Author’s Note: The Pet blogger challenge 2016..
1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.
I’ve been blogging since.. ooh good question. I was blogging on a friend’s blog about my weekend adventures and what not and then decided to blog my short stories and then it eventually turned into the pet blog. 3 years as Peace, Love & Whiskers itself and about a year before that on inner ramblings.
2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?
Oooh. I was able to go to BarkWorld again, that was a major accomplishment because I did walk away from the blog several times to return to my own fictional writing, but realized I missed the sense of community and all the friends I had made when I went to BarkWorld and BlogPaws. So I was ecstatic to be able to go to BarkWorld in November and “get back on the horse” so to speak with blogging.
3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
Ooo, tough one since I didn’t do that many last year.
I think my favorite and I’m still totally gushing over the fact that I got to meet the wonderful woman behind the blog was Random Felines.
I peppered her with so many questions about her blog, her cats and fostering I’m surprised she still answered my emails.
I just love interviewing other bloggers about their blog and how they got started and shedding a light on their passion.
4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?
Um..what traffic? Lol. Since I took a mini hiatus from the blog in 2015 I didn’t really do anything to up the traffic on my blog. I’m hoping to get some more traffic this year but getting some great stories on pets that need extra love, small pets and getting some more pitties interviewed.
I also want to highlight my advocacy to help end BSL and declawing.
5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)
6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)
I love the Cult of Otis. I’ve been following for a few years and I just love the pictures and the stories the brothers tell. They don’t post as often since Leader Otis passed, but they still carry the message that each and every one of us can make a difference by feeding and sheltering the cats we choose to take into our lives.
Towards the end of the year I really go into Brian’s Home, I love the pictures of everyone and their stories.
7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?
I’m going to rely on my own technical skills to get links, pictures and what not updated and keep them updated and get a schedule printed out for myself so I can keep better track of who I’ve interviewed and who I’m interviewing and get some more in-depth questions on certain diseases and resources to help others who have pets with those diseases.
I think as a pet guardian/owner the biggest relief is knowing you are not alone when you have a pet that’s ill, having a support group, or a website or something to cling to when you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of vet bills is a life saver.
8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?
My best piece of advice is to find your passion, there are a lot of pet blogs out there, make yours unique.
9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?
My vision for the blog in 2016 is to get posts done at weekly at the minimum, twice a week at the max.
10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
I would like to know where to find pets & people to interview, Facebook has been my main source of interviews, I want to branch out and get more sources.
Where is a good place to find pets with special needs? I want to highlight those that need the extra love and care.
I want to talk about more small pets, bring on the lizards, geckos, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets and everything in between! There are so many cat/dog pages on Facebook it’s nearly impossible to find small pets.
I need help finding them, send them to me, please.
As for my advocacy, I want to really get the word out about ending declawing and BSL, so I am always looking for pets/people to interview about that and find out what they are doing locally to make a difference.
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