Can you believe another year has passed and it’s once again time for the annual Pet Blogger Challenge? Today I’m joining lots of my favorite bloggers, along with our wonderful hosts at Go Pet Friendly for this year’s challenge. Sit back, kick your shoes off, and enjoy the ride!
1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
I started The Lazy Pit Bull blog 3 years ago, in January of 2012. The blog has seen a few changes since its creation, but in short it’s all about promoting responsible dog ownership and living a fabulous life with your pets.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
In 2014, I was nominated for 2 Nose-to-Nose awards at the BlogPaws conference: Best Dog Blog and Best Cause Blog. Although I did not win in either category, it’s true what they say: it was an honor simply to be nominated, especially when there are so many amazing, incredible, outstanding pet blogs on the internet today.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
The one truth about blogging that never changes is that content truly is king and consistency is an absolute must. To be successful, a blogger must create content that her followers want to read, and she must do it on a regular basis. If you’re not doing those 2 things, everything else really is a waste of time.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Something surprising and unexpected happened on my blog in 2014: Pinterest became my top traffic driver. I have to be honest and say that I really don’t know why, because I truly don’t devote a lot of time to Pinterest, but somehow people are finding me that way. I think that creating fun, pinnable images for my blog posts has helped but beyond that, I’m stumped as to why Pinterest has become so important to my blog!
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
My most popular post of 2014 was a rebuttal to a highly opinionated article published in the Washington Post. The Post article had shelter advocates in a tizzy, and it motivated me to speak out in defense of millions of homeless animals waiting in shelters all over the world. Was I surprised that my post was so popular? Not really – I said what needed to be said, and I think people appreciated that.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
I did a post series of Holiday Gift Guides, and that was a lot of fun. I really love finding new and fun pet products, and then introducing them to my readers and friends.
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
Yes, I did make a change to my policies in 2014. Used to be, I’d happily do a product review or giveaway for just about any brand that asked me – as long as I was interested in the product and I thought my readers would be, too. However, I realized something important last year: many of these brands can afford to pay bloggers to write about their products, so why was I giving them free advertising? So nowadays, unless it’s a product or services that I’m really dying to try out, or a new up-and-coming business that I really want to promote, I charge a small fee for product reviews and giveaways. I’ve found that brands who respect my work and my time are happy to pay the fee. The ones who don’t want to pay the fee aren’t brands that I want to build a relationship with.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
There’s a saying I really like: “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Simply put, that means don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, period. I think it’s great to aspire to be like the bloggers you admire, but if they’ve been at it for a while and you’re just starting out, understand that it takes a while to get there. No one’s blog was fabulous on Day One. A lot of blogs still aren’t fabulous on Day 365. It takes time and hard work, and one of the best things you can do for yourself and your blog is connect with other like-minded bloggers for support, networking, and friendship. That’s why I created the Pet Blogger Support Group on Facebook, and it’s incredible how many amazing bloggers are a part of that awesome community!
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
The Lazy Pit Bull is shifting its focus slightly this year. We’re becoming a pet-centric lifestyle blog, which means we’re going to branch out a little and write about ways to create a fabulous life with your pets with topics like Dog-Friendly Home and Dog-Friendly Kitchen. I’m excited to see how it all shapes up!
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 know this isn’t the kind of challenge you had in mind when you asked that question, but I’d love to invite everyone to join me for 52 Snapshots of Life! It’s a weekly themed photo challenge, and even though we’re a couple of weeks into it already, it’s definitely not too late to jump in and join us!
Is this your first time visiting The Lazy Pit Bull blog? I’d love for you to leave a comment to introduce yourself and say hi! Thanks for stopping by today!