The Third Annual Pet Blogger Challenge is today, January 10th and all pet bloggers are invited to join this community event! There is still time, whether you are a first timer or have participated in past Pet Blogger Challenges. Find more information and get the Linky list and code to join the blog hop at the Go Pet Friendly blog. If you are using Word Press, the link does not work and you will need to add your blog post directly on Go Pet Friendly.
I am a first timer and these are the questions and my answers:
When did you begin your blog? We just celebrated our 6th Blogoversary with a tribute to Fisher.
What was your original purpose for starting a blog? Back then, I was excited about my new computer and read many articles about using the internet. I have always wanted to be a writer, but never found a venue that would be as much fun as the things I learned about blogging. I had the idea that Fisher would be a pet advice writer for other pets who would write letters about their issues. I would post the letter and her answer on the blog. After a slow start, Fisher’s letters were published in the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) free daily tabloid, tbt*. We had a great run for a few years, and then many columnists were cut from the publication, including us.
Is your current purpose the same? Yes, in many it is, but now it is a little different.
If not, what’s different? Fisher has passed. The blog and I went into a bit of a tailspin over how to handle the situation. Ask Fisher, the advice-giving cat, is coming back. We can no longer physically sit together in the office, but I know her inspiration will still be the brains behind the advice. The old goals were met, and we feel we can bring them back and meet them again.
How often do you post? Now a minimum of three times a week.
Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? I prefer to post when the spirit moves me. Knowing Fisher, posts will easily be three times a week.
- If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? I highly admire the bloggers who do have a schedule. I have tried it, but it just does not work for me.
- How do you think your decision affects your audience? The more natural I am, the better my writing. I hope they enjoy it and visit often.
- How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?” When I am inspired to write it. It is important to be happy with my own post first before I can expect anyone else to enjoy it. Fortunately pet bloggers are the nicest people, and they do not criticize.
How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? I spend much more time noodling an idea around in my head than the actual writing of it. On average, it is probably 7 hours a week of writing.
- How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all. Visiting other bloggers is a pleasure. I make sure I have the time to enjoy it. I learn a lot from them. The time spent varies.
How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)? I know this is a very important issue. I have little knowledge of how to do it. I do not get a lot of comments, shares, or traffic. I do know it helps if I comment on other blogs and acknowledge bloggers when they visit me. When I started to do that, things picked up.
- Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions? Neither. I realize this should be my next learning curve.
If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be? Oh dear! I really do not know where to start. But, I will definitely think about this question.
What goals do you have for your blog in 2013? My biggest goal is to get back to my original purpose of providing entertaining and helpful advice to other pets out there. Secondly, I will keep visiting different sites and reading about best practices.