Was anyone else as happy as I was to get to the end of 2016? It just felt like it needed to be over. It felt so good to get into 2017. Part of that good feeling was knowing The Pet Blogger Challenge was going to happen giving me a chance to look back on my blogging year.
1. When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?
Next month will be my 10th year blogging. Where did the time go? I started Pet Product Review in February 2007. Last year Pet Product Review morphed into Pet Faves, and I switched my focus from being a review blog to working on being a resource for pet parents looking to find pet products for their pet and for their lifestyle.
2.What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?
I’m thinking…I’m thinking…Oh… Starting the Pet Blogger Linky Party to give bloggers a place to show off their pet posts and possibly be featured on one of the host blogs. I cohost with Heart Like A Dog, Felines Opines, and Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat. It happens the 1st and 3rd weekend of each month. In fact, it’s happening now. So come join the party and share your Pet Blogger Challenge post.
3.Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
Small pets tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to what products are available for them. I was seeing new subscription boxes popping up all the time for dogs and cats and I wondered if there were any for other pets. I was happily surprised to find quite a few and shared them in Your Other Pets Don’t Have To Miss Out On Subscription Boxes. This was also my most popular post for 2016. I hope small pet parents find it helpful!
4.Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?
I think I’m getting better at making sure my posts are search engine optimized with the help of the Yoast plugin. Search engines are by far my biggest source of traffic and this is something I want to continue to work on.
5.Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? (Please include a link.) Have you noticed any themes across your most popular posts?
Your Other Pets Don’t Have To Miss Out On Subscription Boxes was my most viewed post in 2016. My most popular posts cover a variety of post types from products that help solve a problem to reviews to product information posts so I don’t really see a theme. I’m going to take this as a good thing because I can write different type of posts to meet different readers needs.
6.What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog? (Please include a link.)
I have over 200 blog feeds in my feed reader so there is no way I could pick one. Plus I hate choosing just one because they all have something I enjoy. Some of them I follow to learn from, some I follow to be entertained or to keep up on a topic or to get ideas for my own blog. They’re all my favorite and inspire me in some way.
7.What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?
I’m torn between my life is so boring I have nothing that would be surprising and I’m an introvert and we don’t just share information willy nilly. I think I’ll go with the first.
8.What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?
This- Watch it when you have a free hour. It’s worth it.
Blog more consistently. My goal is to post twice a week and I expect you to hold me to it!
10.Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
Give me all your Instagram secrets!! 🙂 Especially how you find the time to take all those photos. Instagram is one platform I want to really work on in 2017. (And hey, since we’re talking about Instagram, follow my new account You Know You’re A Pet Parent When… To see what I do there. I hope you’ll like it.)