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CHALLENGE QUESTIONS #1: FOR BLOGGERS WHO HAVEN’T PARTICIPATED BEFORE
1. When did you begin your blog?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
To showcase the dogs needing homes here at Silverwalk Hounds as well as share the stories of those who volunteer, donate and adopt from Silverwalk
3. Is your current purpose the same? If not, what’s different? If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
My current purpose is the same; however, I noticed I used to have a paragraph at the bottom of each post explaining what Silverwalk was - I want to edit and add that back in.
I've noticed a difference, though - I found the dog blogging community with whom I share and from whom I benefit in a myriad of ways: improving my posts to cheering one another on to following
gauntlets challenges laid down by other bloggers; and I had no clue about Blog Hops!
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)?
My tentative schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday; this was before the blog hops of Saturday and Monday; my posting is also affected by my work/sleep schedule - if a post seems weird, you can bet it was written with little sleep! I do "worry" about traffic - in order to help their forever homes find my dogs (gotta think positive!), the more traffic, the better; I have an online newspaper blog which is local only - I need to schedule posts for it way more regularly as I do get community feedback.
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?
Asking for help here - as I was preparing
these remarks, this entry, I received an inquiry about placing an ad on this very blog! It is from a company from whom I just bought a very good collar w/a PetHub.com embedded tag (for Shiloh, the free roam Beagle). I have NO CLUE what to charge! Anyone?
I am pretty clueless (note above statement) when it comes to generating income from my blog. The blog with the most attractive ads has to be Ashley's Lucky Dog Blog. I do have a Dogwise link on my page which I need to highlight - no one uses it but me and Silverwalk would get a percentage of sales. I don't want ads cluttering up the stories and the dogs - they are my focus but the income would help with their goodies, dog beds, etc.
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I really enjoy writing and talking about my dogs so I am with Elka's mom - this is an wonderful outlet to share what is bursting in my heart but my co-workers are tired of hearing (plus they think I have no life! - HA).
I like being able to share the highs and lows here at the sanctuary with a community who understands rescue and/or dogs. I do a good job of featuring different dogs though when a dog is new, they are featured more often than not. I love hearing how others are fostering, saving dogs, too.
My photography has improved a lot from watching and reading other's blogs and photos and from meeting and working with several local pro photogs who donate time to rescues.
7. What do you like least?
Thinking of what to write, not seeing any adoption increases. I like Kristine's phrase about "blog fodder." I need to get off the computer and generate blog fodder so I have plenty to write both here and in the newspaper.
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?
Post regularly at least three times a week.
I just changed the format to 3 column so some of the badges are more prominent - like the badge for this challenge!. I am debating about moving to Wordpress but don't want to lose followers. Certainly, I would like more followers and to generate some very modest income for the dogs.
I need to put more energy into my Petfinder, Adopt A Pet and Silverwalk Beagle & Hound sites so my dogs find their homes.
Finding more homes for my dogs, growing my foster homes to more than one and maintaining a healthy pack while sharing and learning from this internet group of people and their animals is, I would say, my ultimate goal for 2012.