It gives pet bloggers a chance to look back on what we’ve done and look ahead at what we would like to do.
For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
2017 was my 10th blogiversary! I started my blog in 2007 as a place to do pet product reviews. It’s evolved a bit over the years and now I include featured products and gift guides.
What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?
All of it because I actually blogged.
Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why?
I think this one was one of my favorite- Interactive Cat Toys – Not Your Grandma’s Cat’s Toys. I like it because it’s one of the few times this years I was able to include some educational information. And I also like it because it features my kittens. The images aren’t the greatest (you ever try to take a photo of a kitten playing with a toy? One word- blur.), but I think I’m getting better at taking photos.
In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?
I think I look at a lot of the same things others look at- traffic, time on page, bounce rate, but I also look at the fact that even with a lot of inconsistency, I’m still blogging on it after 10 years.
In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?
Physically it hasn’t. But I did decide that I would do less product reviews and more featured product posts in 2017. I will still do reviews, but it will be on products I can do an in depth review on and that generally I’ll purchase myself. The featured product posts will give me a chance to introduce new and interesting products for pet parents.
What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?
One of the biggest blogging challenges I (always) have is actually blogging. After being at work all day and coming home to care for my crew, it was hard to get into blogging mode. In 2017, I found an accountability partner in Kimberly from City Dog Expert. We talk at least once a week setting our goals for the week, giving each other ideas and advice. Knowing that I’m going to be talking to my accountability partner has kept me moving forward this past year. I might be working to finish some goals up the night before we talk, but being accountable has been a big help.
My challenge wasn’t just due to not a lot of free time, but also trying to transition from being immersed in medical terminology all day to writing for pet parents. When I did sit down to it was frustrating because the words just wouldn’t flow. At a local conference, I mentioned this to a speaker this during one of our roundtable session. After assuring that I had a writing voice that was set, he suggested reading an author’s whose writing style I liked to help me get in a good frame of mind. I started doing to lately and it seems to be helping.
When things get hard, what keeps you blogging?
My blogging has been inconsistent over the entire 10 years I’ve been doing. I would often not post for months at a time. While there have been times I’ve wondered what life would be like if I didn’t have to deal with everything you need to do as a blogger these days(Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. It’s hard to believe there was a time when all blogging consisted of was posting and commenting.), I still keep blogging. I think the thing that keeps me going is I can see the potential it has to become something if I can just apply myself.
Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog this year?
Keep blogging on a regular basis and finish up some of those blog tasks I always plan to do but never get to. To help with those, I started a Facebook group, Better Our Blogs where a task is posted each week for us to work on. Feel free to join us!
In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is there one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?
SEO, again. It’s always something I want to improve. I’d also like to get better at making Pinterest images.
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? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in the comments!
I’d like to get some systems in place to make my blogging less cumbersome. What are some practices you have put in place to help streamline your blogging?
Visit some of the other bloggers in the pet blogosphere and see what they are up to!