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1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
I have been blogging since July 2008, although at the time we had no idea what direction this blog would take. It kind of fizzled out. We consider our official start date to be April 2009. We knew we wanted the blog to be about our dogs, but didn't quite have the format down. We love to put up quirky stories, Photoshops, photos and posts that hopefully make folks smile.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
I've always been hit and miss with blog posts. My goal was to beat my highest year for posts which was 2010 with 126 posts. We managed to squeak post that number in 2014 with 130. My goal this year is to pass that number.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
My answer is actually the same as last years - the dog blogging community is wonderful. They have shown that to me time and time again. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help or questions. Technical support, dog questions, and a great support team when life gets a little rough - they are there.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
I love visiting other blogs and reading what folks have to say. I've had a jump in readers in the last month and I think that is mainly because I've expanded my list of blogs I visit. Being friendly really helps. I also share my posts on Facebook and get a few folks that wouldn't normally read blogs visiting that way.
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
That's a tough one! Reviewing my posts from last year I can see several that came out in top. Harlow's broken toe had a lot of comments, as well as Sugar coming to Phoenix. We also get a lot of comments on our humorous posts, such as Garth Riley's Dog in the Box contest and our new year's post from last year.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
Another tough question! My favorite posts are when I get to tell stories through a series of photos. I have the most fun putting these together. Our most recent was where Harlow decided to take up hiking, or when our Halloween decorations caused some concern.
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
I don't mind doing a limited amount of reviews. Typically I have one review a month right now from chewy.com. I'm not sure I want to change that amount, as I've noticed reviews get the least amount of traffic/readers. This year I want to change my format of the reviews to see if I can put that "quirky" spin on them that I love to do.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
Just have fun. I love to do this because I have fun putting the pictures together and love the feedback I get from folks who read our blog.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015? Well, as mentioned above, I want to get a little better with consistently getting posts up. Last year it was a minimum of two posts per week, this year I'd like to try for three. I also want to make sure I'm not just posting for the sake of posting, so that is challenging me to take a look at the content of my posts.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
Wow - that's a good question. Right now I'm not experiencing any challenges that I need any help on, but I know if I do, I've got a great support group to ask for help!
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