Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pet Blogger Challenge!

1. When did you begin your blog?
May 2012

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
I originally started the blog to share and record the research I was doing into the history of the collie breed in general, and my own collies in particular.  It evolved from there.

3. Is your current purpose the same?  If not, what’s different?
No, now I share everything from dog health issues, dog recipes, pictures and stories of my life with my collies.

4. How often do you post?
It depends on the week, and what I have to say!  Some weeks I post daily, some weeks it just once a week!

5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
Definitely "as the spirit moves me!" 
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?”
I have enough schedules in my life!  This is something I am doing just for my love of dogs.  I think a topic is post-worthy when it is something that interests me, or if it's something I am passionate about...

6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week?
Completely depends on the topic!
How much time visiting other blogs?
I spend 10 - 12 hours a week reading my friends blogs.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?
I think the best way to measure the success of a post, is by how many comments you have and those comments are positive.
Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?
see above

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
What can I do to interest more people in following me?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?
I would to return to researching and writing more posts about the history of the collie breed.

Go Pet Friendly is hosting this event, so if you want to join the hop visit their blog! :)
This is a Blog Hop!


  1. We have seen this on lots of posts today, and it's great to hear about the Humom behind the blog. You only started a month before us, and look we are famous, we are on 2013 Calender..LOL You guy's are up in my kitchen,as we speak :) xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. It's crazy how you started your blog for one reason and it changes over the course of you writing it, this happened to me to! Have a fantastic day, looking forward to seeing the history of Collies :)
    Love Milo :)

  3. Hi, we're impressed. My peeps are still debating things/

  4. :-D I didn't know that that was the reason why you started blogging! How interesting! I love reading your posts about collies, especially since I'm not related to them at all and don't know anything about the breed! I also love your photos, you are a very talented photographer!

  5. I don't know about you, but I really loved this challenge. It's been so awesome to find out how people are motivated to post.

    As for your question about getting people to follow you, I have no idea, I struggle with that myself. I would say, just keep doing what you're doing, it is a sometimes very slow process. :-)

  6. Hi great to meet you! And what a group you are! I think your right on track in obtaining new readers! The site looks great and your writing style is fun. Can't wait to see more in 2013

  7. I love stopping by to see your beautiful Collies! Happy New Year to you all!

  8. Hmmm, we like reading your blog. As for more people reading it, we blog for ourselves, so we really can't answer that question.

    Essex & Sherman

  9. Hi! Nice to meet you on the blogger challenge. Your original purpose of your blogs sounds really interesting (I love to learn more about particular breeds), but I understand that it's important to diversify.

    As a side note, I have a friend with a smooth collie called Ryder!

    Best wishes for 2013.

  10. Welcome to the Pet Blogger Challenge - it's great to meet you! Your dogs are absolutely gorgeous. My advice for getting more people interested in following you is to try to reach your potential readers where they are ... on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+. It takes a while to build up your presence and the more people who see your stuff, the more chance you'll find the ones that stick. The best of luck in 2013 - I'm looking forward to following along.

  11. As for your question about getting people to follow you, I have no idea, I struggle with that myself. I would say, just keep doing what you're doing, it is a sometimes very slow process. :-) Portland Veterinary Clinic