Ack! A Challenge?
I’m freaking out already! Am I up for it? Will I be good enough?
Who knows but I’m up for it and I’m ready so HERE GOES!!
First of all, for those who are newbies to Pibbles & Me, please check out my About P&M page. If you don’t feel like doing that, you know, clicking that linky there, I’ll give you a brief intro before I go into the multiple questions I’m suppose to answer for the Challenge!
Meet Titan (aka Pibbles)
and ME (well this is ONE of my looks)
And WE are Pibbles & Me!
………………………and onto my first, but their 3rd Annual Pet Blogger Challenge!
1. When did you begin your blog?
I began my blog (a different one than this) back in August 2010 when I rescued Titan from the shelter. Being my first “bully” breed and him being twice previously homed and named, I thought it might be interested to write about my challenge and Titan’s rehabilitation. Several blog tries later and three blog platform changes, and here we are!
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
I originally wanted to write about our story. Like I stated previously, this was my first “bully”. Titan was quite dysfunctional. At 1 1/2 years old he already had two names and two homes. What could be wrong with this boy? The challenge presented itself not only from Titan’s standpoint, but from my own as well. I never trained a dysfunctional dog. I never had one that was so misjudged and feared either. I wanted to be a Responsible Pit Bull owner, share our story, and be a Voice for all Pit Bulls.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
Oh absolutely!! I love sharing our story! I also love changing the perception of Pit Bulls in people’s eyes. I feel if I can change just one person’s perception of pit bulls, that I’m doing something good.
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals? I believe I have done a fairly good job considering the time I have to invest in blogging. Could I do better? Absolutely! That’s one of the reasons I wanted to try the Challenge! To meet on pet bloggers, especially pit bull, and see how I can better myself and spread more awareness.
4. How often do you post?
I post several times a week, usually. I try not to pressure myself too much (learned that the hard way) to post daily. I post when something exciting has happened or I simply feel like rambling about my lil boy.
5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”
As the spirit moves me. I tried doing a schedule, even tried themes, I found it hard to keep up with my full-time job, wife duties, and keeping up with a very need pibbles. I think my current audience is happy with my non-schedule as the majority of them also follow me on Facebook or Twitter and can always get their Titan fix when needed.
As for “post-worthy”, I believe any post is worthy. Why? Because WE, as individuals, are Authors of our blogs. WE make the rules. If WE have something we want to share, why wouldn’t it be “post-worthy”. However, I have noticed that sometimes a post I think is good, won’t get many comments. But I don’t let that get me down. I keep track of my page views and am pretty happy. You can win with every post, imo.
6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all.
Geeze, I honestly don’t know how much time I spend writing between my two blogs. Never timed it. I write and maintain them when I have the opportunity. I have many blogs that I subscribed to in my reader and probably spend too much time reading others and not posting enough on my own but I’m a firm believer in sharing bloggy love. If it’s a good post, I’ll be sharing across my networks.
7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)? Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?
Ahhh, nice, I think I touched on this one briefly in #5. Comments are awesome, who doesn’t love them, however, not everyone is willing to share their opinion online (where it’s permanent you know). So I rely on my page views and checking out where my traffic is coming from (Facebook, Twitter, G+, other blogs, search engines). I used to get disappointed by watching my Comments. I’d beat myself up about it, however, those views and people clicking links for other networks to visit Pibbles & Me, are awesome! Plus, I get those who will reply to a post a shared on FB, Twitter, or G+. Comments can come from anywhere, just not on my lil bloggy here.
8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I would love for more people to share the love! We have these “share buttons” below our posts, sometimes besides the post, where you can spread a bloggers post to other networks? Yes, I’m all over spreading the love. Will you be willing to share mine?
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?
Ugh! Goals are almost like Resolutions! EEK! In this ever-changing world, do we still set goals? Yes, most of us still do. I haven’t made any set goals for 2013. I’ve been tossing around a few ideas of giveaways. I’ve started doing some reviews. But I’m really not sure other than to continue to spread our story to the world-wide web and to fabulous readers like yourself. I know your blog is only as good as the effort you put into it. My goal will be to put my best effort out there, continue to share Titan’s story, and continue to spread pit bull awareness and education.
Ok, now that I feel like I just took a test, what do you think? Love to hear from you!
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