I am joining with pet bloggers everywhere for the fifth annual Pet Bloggers Challenge. This is our second year to participate and we excited to learn more about our favorite bloggers. We are challenged to answer ten questions that are supplied.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud. I am very proud to have joined with my local shelters to feature their adoptable dogs. Many are now happily living in their new forever homes.
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? Since this was my first year, I received help from some awesome bloggers. I know that staying true to your own voice is crucial, slow loading photos are a major post-kill, always visit/comment on other blog sites, and enjoy yourself.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content? Sharing on social media is a must. Readers have to be able to find you. People love to feel good and eye-catching photography is a great way to make your audience smile. Once readers visit your website, it needs to feel comfortable and make them anxious to visit again. Be nice.
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular? My most popular post was “Who Let Their Dogs Out?” It addresses people allowing their dogs to run loose in neighborhoods. It did surprise me that it was my most popular post, but I’m glad that it was, since loose dogs are my #1 pet peeve.
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7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year? I have always welcomed writing reviews of products that I believe would interest my audience. I still feel strongly about the dog products that I do not accept.
7a. If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all? We do a number of product reviews. Most of the more popular ones are in the voices of Bentley and Pierre, because they are funny. Giveaways also help boost review posts. I can only speak for my posts, but the straight-faced “nothing but the facts” reviews don’t motivate my readers.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers? Love what you’re doing and your readers will feel it.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015? This year I will continue to learn and improve my website. One of the ways that I plan to accomplish this is to attend my second BlogPaws conference. It was a life-changing experience for me last year.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be? I am trying to decide whether to stay with Blogger or switch to WordPress. I am comfortable with Blogger, but it is quirky at times. However, WordPress seems extremely daunting. What works best for you?
Thank you for dropping by the bayou today. I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s challenge and I hope that you make us a regular stop. If you are curious about our last year’s challenge, read it here.
We offer special thanks to our host of the Fifth Annual Pet Blogger Challenge, Go Pet Friendly. Their site is a must-read for all of us who travel with their four-legged family. Visit to read these other pet bloggers that have accepted this year's challenge. Just click on the small photo icons below. ↓