2014 was the first time I participated in a pet blogger challenge. I skipped 2015, mainly because I believed not much changed from the previous year.
2016 I jumped back on the “challenge caravan” and as a “seasoned” blogger, I had a little more to say.
It was not my intention to skip 2018 but renovations, a new job and our environmental allergy war occupied my time and my mind! #devastatinglosses
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE? –
Thanks to Go Pet Friendly, the pet blogging world has “virtually” joined together for the last eight years to reflect on the previous year’s accomplishments and victories. We learn more about the brains behind the bloggers we’ve enjoyed and discover a few we never knew. We commiserate through our struggles, offer and accept ideas/advice as we start a new year.
So, grab your favorite beverage(hot, cold or alcohol based) and read my answers to the list of prepared questions. I’d love your input/advice/suggestions. After – all – I write for you 🙂
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS FOR THE 2019 PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE –
FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE VISITING MY BLOG FOR THE FIRST TIME, HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN BLOGGING AND WHAT IS MY MAIN TOPIC?
Groovy Goldendoodles was born in the spring of 2012. I finally figured out what I was doing about two years later!! #learningcurve
Information about this growing phenomenon of intentionally cross-bred hybrid pooches was of interest to many people. Sharing the joy they bring to me and everyone they meet is super easy and fun.
By 2015, a shift towards health, training, and grooming became popular brought on by correspondence from our readers. Sharing their food regimen, recipes, grooming techniques, training tricks and secrets became regular topics in our post rotation.
Our relocation to Charleston SC allowed two additional topics for my niche website due to her “over the top” pet friendly city philosophy and the Boys employment as hospital therapy dogs.
WHAT WAS MY PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENT OF 2018?
Sharing WORKING WITH MY DOGS with everyone. I was (still am) on such a “high” about my new position. Everyday is truly like a holiday for me. It is an honor to to be a part of a program so well supported by hospital administration and staff. I see it as a blessing to witness those magical moments they create with the patients and their family members. I was over the moon excited to share that post with you!
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST BLOGGING CHALLENGE I FACED IN 2018 AND HOW DID/WILL I TACKLE IT?
The mere fact that I was able to blog!!!! Prior to 2018, I was relentless about posting at least three times a week, no less than two. Rarely did I miss multiple posting dates. In 2018, the massive renovations were in full swing and unlike 2017 – 108 posts, 2018 came in at – 70. #itwashard
I’ve created a writing schedule for 2019 to keep me on task. One can only pray and try.
WHICH OF YOUR 2018 BLOG POSTS WAS MY FAVORITE AND WHY?
THE OTHER SIDE OF PET THERAPY #pawsdown my favorite because I wrote about a personal experience intimately connected my scope of work. A true story about an accident that showed me pet therapy power from a patients point of view – without a tragic ending I might add…
WHICH OF MY 2018 POSTS WERE MOST POPULAR WITH MY AUDIENCE? WHY DO I THINK IT DID SO WELL?
Looking at my analytics, there seems to be several categories.
LET’S GO FIDO BAG – I am so selective with product reviews. I try not to “push” products all the time. When I write about a product – I’ve honestly used it, truly love it and really want to share it with you…
STRAIGHT COAT GOLDENDOODLES – there is much to learn and share about this cross bred hybrid ball of love. This post continues to generate comments and emails…
PET THERAPY – therapeutic techniques using canine assistance with rehabilitation is new and fascinating. Sharing the Boys experiences allows everyone into their working world…
JUST THE THREE OF US – comical whimsical adventures about my life with the Boys. This is how we started, and for many, the chronicles of Harley and Jaxson never get old…
DID I IMPLEMENT A NEW SERIES, FEATURE OF PRACTICE ON THE BLOG IN 2018 THAT I AM ENJOYING?
Yeppers! Pet Therapy.
AS THE SOCIAL MEDIA LANDSCAPE CHANGES, HOW AM I PROMOTING MY BLOG POSTS AND CONNECTING WITH NEW READERS?
Accepting more magazine assignments (online and print) seems to have introduced new readers to our blog. While I still believe social media is the devil LOL – I’d love to increase their Instagram account #hinthint
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019, IF I ACCOMPLISH ONLY ONE THING THROUGH MY BLOG, WHAT DO I HOPE IT IS?
To have an online presence where people associate me with “everything Goldendoodle.” #agirlcoulddream
WHAT STEPS AM I PLANNING TO TAKE TO ENSURE I REACH MY GOAL?
Strengthen my writing skills, increase our video library, and tackle my disdain of the devil (social media!).
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ ABOUT MORE?
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