10 January 2011

Pet Blogger Challenge - About the blog

Follow the link to the challenge page.



1. When did you begin your blog?

I started this blog on November 2010.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

To be honest, I first wanted to see how this whole "earn money by placing ads on your blog" thing would work. And my first niche subject was... a blog about our doggie, Aschiuta.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

If not, what’s different?

Blogging about Aschiuta has really grown on me. I like writing about her and learning about other pet owners' experiences. Even the thought that a handful of people is reading it will keep me going.

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?

To be honest, I'm still trying to apply for Adsense, but till now I've had no luck.

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?

I tried to write a new chapter for my fictional story each weekend, but I've been a bit too busy with work. I do however mainly update during the weekend.

If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?

I sometimes write posts on a whim or for special occasions, such as Christmas. I don't think that would drive traffic away. Being spontaneous makes me write better and more interesting posts.

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?

Like I said before, I hope to have my Adsense account approved, but right now it's more like a stubborn ambition. I suppose I wouldn't even make enough money to buy Aschiuta food every week.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

I enjoy writing and Aschiuta gives me a lot of things to write about. She's also adorable, so I guess she advertises herself. I like to think I have a nice design, without overloading people's browsers. And maybe my readers also enjoy what I write, why not?

7. What do you like least?

I'm a bit upset that I don't have time to write more and also that I can't really take a lot of pictures of Aschiuta to include in the posts. Also, a lot of the stories are old and I really don't have any "footage" of those times.

One other thing I'm still not happy about is that it's taking me a while to build a network. A lot of my close friends come and read my posts now and then, but I don't have a huge crowd around...

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

I will definitely keep posting and following/commenting on other blogs out there. I hope to grow the network and who knows, maybe I'll have a lot more traffic too.

14 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you! Glad you joined the Challenge... these sorts of blog hops are a great way to meet other pet bloggers and create a network. Have you ever joined the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop? I'd recommend checking it out - it's hosted by lifewithdogs.tv, twolittlecavaliers.blogspot.com, and http://blog.nipandbones.com/ every week.

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  2. I enjoyed reading more about your blog. Best of luck to you in the future...glad we found you!

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  3. Hi and thanks for participating in the challenge. It was great to meet you - and I have to agree, Aschiuta is adorable.

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  4. Networking is your best way to build following. Utilize Pet Blogs United & visit as many blogs as you can from our list. The more comments you leave on other's blogs, the more people will find out what a great thing you have going on here!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  5. Never mind the traffic, you will get a lot more friends in stead :)

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  6. Saw your name on the Linky List for the Pet Blogger Challenge and wanted to stop by to say hi.

    Seems you're a new blogger! If you've only been blogging since 2010 and already enjoy a readership of at least 11 followers, you're doing great. I started blogging in January 2009 and it took me at least 6 months to get any sort of regular readership. Best of luck to you!

    Sam and MargeDog
    http://margebl0g.blogspot.com

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  7. I had a hard time getting approved by AdWords at first too. In fact, I got so tired of waiting through 3 month at "processing" status that I created a new Google account using a different email address and reapplied with the same blog. Bam. Approved. Maybe it will work for you.

    As for followers, just remember to appreciate those you have without losing site of them as you chase after more. Your readers are your blog's most valuable asset. They build a community and share great posts that draw others in. If you satisfy them, more will follow. And definitely keep networking through comments and joining community link lists like this. That's how I found you and I'm glad I did. :)

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  8. Don't you worry- it takes a bit to get rolling, but if you like sharing and truly enjoy blogging it'll all come together!

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  9. I just had to say it... Thanks everyone for visiting and for all the comments! It really means a lot to me to know that I'm not on my own little island.

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  10. Such a cute blog, and your pup is adorable! Glad to meet you.

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  11. It's great to meet you! Your design is beautiful! Keep writing!!

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  12. Both Lavi and Aschuita are new names to me. I kept looking for something on the site that would tell me more about them.

    Anyway, keep up the writing. it was fun coming by from the challenge.

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  13. Hi Lavi: Just stopped by to read your Pet Blogger Challenge. It's nice to get to know some of my comrades out there. I love your design, by the way--sounds like it fits you! Happy tails!

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  14. Hi lavi, How R U ? How's your dog aschuita, it's a nice name for a doggie, anyway thank a lot for beeing the first follower of my blog, see u lavi for the next posting..

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