OMD, it’s that time again! Time to hang with my pet blogging peeps and try to be somewhat amusing for non-blogging readers.
The pressure! The pressure! Can I do it?
Well, I can only try.
What Is The Pet Blogger Challenge?
Amy carries on the tradition to this day, giving pet bloggers a chance to look back on the past year and forward to the next.
I’ve joined the Pet Blogger Challenge every year. And I’m thrilled to be joining again.
If you’re a blogger and want to join the fun, check out Amy’s invitation to join the Pet Blogger Challenge.
Answering The Pet Blogger Challenge
For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
I began blogging in March 2010, the week Honey came to live with us. My goal was to write about our lives together, share our time with foster pups, and to ponder the human canine bond.
Actually, I’ll write about anything that I can relate in some way to dogs. And I can relate anything to dogs. Go ahead. Just try me.
In August 2015 we moved on board a 34 foot sailboat and started cruising the eastern United States. Now I write about our travels and life on board. I share ideas for adventuring with your dog that I’ve learned on our boat.
What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?
Hmmmm, how about publishing 40 posts over the course of the year?
Given that I used to write over 200 posts annually on two different blogs when I was working full-time, it’s a pretty paltry accomplishment. But everything takes longer on a boat.
Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.
I love taking two ideas that seem to have little in common and relating them to each other. So my favorite post would have to be What Big Ships Can Teach You About Walking Your Dog.
In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?
Well, I definitely don’t measure it by the number of monthly visitors.
After having record traffic in January 2017, the number of visitors crashed into the cellar. I was terribly discouraged. But I’ve begun addressing technical issues in hopes of figuring out what I did to piss off the Google gods.
So if it’s not numbers, how do I measure success? Well, I think of continuing to blog in the face of technical challenges to be a sign of success.
But even more important are the relationships I’ve formed with my readers. If success can be measured by the people we end up caring about, I’m a freaking master.
In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?
I’m trying to fit into a new blog identity that embraces our life on board while not alienating my followers who think I’m crazy for living on a small boat with a big dog.
Is it working?
What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?
The biggest challenge was facing the discouragement of losing so much traffic at the beginning of the year. When I finally got over just feeling bad about a major crash, I got to work trying to figure out how to appease Google.
I tackled a bunch of technical tasks: speeding up my site, changing links, and in the biggest move, getting an SSL certificate.
What did I learn from this? That even someone as technophobic as I am can do technical tasks. It just takes patience. And lots and lots of googling.
When things get hard, what keeps you blogging? (Question submitted by Pamela Douglas Webster of Something Wagging This Way Comes)
Hey, that’s me.
Well, heck, if I had the answer, I wouldn’t have suggested Amy ask it in the hop. Although I suspect that for me, it’s just plain stubbornness. And hating the risk of losing the wonderful friends I like keeping up with.
Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog this year?
In 2018 I have two major goals. The first is to settle into a new identity sharing helpful information for people who enjoy adventuring with their dogs, especially, but not exclusively, on boats.
The second is to increase the small income I’ve earned from Something Wagging without annoying everyone. Boat parts are expensive.
In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is there one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?
(Question submitted by Jodi Chick of Kol’s Notes)
One? ONE? I have tons to learn.
I want to improve my social media mojo. I want to learn more about CSS. I want to become a dog nail trimming ninja (I’m actually taking a class on this).
Although the biggest skill I need to learn is self-management. Perhaps next year Amy will start the Pet Blogger Therapy Challenge.
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? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in the comments!
For years, I’ve thought of Something Wagging mainly as a blog. But most people come here searching for an answer to a specific question. Should I be creating a landing page that directs people toward other content similar to what brought them to Something Wagging to begin with? Do you have a landing page? How has it worked for you?