Pet Blogger Challenge 2018
Pet Blogger Challenge 2018
For the past 8 years, my friend Amy at Go Pet Friendly has hosted the Pet Blogger Challenge. She creates new questions for us to answer, and it’s a fun way to see what everyone is up to with their blog. If you’re new here, you may not know that this blog started out as Roxy the Traveling Dog, and that I rebranded 3 years ago to create what I have now.
So without further ado, here is this years questions and my answers.
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’m fast approaching 7 years of blogging, hardly seems possible, and this is my 7th Pet Blogger Challenge. My main topic is whatever strikes me. I talk about our travels, where we are, and what we are doing. The dogs, Roxy and Torrey, are always in there, and I focus a lot on my photography.
Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
My favorite post has to be “Sharing the Wild Horses with my nieces.” It’s my favorite because of the memory it was for me, and them. They still talk about it, and a lasting memory was definitely created.
In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?
I like creating posts that people enjoy. Did the photos brighten their day, or did they maybe learn something new? Positive comments, and a general appreciation for the content is a measure of success for me.
In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?
It hasn’t really changed this year.
What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?
I think my biggest challenge was to keep writing the blog. There have been times in the past year, that I think I could have easily just quit. See the answer below, for more on that.
When things get hard, what keeps you blogging?
I love sharing, and I love that my readers appreciate what I share, but in the end the blog is for me. It’s an online diary of where we have been, and what we’ve done. If I stopped blogging, I would lose that diary. And I really don’t want to do that.
Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog this year?
I started a new weekly feature, From Clicking to Creating. I want to bring people together who are interested in photography through this. I am participating in two 52 week photo challenges again this year, and the idea of the weekly feature is to go behind the making of the photo. My readers can see how I interpreted the weekly prompts, and why. In turn, they can share what they did, and we can all learn a little something new.
In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is there one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?
I understand that WordPress is going to be changing dramatically. I want to be able to master that, instead of being afraid of the change. I tend to like things to be familiar, and comfortable.
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!
What do you guys like to see on the blog? As I said in the answer to the first question, I tend to be all over the map on content and not really focused on any one thing. Is there a particular subject you would like to see more of, or maybe have a question I can try and answer? Do you like that you never know what’s coming in the next blog post, or should I be more focused and predictable?
Check out all the bloggers, and their answers to this years Pet Blogger Challenge.
Oh those precious pets, they always make me happy and some of my favorite blogs are those where the pet is the main attraction. Hey, guys!
I knew this was in January, but I didn’t realize it was like now! I will have to scramble I guess! I don’t see your blog as being all over the place at all. Photography is what I would say is the focus. Sometimes you throw in projects from Al, but that too is photo based and creativity. It is always interesting because you are moving around and your subjects change. Not sure what I would do differently.
Thanks for that. I sometimes wonder I don’t have the “niche” like “they” say you should. I am my own niche. Lol
We have a niche kind of, but we don’t go with the crowds and prefer to do our own thing. It makes us happy. Rescues for one thing is a wonderful thing, but not something we are interested in blogging about. Being yourself is what counts.
Hello, being a dog lover I really enjoy seeing your pet photos. Roxy and Torrey are both cuties. Enjoy your day and weekend!
I’m so glad I hopped over! I’m somewhat fortunate that my significant other is a professional photographer. Sometimes he’ll touch up, edit, and crop my photos or he’ll take the shots. Other times, though, I want or need the photo NOW, so learning more about how I can edit my own photos is pretty exciting! I can’t remember what program he uses, so I’ll need to find out. Looking forward to reading these Tuesday tutorials and seeing the photos you create for your two different challenges.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the Tuesday posts, and will join in with photos of your own.
I could say “Ditto!” To Emma’s comment, but I want you to know that I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog posts! Your photography is absolutely awesome; and I marvel at some of the “shots” you share with us! I would say don’t change a thing other than including the new weekly feature.
I like not knowing what’s coming next! I think it keeps things more interesting. I love your variety of topics and of course your gorgeous photographs. The only thing I can think of that would interest me that you don’t write a lot about, is what life living on the road is like for both you and Al, and the dogs as well. I love seeing where your camper is parked, and would love to see more of the other things you do, and what some of your challenges are. Does that make sense? Just more of what every day life is like living the way you do (because you’re living my dream!).
I’ve actually had the blog post rolling around in my head for a while. I guess it’s time to get it out of my head, and onto the blog. Thanks!
I like that your blog is an online diary first. That’s how it started for me and I wish I was better about continuing my blogging. Unfortunately there are some huge gaps between dogs I’ve raised. I’m hoping to get back on the wagon with my upcoming service dog puppy. Also, I love the idea of going into the behind the scenes making of your photos. I’ve taken a basic black and white photography and editing course, but I’m by no means an expert and would love to get tips on how to improve my photography. Pet photography, specifically would interest me. All the best to you in 2018!
I’ve loved three things the most. 1) your fabulous photos of places that I’ve never been, 2) you amazing photos of wildlife, 3) reading about what it’s like to live a nomadic life like yours.
I already love the “From clicking to creating” initiative. You’ve learned a lot over the past few years, and I love learning from you!
I really love what you said about your blog being ultimately for you. I feel that way, too. I love to inspire others and always enjoy positive feedback, but I also blog for myself.
I am going to check out your new series Clicking To Creating – what a great idea! Your photography is amazing and your photos are each stories in themselves and almost don’t need explanation or many words. I look forward to following your travels and adventures in 2018.
Your favorite post was also one of mine. I liked the way we got to see something of your life behind the photographs you take.
Like Jan K, I am also interested in your life on the road. But I don’t think it always needs a whole blog post. Sometimes it’s just nice to hear where you are and why you land in the places you do.
Oh I totes get the wanting to quit bit. But while I don’t get here as frequently as I like (I hope to change that this year), what I love are the photos of the animals and of the ‘lost’ west that you find. Like the old homestead with just one wall standing, or the abandoned town, etc. And of course the night sky, the sunrise/sunsets/plants. Well there, I guess I like all the photos!
You have such a great eye for beauty, I wish I had just one fourth of that.
I think you and I are probably at the same point with our blogs, I’m thinking mine will be more of a journal of our life together, and I think that’s okay. I say photograph what you want and what makes you happy. People know when content is genuine.
I don’t know if you should take somebody else’s word for what you should be writing about. Write from your heart, whatever that might end up being.
Ahhh your photos are gorgeous, I love them! :D
You take such stunning photos! I LOVE that you have started a new series teaching us how you create them step by step! Can’t wait to follow!