Nine years! Nine years, baby! And we’re still blogging.
Happy to join our host, Amy Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com for the virtual block party every pet blogger looks forward to. If you want to join the fun, answer the challenge questions on your blog and link to the hop.
Now let’s get down to it.
For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
Damn, I already gave it away.
I’ve been blogging since the day I brought Honey home to live with us, almost nine years ago. Honey was born in January. So guess how old she’s going to be this week?
Honey asks that no one send her gifts. In lieu of presents, she asks that you play with a dog of your choice.
But anyway, I’ve blogged about life with Honey and building a strong bond with our dogs.
In 2015, we sold nearly everything we owned and moved into a sailboat. We’ve been cruising the eastern United States ever since. I’ve been slowly transitioning into writing about our travels and sharing tips for others who’d like to cruise with their dogs.
What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?
Does managing to blog at all count?
One of my goals for 2018 was to win an award for a blog post. I’m pleased to be a finalist for the best online article on behavior or training at the Dog Writer’s Association of America.
Read What Big Ships Can Teach You About Walking Your Dog, my entry in the competition. A Something Wagging trademark? Learning more about dogs from something absolutely unrelated (at first glance).
Cross your fingers for me. The DWAA will announce the winner at their annual dinner on February 10.
What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, and how did/will you tackle it?
My two biggest challenges? Finding the confidence to blog and the time to blog.
I have a feeling that if I could recover from the first one, I’d find a way to work through the second.
Both Mike and I work from the boat. We also have to maintain it. And everything we do takes longer–walking Honey, cooking, bathing, cleaning, etc.
Add to that travel days where we often rise at 5:00 a.m. to get Honey off to shore before weighing anchor at 7:00 a.m., and then travel all day before taking Honey off the boat again, making dinner, cleaning up, and falling asleep to start all over again.
Oh, and don’t forget getting in an hour or so of paid work for our bosses.
Not only do I have less time to blog, but I also have less time to follow other bloggers. It feels isolating at times. And my confidence wanes as I wonder if anything I write is worth reading.
I have tons of things I want to do with Something Wagging (I have a new theme waiting to be set up) and no shortage of things to write about. I even have some great ideas for funny videos starring Honey.
I’ve been contemplating starting a collaborative relationship with another blogger. As an extrovert, having a buddy is a big help.
I’ve also reluctantly finally bought a smartphone. I need to teach myself how to use it so I can do blog tasks more easily.
Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
That’s like trying to choose between your puppies or kitties! Are you crazy, woman?
Okay, I’ll pick When You Need A Sign, It Will Appear. Just Not Before.
I wrote When You Need A Sign while I was contemplating Honey’s mortality after treating her for a stubborn infection. It’s one of those goofy posts linking unlike things together. I love to write them and they’re an utter waste of time as far as Google is concerned.
Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?
Generally, it takes a few years for posts to get a lot of hits. But in 2018 30 Best Cheap And Safe Dog Treats From The Supermarket was most popular.
I’m proud of the post. I think people find it helpful. Especially in an era where supermarket dog treats and fatal illnesses are increasingly linked.
Did you implement a new series, feature, or practice on your blog in 2018 that you’re enjoying?
I’ve started writing posts about places we travel. I reviewed the pet-friendly towns of Beaufort and Georgetown in South Carolina. And when I wrote my 2018 year in review post, I included GPS coordinates for some of my favorite anchorages to help fellow cruisers.
I have tons of notes and pictures for other interesting places we’ve visited like the Dismal Swamp and Beaufort, North Carolina.
I hope new readers, in particular, enjoy learning about the places we travel and find it helpful if they visit with their own pets.
My goal was to recover my traffic after a deep dip. And I was thrilled to learn a lot more about SEO and am working to reorganize my blog to make it more useful.
Sadly, I feel the pressure to write thinking about SEO. And it feels much harder than just writing whatever silly thing comes to my mind. But I’m sure I’ll integrate all I’ve learned eventually.
As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?
As a nomad, one new way I’m promoting my blog is talking to fellow cruisers I meet. Creating new readers one at a time is not efficient. But it’s loads of fun.
You can also find Something Wagging on Instagram. I have no idea how to use it to promote my blog yet. But just one more reason to learn how to use my phone.
Yes, I’ve been posting to Instagram from my computer. Isn’t it amazing how hard I work to do things ass-backward?
But once I get my blog reorganized and onto a regular posting schedule, promotion is my next goal.
Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is? What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?
Hmm, good question.
My first five answers felt too small. I guess what I want to accomplish with my blog in 2019 is that I want to integrate it into my life. I want to share the places we travel, new things I’m learning about Honey and myself, and to help other people go adventuring with their dogs–especially by boat.
The steps I plan to take?
- Finish reorganizing the content of my blog (nearly 1500 posts and counting)
- Set up a new theme that will make it easier for readers to find the information they want most
- Post regularly
- Develop a relationship with another blogger to help keep me motivated
- Learn how to use my phone to do blogging tasks while underway
Oh, and you’re hearing this first–I’d like to start another blog related to but different from Something Wagging This Way Comes.
I’ve bought the domain name Emotionalnomad.com. Can you guess what it will be about?
Years ago, I had two blogs of my own while writing as a contributor to a third and working full time. Do you think I can do it again?
Now it’s your turn! How can we help? Is there an area where you could use some advice, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in comments!
In 2018 I worked as a virtual assistant on three blogs/websites besides Something Wagging. I love helping other people succeed in their passion projects. I just wish I could convince myself that I’m as worthy of the effort as other people are.
Does anyone have any ideas to help me develop as much confidence in my own work as I have in other people’s?
If you do, 2019 could be the year that Something Wagging This Way Comes (and Emotional Nomad) kicks ass.