Sunday, January 8, 2017

The 7th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

It's that time of year again to participate in the Pet Blogger Challenge!  I'll admit, 2016 was not a stellar year for us - lots of changes and the loss of my Mom - I almost didn't want to join this year.  ...but, I'm hoping to find some good in 2016 and am definitely looking forward to 2017!

When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?

We started How Sam Sees It in July of 2008.  It's hard to believe we are fast approaching our 9th Anniversary!  Our main goal was to entertain folks with silly photos and stories about our beloved pups, and I feel we have stayed true to that.  We've showcased a few products, but the main theme of our blog is the story. 

What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?

I've always liked a good detective novel, and this years Furry Friday Mysteries was exciting for me!  It picked up a story line we started back when Sam was still with us, and tied it in to include both Harlow and Ramble.  We look forward to bringing it back in 2017!

Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

I'd have to say, by far, my favorite blog post this year (....and I don't have many to chose from!) was our introduction for Ramble.  Bringing the Nekkid Dog into the household presented challenges, and for the blog, introducing him and capturing the character of each pup was huge!

Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?

Unfortunately, 2016 wasn't our year to increase traffic to the blog, or keep up on any of the 2016 goals.  Forward to 2017!

Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? (Please include a link.) Have you noticed any themes across your most popular posts?

Sadly for us, the post with the most traffic was my tribute to my mother, who passed away after a lifetime of struggling with medical conditions.  If you wish to read it, here is the link:

What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog? (Please include a link.)

Haha - this has got to be the most difficult question of them all!!  I've had the honor of reading and being friends with some of the best bloggers out there - I think it would be impossible to list everyone who has had some influence on my blog.  ...but thank you all! 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?

Hmmmm....  I'm pretty open about the ups and downs of owning our silly pups.  I suppose it could be that Harlow can be shy around strange men, Ramble is still not perfect on potty training, and Monty has a huuuuuge fear of firecrackers.  Our pups aren't perfect, but we don't expect them to be - it wouldn't be any fun if they were!

What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?

I've struggled with answering this one - can I have a pass?  In all honesty, the blog slipped down the list of importance this year.  We had a major life change, a major death...  Probably the only thing I've learned is that it is okay to take a break.  Life comes first.

What would you like to accomplish on your blog in 2017?

Definitely want to post more!  ...and post more stories!  I miss being able to be a little bit silly and creative at the same time!

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?

What would folks like to see from our blog?  More reviews?  More stories?  More photos?  

Thank you all so much for reading and sticking with us over the years!  We love every comment we receive!

Join the Pet Blogger Challenge Jan 7th, 8th and 9th


  1. I haven't stopped by in awhile, but glad I did! I am sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Life and family definitely come first. The great thing about blogging is you can take breaks and come back when you are ready.

  2. Sometimes blogging has to be on the back burner. Hope 2017 will inspire you to post more.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of your terrible year, 2016 seems to be that for a lot of people. Hope 2017 brings you more happiness, and inspiration to post more. I think keep posting what you enjoy writing the most, and it will shine through :)

  4. We love reading your blog and we love your pups♥

  5. That is a great challenge post. We're so sorry about your 2016, and the loss of your mom.
    Tootsie & Renee

  6. Sadly, 2016 wasn't a great year for a lot of folks. But no worries because 2017 is anyone and everyone's year. Here's to you sharing more stories in 2017!

  7. I've been following for a while now and have been here through the laughs and the tears. Throughout the many challenges you and your family have faced, you've handled them all with grace, dignity and sometimes humor. Here is to a new year filled with lots of love, laughs and many more pictures of all the pups, horses and chickens. Thanks for letting us tag along for the ride.

  8. Furry interesting!

    We've met SOOOOO many wonderful and GReat dogs and khats and humans thru blogging!

    Funny when we look bakhk on our early posts - we had zillions of daily khomments - and now just a few - but we keep on doing it - partially to keep our human's brain sharp :-)

    Here's to many more GReat stories from WOOshington State!


  9. I am so excited to hear that Furry Friday Mysteries will be returning!!!

  10. A lot going on. It's a new year friend it will only be better
    Lily & Edward

  11. We love reading your blog - but it's important to cut yourself some slack. :). We all do what we can.

  12. We love your blog, you and all your dogs. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks for commenting on our blog too.

    We are always waiting for the next big adventure through your eyes. ;)

  13. I love your blog! I have to say that I also love your "micro blogging" and can't tell you how many much needed giggles you(and da Princess, da Monty and da Ramble) have given me while scrolling through FB.
    Here's to 2017!
    Dory and Mama Beth

  14. I really liked reading your blog!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you will have a happier 2017:)

  15. What wonderful and thoughtful answers.
    WE love pictures of the pups and stories.
    Hugs madi and mom

  16. Christine, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. What a difficult year 2016 must have been for you. And I think you're absolutely right - taking a break is sometimes what we need to take care of ourselves. We can't give when we're running on empty! So I'm glad that you took care of yourself, and I hope that 2017 is a fantastic year for you. Thanks so much for joining the Challenge, and be well!

  17. Congratulations on your 9th year of blogging! Unfortunately, I'm not a regular reader, but if we usually click through to other blogs when we see interesting product reviews and images. Also, anything having to do with training usually piks our interest. Good luck to you in 2017!

  18. This is my first time here and I have a question for you. I saw that you've been managing this blog for 9 years - how do you keep it up? Have you ever taken breaks and for how long? What do you do when you feel like bagging it; how do you get new inspiration?

    1. Hi! ...and welcome! It's not easy keeping up a blog for this long - especially when you like to tell stories! It helps that we have very quirky dogs and it isn't too hard to create stories about them. I also love to take photos and find it fun to creatively put those photos together. As for taking a break - 2016 was our largest hiatus ever. Sometimes you just need to!