When I did my New Year's post, a few people mentioned to me that I ought to take the Pet Blogger Challenge. I replied in the spirit, thinking "oh, of course!" Well, I almost didn't get there...But I'm here now!
CHALLENGE QUESTIONS #1: FOR BLOGGERS WHO HAVEN’T PARTICIPATED BEFORE
1. When did you begin your blog?
April 7, 2011
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
I was afraid that I was driving my friends and coworkers away with my incessant dog and dog training talk. I figure the Internet would be a fantastic outlet for such things. That, and what more fun is it than to share your obsessions with others? Ditto the Internet's usage for such things.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
More or less. I think I'm trying for an educational bent as well, especially the more I run into people at work and otherwise who I might steer away from Cesar Millan and pet store purchases.
If not, what’s different?
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
Well, friends (and family) seem to be able to stand me. And nobody sighs and rolls their eyes when I bring up Elka. At work, people point the dog questions to me, as I'm getting rather versed at this point. I'm not a canine professional, yet, but I do a good job of playing one on the Internet apparently.
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it?
If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?
A little bit of both, really. I do worry about losing traffic (such as I have) and momentum. I try to post daily, ish (and there are a lot of blog helps that can help, if the muse has fled). If inspiration strikes, I either post a second time that day, or date the entry so that it'll update automatically in the future.
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?
If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?
No income yet. I do have Google ads, and I do have a linked Amazon thinger going on. I wouldn't mind being a spokesperson for a product that I really dug, but haven't been approached in any way yet. I've technically gained stuff, anyway, if not cold hard cash: the Awkward Family Pet Photos book, an EZ dog harness, and a bag of dog food from Mr. Chewy's coupon. I've gotten other stuff, but it's things I won in a drawing, or got from filling out a free sample form, so I'm not counting those are merit of my blogliness.
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I like the sense of community that I feel when people comment. I like the compliments that Elka gets (for both appearance and behavior!) as I'm obviously rather fond of her and would like other people to like Elka too, and like the Doberman breed for what it is as opposed to what movies have made it.
7. What do you like least?
The fact that I'm not generating income, and don't actually have a whole lot of followers. These things will come, or they won't, I understand, but it's hard to be patient! Also, I ran out of tennis ball brands that were readily accessible, so my Tennis Ball Challenge is sort of dead in the water.
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?
Really, I dig the format that I've got. I'm thinking about perhaps doing videos this year, so we'll see how this goes. As long as they're of Elka and not of me, I'm sure it'll be smooth sailing!