Today, I'm joining in the Pet Blogger's Challenge, hosted by Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me.
1. When did you begin your blog?
This blog began at the end of August, last summer. It was my first foray into the blogging world, a place I'd previously known little-to-nothing about.
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
From the start, I had a combination of reasons for the blog; a way to work on my writing skills, but combined with my love of animals to share information about them.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
If not, what’s different?
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
It has grown to become what is for me an important vehicle to strengthen the knowledge of, and help for, pets. Past experience in animal rescue, concerns over homeless pets, and the desire to do what I can to promote adoption and good care of all pets has led me into the Blog for Change movement (a natural for me!). The purpose is now more defined, more focused on what people can do to make lives better for their pets and homeless pets alike.
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)?
I have a schedule of daily posts, I've set a mandate to myself to post at least once a day; I allow myself room for the time it's published. I try to prepare them ahead of time, and also write up additional posts when I come across, or think of, something I'd like to write about. Still, most of the days I'm sitting down to do that day's post.
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?
Not currently generating any income; affiliated with Google, but that doesn't bring anything in. I would actually consider something in the future; a blog can be a means for so many different businesses and organizations to spread their visibility, and the income sure would be great for the pets here - or even as a terrific opportunity for funds needed by rescue groups. The way I look at it, the more things you can accomplish with a single swipe, the better!
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
Right off the bat, the blogging community comes out on top. The people involved in the pet blogging community have got to be the most wonderful out there! The warm, friendly, uplifting and supportive environment of this world is fantastic and not to be underestimated. I like the opportunity to write about something I love, to explore and get creative at times, and have a blast when CindyLu is talking (what a great excuse to get sassy! BOL).
7. What do you like least?
Sigh...editing. It takes me forever, I'm constantly finding yet another mistake I made, or an omission, or whatever. Don't mind doing it, it's just time-consuming. Oh, and the feeling that I've missed some really great blogs to read!
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?
My New Year's resolution (and from someone who normally doesn't do them!) was to begin practicing the 365 idea, pointing to one organization or person who is doing wonderful things for animals - each day. That's just a part of of utilizing the blog to spread the word about important news for pets, the need for more action involving homeless pets, and of course idolization of our wonderful furry buddies.