Welcome to the 2017 Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly! It is the 7th year for the challenge and will be our 5th year to participate. We joined in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. If you are not a blogger, this post may not mean all that much to you, but for bloggers it is a great way to pick up some tips, and maybe offer a fellow blogger some advice.
As always, there is a list of questions for me to answer. You will find the questions and my answers below.
1.When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?
My GBGV Life blog started in November 2011. At first it was just about the GBGV breed, but over time it has changed to be about our breed as well as health and fitness for dogs. I would say My GBGV Life is 70% about sharing our lives with our readers and 30% a resource.
2.What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?
2016 was really just an average blogging year really, but I guess what made us super happy was being one of just a few blogs asked to write additional posts for BRAVECTO®. Merck is a big company and if they liked our posts enough to ask us for more, that means something.
3.Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why?
I guess it is rather sad, but the two posts that stand out for the year were the hardest to write and mean the most to My GBGV Life. They would be Mom’s farewell to Katie, and my Farewell. It was wonderful looking back at Katie’s entire life, but it was oh so hard because it has been so sad for all of us losing her. She was a huge part of our lives for so long and to realize she is gone, is hard.
4.Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?
I think it would have to be joining a large boost group on Facebook. I focused on Twitter RT’s and the days I participated I did see a spike in traffic. There are only a handful of pet bloggers in the group, so my posts are shown to a whole different audience. It is a lot of work to RT all the posts, but it pays off for me.
5.Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Have you noticed any themes across your most popular posts?
The Lip Fold Dermatitis post was top in 2016. Usually my baking posts and any health related posts seem to get a lot of traffic.
6.What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog?
I have followed Will, Eko, and Penny since starting my blog. I’ve always loved his adventures and his dogs. This year was tough as he suddenly lost Eko, but we also felt like we could somewhat relate having lost Katie. He has amazing photography and his videos are fantastic. It’s been interesting watching his writing style since losing Eko. It feels like he has a whole new way of writing, but I like it! For me he is an inspiration.
7.What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?
Me, Emma, I am a total diva dog. With age, I have gotten more difficult on many levels. I don’t much care for other dogs, but I love people. Mom says the blog has gone to my head, I don’t think so. My sisters are fun loving, wild, and crazy, but I prefer to be alone or hang out with my mom. I’m fairly serious about whatever I do, and I really do enjoy modeling and working on the blog.
8.What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?
My GBGV Life switched to blogging Monday to Friday in 2016 which really freed up a lot of time. Finally, it has become clear that I don’t live from this blog, and I probably never will, so I am now focusing on having fun and not worrying about the numbers thing so much. Fun is what My GBGV Life is all about and I think it will help me stick with it all for a longer time if I’m not worrying about numbers and what everyone else is doing.
9.What would you like to accomplish on your blog in 2017?
I still need to work on SEO as it is just something I don’t get. Maybe I will hire someone to have a look and help me out. For now I use the Yoast plug in, but there is more to it than that. It just feels like I are missing something when it comes to the SEO puzzle.
10.Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
I guess I’d just like to know if you like the blog as is, or if you would like to see more or less of certain topics.