Today’s post is part of a challenge issued by Amy at GoPetFriendly.com and Edie at WillMyDogHateMe.com. I’m so, so glad they thought this up because it was definitely time for me to step back and think about this blog, its purpose, and where it’s going.
So without further ado, away we go:
1. When did you begin your blog?
Technically, I started it at the end of May 2009. However, a couple weeks later, I switched platforms, and my few May posts were inadvertently deleted. So let’s call it June 1, 2009.
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
This question actually made me stop and think… What was my original purpose? And, honestly, I’m not sure I had one. For someone who likes to plan everything, I have to admit: I think I just thought it would be super fun to have a blog about Emmett and Lucas. I probably figured that since I loved writing about them, obviously people would love reading about them!
3. Is your current purpose the same?
Not really. Which is definitely a good thing.
If not, what’s different?
While I do write about Emmett, Lucas, and now Cooper frequently, I’d like to think I’ve expanded my scope. Instead of being about my dogs, I really hope that the blog is about all dogs. All the dog blogs I read combined with all the people who so kindly read this blog… well, I think it’s safe to say we’re all a little dog-obsessed. So I’ve tried to expand to cover topics that the dog-obsessed would appreciate and enjoy.
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
Goals, huh? Oops. I actually never set any, which is strange for me since I set goals for absolutely everything. Grabbing a pen and notebook and setting my blog goals for 2011. When this challenge comes around in 2012, I’ll be ready for this one!
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
I sort of aim for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, though there’s a lot of wiggle room there.
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)?
I do worry that I’m not posting often enough. Three days a week can sometimes be a stretch for my schedule, but I strive to hit that mark. And yet, there are weeks (like last week I think) that it just can’t happen. Then I do start to worry, not about losing traffic, but about being boring? disappointing? something?
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
No income, but I get products and things to test (and giveaway!).
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?
If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?
This is something I have sort of avoided because, before I had learned much about blogging and income, I always thought that it required selling out to “the man,” that it involved bogus posts filled with affiliate links or whatever. Now that I’m at least a little more knowledgeable, I’d be open to sponsorships or more active (i.e. speaking) types of things. But I’m pretty sure I’m not going to go down the affiliate linking path. I guess with my goal-setting, my goal for 2011 could be to generate enough through sponsorships to cover the hosting and URL renewal of this site? Hmm…
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I love that blogging has connected people from all over the world who share an obsession with our pets. How awesome that we have this supportive, clever, kind virtual community to connect with every day? That is my absolute favorite part about blogging. For my blog in particular, it’s sort of the same thing… I love that there are very kind, wonderful people who actually stop by to read what I write. Plus, all the people who read and comment seem to be some seriously dedicated pet lovers with lots of clever ideas and suggestions and a willingness to share with the rest of the community all those fab ideas. How great is that??
7. What do you like least?
Two things: Feeling the pressure to post daily to remain “relevant” and not knowing the technical side enough to make and implement changes to the blog in a reasonable amount of time. (It seriously took like 3 months for me to figure out how to get the banner up top. And by “figure out” what I mean is hire a genius designer to make the dang thing for me!)
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?
Well, now that you have me thinking… I think the first thing I’m going to do is sit down and set some goals. I think those goals will include everything from a realistic posting schedule, possible topics, and maybe even income-generating ideas at least to cover the cost of hosting this blog.
And now for a super-adorable pic of Cooper: