Pet Blogger Challenge 2017
My how time flies, this will be my 6th year participating in The Pet Blogger Challenge. That’s just crazy to think I’ve been blogging that long. I had to go back and read my first pet blogger challenge post, interesting how things change.
Anyway, on to the questions for this year.
When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?
I started the blog on January 22nd, 2011 as Roxy the Traveling Dog. It’s always been about sharing stories, but I have certainly shared some important stuff along the way too. The blog has evolved into a travel, photography, fun stuff, dog, art kind of a place now. Wow, maybe I need to pick a niche. Lol.
What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?
It’s an accumulation of moments really. I have written a lot of passionate, story filled posts on the wild horses. That combined with the photos I took has really brought the wild horses into peoples lives. I have had several people tell me that they learned so much, and became very invested in the lives of the horses. Some people have even told me they didn’t really like horses, until I brought them into their world. For me, the more people who are aware of the wild horses, and the uncertain future they have, the better.
Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why?
This year I did something I’ve never done before, and that was a series of posts for a whole week. My Wild Horse Week didn’t get the traffic I had hoped, but it was a labor of love just the same. The first post that week, Wild Horse Week-Friends and Family bands, was all about the strong family bonds the horses have. Of course, photos of cute little foals are always a winner.
Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?
We all have a love hate relationship with facebook, but it’s still a big referrer to my blog. So, I spend time there posting photos and links to new blog posts. Lately I have been focusing on Instagram, and have actually had people click to the blog from there.
Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year?
By far the most popular post this year is my Healthy InstantPot Dog Food recipe. People are certainly interested in making their own dog food, and the InstantPot has made it easier for a lot of us.
What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog?
This is a hard one. There are so many blogs I love, and I draw inspiration from all of them at different times. My goal this past year has been to improve as a photographer, to learn as much as my little brain can hold. My friend Mike Jackson, who lives in Jackson Hole, writes a blog with beautiful photography, and tips and tricks for Photoshop. I learn from him every summer when we take photos together, but I also learn a lot from his blog throughout the year. The Best of the Tetons, is a great place to find inspiration, and great photos of a place I love.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?
Hmmmm, I think you guys probably know all there is to know.
What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?
To chill. When I started the blog I was so focused on numbers, posting on a schedule, doing everything “they” tell you to do. I have certainly become more laid back over the years, in my life and my blogging. Now, if I have something to say, I will write a blog post. If not…meh. It’s not a big deal, the world won’t cave in. I do enjoy sharing photos and stories, I enjoy it a lot actually. But I can’t force it, it has to be real, and it has to be worth sharing.
What would you like to accomplish on your blog in 2017?
To continue to bring fun, and beautiful photography to my followers. To share our life, adventures, and the fun the 4 of us have together. Also, I’ve always wanted the blog to be a springboard for the art that Al creates, and now the art I create too. So if I accomplish all these things, I’ll be thrilled.
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?
I just want to know people like it here. Is there anything that needs changing, would you like to see more, or less of anything in particular?