Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

5th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

Most popular Wordless Wednesday
Every year Go Pet Friendly, a premiere web site for pet travel, challenges pet bloggers to look back and forward. Kudos and hugs to Buster and Ty's mom for this annual challenge! GPF questions and my answers follow.

1. How long have you been blogging? Give a quick description of your blog.
• Since 2011. It's primarily my photos of animals that I pet sit.

2. What is one thing you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud?
• Baby's first giveaway! See #7, below.

3. What lessons have you learned last year—from other blogs or through your own experiences—that could help us all with our blogs?
• Blogging is hard work. Bloggers that rock are creative. They're good writers and photographers. They follow a schedule, do arduous research, and are accurate. They interact with their fans on social media. And their love for animals is bone deep—Milk Bone deep.

4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
• Blogpaws' Wordless Wednesday brings in traffic if I have a compelling photo like this one. It helps to Tweet about a blogpost more than once.

5. What was your most popular blog post last year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
• The 2014 Pet Blogger Challenge.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
• The most meaningful was about Lori Huston, who passed away.

My first giveaway!
7. Has your policy on product reviews or giveaways changed this year?
• Yes! At Blogpaws I won $50 from the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) to give to a reader to visit an AAHA vet. When I posted about the giveaway, I asked readers to comment. Because I wasn't comfortable with Rafflecopter, each reader's comment was their entry. I numbered the comments. Then I numbered pieces of paper. The first paper that my hamster, Winnie, chewed, was the winner. I thought that Rafflecopter was the only way to go, but this worked!

8. What's your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
• You have to love it. You have to work hard.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
• Right this minute I don't have any. My main focus is decluttering my apartment and moving across the country, and on pet sitting.

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 won a private visit at BlogPaws with SEO expert Matt Beswick. He explained how I could gather everything I needed to put online under one umbrella. "" will allow people to hire me, learn about me, link to my blog, and whatever comes up in the future. I'm a pet sitter, writer, editor, photographer, and have been taking classes in holistic animal healing. Pet bloggers, do you have suggestions for designers for a web site? Who should host? In the corporate word I've worked on web sites, but never done my own. Help!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

• In Winter, Help Neighbors with Pets

In a winter storm, older neighbors with pets may need help. Your small acts of kindness can make a real difference.

• Volunteer to walk a neighbor's dog.  To keep snow from sticking to the hair between toes, treat paws with Musher's Secret before a walk. Or, when you bring the dog inside, brush snow from between its toes.
• If snow is very deep and a neighbor has a smaller dog, clear an area in their yard where their dog can relieve itself.  Sprinkle sidewalks with pet-safe deicer.
• Ask neighbors if they have enough food for their pet. If your pet has toys it doesn't play with, offer them to neighbors to help pets with cabin fever. Clean toys first.
• Encourage elderly neighbors to stay inside until you or someone else can shovel a safe path to their car or the sidewalk. Always use a pet-safe deicer.
• In many neighborhoods kids go door-to-door, getting paid to shovel snow. With your neighbor's permission, supervise kids in creating a pet potty area or path.

What other ways can you help elderly neighbors with pets in a storm?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

• Wordless Wednesday: Giving Thanks

On Thanksgiving Eve, I'm grateful to have traveled with Winnie this year.
Here we're in Atlanta at BarkWorld.