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Second Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

1. Provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.
My post-  Pet Blogger Challenge2. What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s post?
3. Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed over the past year? Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10I attended BlogPaws which was one of my goals.  That really helped invigorate how I felt about  my blogging. I wasn’t able to stay and see all the talks I wanted to (stinkin’ Hurricane Irene) but enjoyed the ones I was able to attend and learned something from each of them.I’ve been blogging more although it’s not quite on the schedule I’d like. I’m getting better and was able to post everyday for 25 days doing a Christmas Countdown series. This is a big step for me because finding time can be hard, but I find I’m getting better the more I blog. I also am not spending as much time making sure my post is perfect.  I’ve been done with school for over 3 years now and am finally getting away from that whole writing for a good grade thing so I don’t go over and over posts before publishing them.

4. Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you changed?
Which are you doing now?
Do you still worry about lost traffic, momentum, etc?

I don’t think so.  I think some type of posts lend themselves to be able to be scheduled while others are more for being posted when they are written.  I do some of both on my blog. I would like to schedule more posts ahead of time to give me a bit of leeway. I don’t really worry about losing traffic, but I do worry about losing momentum.  I am finding I do better when I get into a routine. Doing the one post a day for Christmas helped get me more in the routine.

 

5. Are you generating income from your blog?
Has this changed since last year?
If you are generating income, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?
If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?

No income. No change from last year.  I would love to be able to make some money from this hobby, actually I would love to be able to make a living from this, but right now it’s not my main goal.  I do have some ads on my blog, use some affiliate links and joined an ad network so we’ll see how it goes.  It would at least be nice to earn enough to cover my web hosting fees.

 

6. Have your likes and dislikes about blogging changed since last year?

I don’t think my likes and dislikes have changed at all. Maybe all the social media stuff that seems to be a requirement these days.  I can’t seem to find time to do it all so feel like I’m missing out when I can’t keep up with this stuff.

 

7. Overall, are you pleased with the progress you made in 2011?

YES! I have been able to blog more which was what I really wanted to do.  I’ve been able to participate in different pet events on my blog. And I’ve met a lot of different pet bloggers online and at BlogPaws that I follow and learn from. I even got to guest post on Cat Chat with Caren & Cody which was a first for me.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?

I have some ideas for post series to do throughout the year that I plan to start working on in the next few weeks. I think these will help give me more consistent topics rather then the scattered topics that appear.  I hope that will help with traffic. I would also like to do some more guest posting.

I feel my posts tend to be too stiff, but when I writing words like esophagogastroduodenoscopy at work it can be hard to write the way I want. The more writing I am doing the more comfortable I feel and am hoping to find my writing voice this year. And lastly I want to conquer  this whole social media thing. Once I get it into my routine, I’ll feel better about it.  As with anything, it’s a process.

19 comments to Second Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

  • Blogging is definitely a process! And it always seems there’s just not enough time in the day to get it all done. I’m so impressed that you blogged every day leading up to Christmas – a time of year when life usually gets ridiculously busy. Good for you! Thanks so much for joining the challenge.

  • Just hopping through trying to meet new bloggie people. Have an awesome day!!!!

  • Thanks very much for joining in the challenge! Like Amy, I am very impressed at your being so disciplined as to blog every day around Christmas.

    Best of luck for 2012!

  • Amy

    Stopping by to say Hi and thanks for checking us out! Looking forward to reading more of your posts, and interested to see how training your bird turns out. :)

  • I agree… the social media stuff adds a whole new dimension to everything. I found it very overwhelming at first, but I’m starting to get a better feel for it all.

  • dawn

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • dawn

    Time is such a big thing, but I’m trying to remind myself I can’t do it all and if I try it won’t be done well. It’s just hard to do that!

  • dawn

    Not having kids, spending the day at my sister’s and trying to keep it simple helped with the holidays. I also learned I can do short posts and it’s okay.

  • dawn

    Thanks for stopping by! It will be interesting. I love clicker training, but moving from training my dogs who are so easy to my bird was a big eye-opener. It will help that Eco and I have done some clicker training already.

  • dawn

    I guess it’s like everything else with blogging, it takes time. It just seems so hard trying to be so many places all the time. I need to win the lottery so I can spend all my time blogging!

  • Blog Paws is a great place to meet people that is when Mother Nature cooperates. Sorry you had to leave early.

    The social media aspect scared me until I realized that I could just be myself and those that wanted to know me would and those that didn’t it was/is their loss.

    Nice post.

  • Social Media adds a whole new level to blogging for sure – one that was totally unexpected to me. Mostly because of the massive time commitment, but the benefits are undeniable. I get a ton of traffic from our Facebook page.

  • Let me know when you get all the social media things down! There’s just so many options, and it’s taking its toll trying to work out what is best to use… I like Twitter, and I’ve recently started a FB page for my blog and am enjoying that. Other than that, the other social media accounts I have tend to get lost.

  • You’ve given so much back by setting up the 31DBBB challenge. I’m amazed at all you do.

    I hope we can meet up at BlogPaws this year. I have to sign up this weekend.

    Good luck meeting your goals for 2012!

  • No idea there were so many pet bloggers out there! what a community! Glad I found you via the Challenge.

  • dawn

    I think I’m going to stick with Twitter and FB or I will spread myself to thin. Hopefully I will get it!

  • dawn

    Thanks Pamela! I like doing the challenge although I’m so behind!! Not sure I will make it to BlogPaws this year. It’s not really in the budget, but hopefully next year!

  • ckmorita

    I think you are totally correct when you say you’ll feel more comfortable about the social media thing once you get into a routine. We haven’t written anything down yet for 2012, but I have some ideas for keeping myself on track with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and my blog.

    I like your idea for Christmas Countdown Series. I’ve done some similar “series” posts in the past and have plans for a few different “series” posts this year.

    Best of luck in 2012!

  • We struggle (oh so much) with Social media at Casa de Kolchak. I can’t deny that it works. We get a huge amount of our traffic from Facebook referrals and I have been lucky to get to know some of the Kol’s Notes community better there. Definitely worth the added effort…if you can find time!

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