It’s here…Today is the 2013 Pet Blogger Challenge sponsored by Take Paws, the official pet travel blog of GoPetFriendly.com .
Terrier Torrent actually began back in January 2011, and one of the very first posts was our entry for that year’s challenge. Gizmo & I started off well, but life intervened and the blog took a back seat for a while. This past year we’ve remembered how much fun it was and how many great friends we have out in Blogville, so we’ve made Terrier Torrent a priority.
I’ve considered both sets of questions and though we’ve answered the First Timer questions before, after looking over the Repeat Offender category I just don’t think we’re “there” yet, so we’re going coming in today as a First Timer and updating those original answers relative to where our blog is today. My original answers are in green, and the updated ones are in brown.
1. When did you begin your blog?
Today – 1/11/2011!
I was very surprised when I realized that I had taken exactly a one year break…On 10/30/2011 I published a recipe for Gizmo’s favorite tuna biscuits. I didn’t publish another post until 10/30/2012 when I returned with a post about the Blogpaws Blogger Disaster Response Network.
I hadn’t planned on such an extended break, nor had I thought about it being exactly a year…it just happened that way, and I’m good with that.
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog
I really enjoy expressing my point of view on Twitter @GizmoGeodog, but feel that I need a place to stretch out & discuss the deeper issues…
“Deeper issues” – pretentious much? I’m still active on Twitter and still enjoy having the space to stretch out. Here on the blog I can write and post photos about so many things that just don’t fit into 140 characters.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
If not, what’s different?
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
Yes….too soon to change…
I’ve been paying attention to which posts I enjoy writing the most, and which ones my readers respond to the best. Our posts about hiking and geocaching in Florida are the winners. I love writing about the adventures Gizmo & I have. Since he’s a small guy Gizmo surprises readers who don’t expect him to be as outdoorsy as he is. Taking this lead, the blog will be focusing even more on great places to go with your dog, especially those that include the opportunity for outdoor activities. I also have a series of interviews set to go with geocachers around the world who cache with their dogs. Another thing that’s changing is that I feel like I’m finding “my voice”. I’m worrying less about perfection in grammer and form and loosening up my style…it feels a lot more natural and makes writing more fun.
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
The girl has had other blogs & knows that she is going to have to report in regularly…I have asked her to post my thoughts at least twice per week…
I wasn’t sure how often I wanted to post, but then I found the 30 Day Imperfection Challenge and signed on…I posted every day for the 31 days of December. It was a great experience, and you can find my thoughts about it here. Now that it’s over, I plan to continue posting as often as I can, but allow myself the leeway to skip days guilt-free.
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?
Not yet, but who knows…I would be happy to contribute something to the cost of my puppy crunchies
Still have not made any money, but eventually I would like to generate income. I’d like to be seen a go-to resource for canine activities in Florida and canine geocachers world-wide. If I can establish that, I should be able to interest sponsors, advertising and spokesperson opportunities.
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
- Being able to write about whatever is on my mind…Yep!
- Not worrying about being edited…Yep!
My answers this year are the same…Yes to all three of those questions. I write about what interests me and love it when my readers respond positively. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that something I’ve said has struck a cord with a reader on the other side of the country, or the world!
7. What do you like least?
- Dealing with the technical stuff…Yep!
Sadly, this answer is also still the same, but I’ve been working at it and with the help of friends I’m getting better.
8. How do you see your blog changing or growing in 2011?
I don’t really know…yet…but I plan to have fun expressing my point of view on whatever catches my fancy…so the key thing is gonna be fun…and as a geoterrier, that is always my goal
And now, how do you see your blog changing or growing in 2013?
I’ve spent a lot of time on this one over the last few weeks. As I mentioned, I want to see this blog become a go-to resource for Dog-Friendly Florida. This is a big task, so one thing in the works is a partnership with a fellow Florida blogger. Plans are proceeding and I’m totally jazzed about where this is taking us. Stay tuned for exciting changes!
Here’s today’s 30/30 Challenge Ticker:
Big thanks to Take Paws and GoPetFriendly.com for sponsoring this annual event. I plan to visit everyone…it should be a great learning experience. The linky list is live now so head over and see who’s participating.