Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pet Blog Challenge Jan. 10, er, 11


Just a day behind....

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. 


10 comments:

  1. Great Q & A! Nice to learn new things about your blog. And ya know what? Gloria is the poop eater around here! LOL!

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  2. Great post! I have no advice on making money by blogging, but glad to hear that you have been contacted by a company. I know what you mean about getting things off your chest with blogging so that your co-workers are not bombarded. I sometimes feel like I could open my mouth & just say "dog" all day long & no one would notice a difference in me :)

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  3. Stopping by from the hop... nice to discover your blog! :)

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  4. Fun to learn about your blog! I think all you do to help and rescue dogs is wonderful!

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  5. My photographs have greatly improved since I started blogging too :)

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  6. It's so nice to meet you on the PBC. Blog hops are a great way to meet new people and see what other people do with their blogs. I think it's great that you use your blog to help dogs find their forever homes. I wish you luck with your blog, and I hope you find lots of homes for your pups!

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  7. I've been enjoying meeting you and hearing about the hounds at Silverwalk. I'm glad you're getting out and about.

    It's hard to balance the needs of your dogs and the needs of the blog.

    One thing you might want to try: BlogPaws hosts a Wordless Wednesday blog hop. It's a good time to feature a dog looking for a home. Although it's supposed to be "wordless," I've put a description of the dog in the caption and linked to the site where they're featured.

    Good luck in finding home for lots of pups in 2012.

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  8. See what I mean about meeting super people online who also love animals?
    Pamela, I certainly will check out BlogPaws Wednesday Wordless Blog Hop for animals needing homes. Thank you!

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  9. Thanks so much for participating in the Challenge! I'm so impressed with the work you're doing to find homes for these dogs. I'm glad this post was useful and I wish you lots of success in 2012.

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  10. That's great that you are finding homes for the dogs at Silverwalk Hounds. We'd like to get back to fostering and volunteering for our local rescues.

    You probably already figured out what to charge for your advertisement, but I think it would depend on the size of the ad, it's location on the blog, and the number of page views you receive. Hopefully you have it all worked out by now.

    All the best to you and finding homes for the dogs at Silverwalk Hounds in 2012!

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