Hosted by Go Pet Friendly, this is a series of questions we are to answer, and really step back to see where we are at with out blogs, how far we have come, and what our goals are.
Here we go :
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 November 2013.
When you come here, you will get a variety of things. I like to think of us as a one stop shop for anything dog related. I provide tons of great facts about Siberian Huskies, general tips and tricks for any breed, introduce great products we discover, as well as providing links to adoptable huskies and our very own handmade Pet themed jewelry.
2. Tell us one thing you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
This is a tough one. I accomplished SO much in 2014 as that was my first year blogging. I would have to go with opening my own jewelry shop here on the blog.
3. What lessons have you learned this year - from other blogs - or from your own experience - that could help us all with our own blogs?
One thing I learned quickly is that people love pictures. A blog post full of words just feels like to much work, not enough entertainment. People love to learn things from our blogs but they like to be entertained while their at it. It is human nature. Good photos or even funny photos related to your blog posts always makes it a much more interesting read.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content.
Sharing. I am on just about every social media network there is, and sharing sharing sharing is the way to go. Another big one is to visit other peoples blogs, and stay engaged in a conversation through your social media shares.
5. What was your most popular post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
My most popular post of 2014 was "K9 Kelp - Time to vote"
I held a summer fun contest where people could win their own set of personalized coins.
It was a fun competition, and no I am not surprised it had the most views. People love contests, and love to vote for their fav dog photos.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
I really enjoyed my bloopers post. We all know how hard it is to take photos of our pets. Every one of us ends up having photos that are virtually unusable. But I turned my unusable photos into a bloopers post, and had a lot of fun going through all the photos I have.
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaway changed this year?
If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn't work at all?
If you don't do reviews, is this something you'd like to do more of?
I love to do product reviews. I do paid sponsored reviews as well as reviews in exchange for products. I know some bloggers will not do a review unless they get paid, but I honestly don't mind getting a product in exchange. I love to be able to discover new things to share with my readers.
With my reviews I find honesty is the best policy. Readers come to you for answers and info. If I don't like a product, I will not say that is a good thing to buy just for the purpose of not wanting to write a bad review. I also only review products I believe in, and treats that are healthy for my fur babies.
8. What is your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
Hmmm....this is a tough one too.
If there was one anything I could say, it is to keep engaging with your readers.
Answer your comments so your readers know what they say matters to you. If they have a blog, go check it out when someone comes to yours.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
My goals are to keep expanding my traffic. I love seeing new faces here, and would love to continue to grow as I have been. Another goal is to get our jewelry n things shop's name out in the world. We haven't been around long so I would like to learn how to get our name out there.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge, what would it be?
There are actually 2 things I would ask. First, I would love any tips on managing time with all of the different social media networks plus blogging. Second, I would love to learn about promoting a business and how to get a name out in the internet world.
If your still reading this, that means you stuck with us through this very wordy blog post.
Thanks for that! I took this challenge last year as well, and it's a great way to really get the brain working and thinking about where we have come, and where we want to go with this blog.
See you Monday!