Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

I'm taking the Pet blogger challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10 

Last year, 82 bloggers joined the Pet Blogger Challenge. This year it's back again!

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

1. How long have you been blogging? About 9 years. Wow, that seems like a long time.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
I feel most proud when I'm able to highlight a good cause or someone else's helpful blog post.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
I got real busy with work, health and life and had to stop posting for a while. It sometimes is unavoidable. But keep posting as consistent as possible. When I dropped off due to life getting in the way, I felt like it was difficult to build up the engagement again.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Connecting with others. Networking. It's the best way, although very time consuming. There are so many great blogs I'd love to have the time to read regularly. Sometimes I'm reading but don't have time to leave a comment. I love to know that people out there are reading, and comments is one way to show that, and I'd love to do that for others more often. Sharing on FB and twitter etc is a great way to network.

5. What was your most popular posts?
My giveaways are popular, and Wordless Wednesday is popular. Otherwise, two of my most popular posts were Why I want to Foster Senior Dogs
and The Pros and Cons of Dog Play.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
A little photo contest, Guess What Zeke Ate? was fun!
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
I'm more selective about what reviews I accept.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
One thing I've learned writing for Guideposts magazine is to write for my "one reader"--to figure out who is the target audience for my story and write for her. Figure out who is your blog's target audience, and try to picture them when you write. What types of posts will they enjoy and find helpful?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
This year I relaunched my blog, changing the title from Peggy's Pet Place to The Writer's Dog. I feel really happy about the change and direction I started in 2014 and hope to continue figuring out what I'm doing this year!

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I'd love to hear what you'd like to see more of on The Writer's Dog!



  1. I loved your "Guess what Zeke ate post"!

    Monty and Harlow

  2. Thank you Sam. Guess what, last week he ate a couch cushion. So now Zeke has to stay in a crate for half-days while son is at work. Poor Zeke!

  3. Great to meet you, just found you through the challenge and I'll be sticking around to read more. Added you to my feedly. :)

  4. Thank you so much Dee! I'll look forward to visiting you as well. Hugs to the shelties!

  5. I like your new look. All your answers were spot on, and we all could learn from 9 years of experience.

  6. Wow, 9 years is a long time to blog - congrats for sticking with it! Looking forward to reading more in 2015! :)

  7. I *just* noticed you changed everything! I think t looks great and I love the title. I look forward to reading more in 2015! :-)

  8. Wow - 9 years! I agree that visiting other blogs is the best way to get new traffic - but also agree it's super time consuming, so not always an option.

  9. Nine years. Wow! Congratulations on your staying power.

    I appreciate your advice to write for one reader. I've read it many times and never been able to make it work. If I think about it too long, I doubt I have anything worth any one person reading.

    Instead, I write purely for myself and hope someone else will find it interesting.

    It would be terrible advice for a professional writer and it's why I don't see myself writing for a living, ever.

  10. Wow. Nine years? That's great Peggy. I haven't had time with school to keep in touch with many of my pet blogger friends but do really appreciate you including us in your last book. I am glad you are happy with the rebranding of your blog.

  11. i guess pet owner should get some of initial pet care information training which will lead for better health of our furry pets Lost and found

  12. Nine years blogging! That is a wonderful accomplishments. Congratulations! I know the feeling of getting busy with life. Last year was a slow blogging year for me, but I hope to get back into the groove in 2015.

    Good luck to you and your blog this year!

  13. I think you win the prize for longevity! Nine years is amazing, Peggy. I'm happy to see the changes to your blog and to see your work with Guideposts. It's so inspiring.

  14. Nine years is an amazing accomplishment, Peggy - good for you! I also really love the rebranding that you did this year. It's a more accurate description of what your blog is about.

    I've never heard the advice of imagining my one reader and writing for her. I'm not sure how that will work out, but I'm going to give it a try!

    Thanks so much for participating in the Challenge. I'm wishing you and your family a fantastic and healthy 2015, and looking forward to seeing what the next year brings you and your blog. Maybe we'll throw a party for your 10th blogeversary!

  15. Nine years... wow! It's so awesome that you have such drive and creativity after all this time. You're definitely a blogging inspiration!


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