I’m taking the Pet blogger challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10 

Last year, 82 bloggers joined the Pet Blogger Challenge. This year it’s back again!

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

1. How long have you been blogging? About 9 years. Wow, that seems like a long time.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
I feel most proud when I’m able to highlight a good cause or someone else’s helpful blog post.
3. What lessons have you learned this
year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could
help us all with our own blogs?

I got real busy with work, health and life and had to stop posting for a while. It sometimes is unavoidable. But keep posting as consistent as possible. When I dropped off due to life getting in the way, I felt like it was difficult to build up the engagement again.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Connecting with others. Networking. It’s the best way, although very time consuming. There are so many great blogs I’d love to have the time to read regularly. Sometimes I’m reading but don’t have time to leave a comment. I love to know that people out there are reading, and comments is one way to show that, and I’d love to do that for others more often. Sharing on FB and twitter etc is a great way to network.

5. What was your most popular posts?
My giveaways are popular, and Wordless Wednesday is popular. Otherwise, two of my most popular posts were Why I want to Foster Senior Dogs
and The Pros and Cons of Dog Play.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
A little photo contest, Guess What Zeke Ate? was fun!
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
I’m more selective about what reviews I accept.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
One thing I’ve learned writing for Guideposts magazine is to write for my “one reader”–to figure out who is the target audience for my story and write for her. Figure out who is your blog’s target audience, and try to picture them when you write. What types of posts will they enjoy and find helpful?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
This year I relaunched my blog, changing the title from Peggy’s Pet Place to The Writer’s Dog. I feel really happy about the change and direction I started in 2014 and hope to continue figuring out what I’m doing this year!

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I’d love to hear what you’d like to see more of on The Writer’s Dog!