Pet Blogger Challenge Q & A

Author’s Note:
I saw this mention about a pet blogger challenge and blog hop and decided what a great way to meet more pet bloggers! So without further ado.. here are my answers to the challenge questions.
 

Pet Blogger Challenge Questions

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1. When did you begin your blog?

My blog started in 2010.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

My blog originally started out to showcase my adventures and my photography.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

No.

If not, what’s different?

I’m focusing on animals now and left my creative writing and photography to the side.

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals? N/A

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4. How often do you post?

3 times a week- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

Schedule! I am a bad procrastinator so I have a schedule. Otherwise my blogging would suffer the same fate as my creative writing…and let’s not even talk about that.

If you publish on a schedule, why? How strict are you about your publishing deadlines? What do you do for inspiration when it feels like you’ve covered every topic?

Must have a schedule otherwise I wouldn’t post! Very strict. I post at 5 minutes after midnight. I haven’t covered too many topics  yet and I find that reading other pet blogs gets me a chance to get guest posts, explore more information and links to other pets’ stories that should be told.

If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”

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6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? 

Honestly I don’t know, it just depends, I select interviewees at random, I just started with topics this year so we’ll see how long that lasts.

It’s a multi-step process which contains the following:

  • selecting interviewees
  • contacting them via facebook to ask if they are interested
  • getting a response (if no response move onto next selection)
  • getting interview questions typed up and either private messaged/emailed
  • waiting for a response with answers
  • getting everything formatted with pictures
  • sending a preview via email/pm for approval

If I want to include more information about whatever the topic is then I do some research, copy, paste, site the website, save, check everything to make sure it flows and that could take close to 2 hours. And if the interviewee responds with changes, I make changes and resubmit.

My article on Fatboy Babushka and the article on Miss Smoky from last year took a while because of the research and corrections.

As far as viewing other blogs… that depends.. I have quite a few blogs a follow on wordpress and then others I get the emails for and check those out, like and comment. I try to comment on every blog I read because I know how excited I get to see comments so I figure it’s always nice to leave a few words. So I would say  a few hours a day to look at other blogs.

Share your  tips for staying on top of it all.Tips?

I have the posting schedule programmed into my calendar on my phone so I get a 15 minute reminder to make sure it posts okay. I signed up for networked blogs so that way it posts automatically on my facebook page, my personal facebook and tweeter. Also I’ve set up wordpress to post on my yahoo profile.  I have a handmade calendar divided out for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a check mark system for when I sent the email and a second check for when the post is finished and ready and I cross it out when it’s been posted. It also helps me keep track of who is next, who I’ve asked to interview and who I need to follow up with. I learned from not having my articles together than organization is key.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?

I love wordpress for having a stats bar so I can see how well the post did. I consider a good post getting at least 30 unique views. I’ve had a few posts hit and surpass the 100 mark and I was so happy. The post I did about kittens needing a home had 1700+ views, I was ecstatic  of course the main issue was that they found homes.

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Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?

I look at the numbers and the comments. I love comments, that means someone is actually taking the time to respond.

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

How keep spammers from posting comments. I get so many in my spam folder, but I want to add the captcha box to keep them from even getting that far. Any advice?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?

To get reader participation. I was thinking about taking part in a bigger blog hop, posting a contest with stories, getting more guest blogs and getting some sponsorship!  (please sponsor me.. or else you get sad kitty eyes.. like those below)

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Who else is a part of this? Check out the link below.. and enjoy! =^..^=

PBC

 

16 Replies to “Pet Blogger Challenge Q & A”

  1. Was great getting to read more about how you blog. You sound very organized! I don’t know how to stop spammers from posting myself, but I don’t seem to get many spammers thankfully. I think that we have similar goals for this year!

  2. My Mom and I love mewz blog, we find out so much more about our furiends and peeps we’ve never met. This post is especially interesting as we got to know a little more about mew, Mom has wondered if mew are one of the FB kitties or doggies Mom?
    Mew are smart to be so organized, Mom is terrible about keeping my page updated as often as she would like. She has promised to be better in this new year, I must train her to follow a similar schedule to mewz. MEWHAHAHA!
    Best wishes on a pawsome blog and lots more FURbulous interviews! Mewmew!

  3. Oh My Cod! Why as me never visited yous before! Me has been reading your blog for hours since yous posted! Mes LOVES your blog and thanks yous for coming and visiting mes!
    Kisses
    Nellie

    1. hehe.. addicting isn’t it? My style changed from early 2012 to current. In the last few weeks I’ve started to branch out and visit other blogs and comment thanks to advice of another pet blogger. =^..^=

  4. Hey Chris, Mike, Bubby, Buggy, Miss Bit-Bit & little Boo, Jet here.

    Uh, we have an embarrassing question. As a proper Southern Gentleman, I usually address the humans as Miss or Mr. We cannot quite tell if we’ve lumped humans with furfamily members! Can you help us so we can remain proper?

    Thanks for sharing your organizational tools, most impressive. I love Mom, however, she’s a hot mess! Not really, she has her own way of going about all this and figures if she does her best, that’s all she can ask of herself. 🙂

    1. hehe.. sorry. I’m Chris (female) I run the blog, do the posts and whatnot.. Mike is my other half he gets to read them and hear me squee when I have a great interview coming up or have lots of comments or viewers. The B’s are all the furfamily members.

      You’re mom is great. She has you. 🙂

  5. I am also impressed (more like flabbergasted) by your level of organization. Good for you.

    As for spam, you’re lucky to be on WordPress. You should set up Akismet plugin (available in Jetpack). It’s a smart spam system that keeps them from ever posting as comments. Occasionally it will mark a real comment as spam but rarely.

    Best of all, no one has to see it on your blog. They don’t check anything or read a captcha or, my least favorite) do a math problem.

    If you have problems setting it up, contact me through my blog and I’ll try to help.

    1. I had to be organized because I ran into a few problems last year where I didn’t write down what interview was posting when. So I’ve learned to copy myself on emailed interview questions, mark it down and make sure the blog is prepped prior to posting. I just started with the themes so we shall see how that goes.

Meow! Woof! Chirrp! Tell me what you think. =^..^=