do that! So, I constantly feel like I’m two steps behind. I’d love to know … are you sharing your photo posts anywhere other than the normal social media outlets to generate the bump up in traffic? Do you know of a secret place for people who love sharing photos to connect? =)

    • Thank you for creating the challenge, it was a lot of fun! I haven’t been sharing my posts anywhere other than the Schip Along Facebook page, but that’s a good idea. I think the bump in views is because photos are more eye-catching than text on the WordPress main page.

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