I’m sharing an extra post this week so I can participate in the 2019 Pet Blogger Challenge. Although I am a relatively new blogger, I still think it is exciting to look at what I’ve accomplished so far and dream about where I want to go from here. The Pet Blogger Challenge is organized by Amy Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com. I recommend you check out Amy’s blog to see all the great things you and your pets can do together.
To participate in the challenge I need to answer the following 10 questions in a blog post. Feel free to make comments.
2019 Pet Blogger Challenge
Q: For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
A: I have been blogging for less than one year and my main topic is dog care and positive reinforcement dog training.
Q: What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?
A: Honestly, I think it was just having the gumption to start and to also share about my own experiences with a reactive dog. Happily, readers have been kind and responsive.
Q: What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, and how did/will you tackle it?
A: Just getting readers consistently. Blogging, even just within the pet industry, is huge and so there are many amazing blogs for folks to read. I want to attract and keep “raving fans” by sharing amazing and well-researched content that is also well written.
Q: Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
A: I think it was a personal one I wrote that was pretty popular. It’s the story of how I met and fell in love with my dog. It’s hard to be personal but it was something I wanted to share. It’s called: How the dog I didn’t want became the love of my life.
Q: Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?
A: The most popular one so far is one called “Why E-Collars are Cruel.” I think it was popular because it shared my own experiences with using an e-collar (something I no longer do) along with recent research scientifically showing that they are cruel.
Q: Did you implement a new series, feature, or practice on your blog in 2018 that you’re enjoying?
A: No, but that’s a great idea and I think I will come up with one.
Q: As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?
A: I share my posts on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I have an Instagram account but I started it as my dog’s account and haven’t yet really figured out how to use it for my business. I also include links to my latest posts in my email newsletter. I definitely need to be doing more promotions though. I need my email subscriber numbers to grow as well!
Q: Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?
A: Educate a million people about the power of positive reinforcement training and the dangers of traditional aversive training methods. I would love for my blog to truly start a movement.
Q: What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?
A: Posting well-written and well-researched articles. I also intend to learn more about promoting my blog and get more involved with the pet blogging community.
Q: 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!
A: My two biggest frustrations with my blog are how long formatting my articles takes (and they still sometimes look a bit wonky) and getting the word out about my blog so more people can read it.
This was super fun! I’m excited to read all the other 2019 Pet Blogger Challenge posts.