Ruff Talking in 2015

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10 Our tails are wagging at full speed for our 1st ever Pet Blogger Challenge. Thank you to gopetfriendly.com for this inspirational way to start 2015!

 

cropped-laptop1054a1.jpg 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.

Ruff Talk has been up and running for only about 2 years.  Originally started on blogger, we moved to WordPress in June of 2013. My desire to blog comes straight from wanting to share about my life with the Ruff Girls, Maxie and Mia.

2.  Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.

Learning the ins and outs of WordPress was really our biggest accomplishment.  After that, building our design and posting content became our main focus.

3.  What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through you own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?

I tend to get lost in design details and forget that I need to continue to add content so my blog stays fresh and interesting.

4.  What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

Twitter has been our most successful road for bringing attention to Ruff Talk. Social Media is something I think all bloggers strive to conquer.  I think it’s easy to reach your target audience on Twitter.

5.  What was your most popular blog post this year?  Did it surprise you that it is was your most popular?

Happy Paw-lidays, a post with tips on protecting our pets brought over our most views.  It is a post that I think is “evergreen” – even though it was timely with tips for protecting our pets through the holidays, it really applies all year long.

6.  What was your favorite blog post to write this year?

Definitely A Job Well Done was my favorite. It is a heartwarming look about how our dogs come into our lives with a purpose.

7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveways changed this year?
If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all? If you don’t do reviews, is this something you’d like to do more of?
What hurdle is getting in your way?

I think product reviews can be really beneficial to a blog.  We have not had the chance to be a part of any reviews, but would like to find brands that we could do a review for.  I think the biggest hurdle at this point is that we do not have a high volume of traffic (yet!) on our site. Eventually we know that will change and then I can comfortably approach brands about reviews on Ruff Talk.

8.  What’s  your best piece of advice for other bloggers?

Blog because you love it. Blog because you know you have something of value to say.  Believe in yourself.

9.  What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?

I want to finalize my website/blog design and be happy with the result.  To date, I am still working on what I think looks best and leave it that way!  Staying organized with an editorial calendar so that I make sure I post on a regular basis is a main goal as well.

10.  If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

How can I increase views to my website/blog?  I think once that is happening on a consistent basis, than some of the other goals I have for it will be more attainable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. Thanks so much for joining the Challenge! It looks like you’ve done a fantastic job learning WordPress and working on your design. I think our blog designs are one of those things that it’s always fun to tweak – we have to have something to play with, right?

    And, my advice for building traffic is to (1) keep writing great content and(2) talk to your audience like you’re having a conversation – no matter where you’re connecting with them. That means splitting your time between the blog where you’re answering comments, and on your social media accounts. People want to feel connected, and making those connections is *really* the best part of blogging! Good luck to you – I’m sure 2015 will be a great year.

    • Theresa says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and the advice on building traffic. I agree, reaching out to the community you want to connect with is very important.

  2. Colby says:

    It seems like tinkering with blog design is a never ending journey. I was fairly satisfied with mine this past year and then my blog was hacked and I lost all my customizations 🙁 The good news is I learned a bunch of new techy skills and the changes were already archived at Archive.org.

    Search engines are the largest traffic source on my blog. Thinking of common problems in your niche and then solving those problems in a descriptive blog post have always been the biggest traffic drivers on my blog.

    Good luck in 2015!

    • Theresa says:

      I agree that blog design is never ending – it seems there’s always something I want to re-do, move around, etc…Thank Goodness your changes were archived! Did you just panic? I would!
      That’s a really good thought on search engines driving traffic to your blog. I think I need to examine how I title my posts & pages to see how I can optimize SEO. Thanks for walking on over to Ruff Talk, I really appreciate it.

  3. Rama's Mama says:

    Hello there! So nice to meet you! We are new followers, following across all of your social media accounts. 🙂 So nice to meet a new friend. It looks like you are off to a great start. Blog hops are a definite way to make new contacts and increase your traffic. If you haven’t already, join Blogpaws and triberr. 🙂 I look forward to reading your blog in 2015.

    • Theresa says:

      Hello to you! I have just started Blog Hops and I agree, they are a great way to make new contacts; and they have increased my traffic to my site. I have joined Blogpaws and it is a GREAT way to learn all things blogging. I’m not familiar with triberr: I’ll check it out. There is nothing more exciting than to see your blog grow and have other bloggers like you take the time to check us out and leave a kind comment. Thank You!

  4. I got my start doing reviews by writing some about cool products we already used. It gives you practice and shows brands what they can expect when working with you. What about those cool jackets your pups are wearing in the header image? Those look cozy.

    • Theresa says:

      Jessica – thank you for the suggestion. I actually hadn’t thought about that – I was thinking I would have to wait to be asked to do a review whereas in reality I probably have some products here I am currently using that would make great blog/review material! (A food puzzle and treat balls come to mind!) Thanks for stopping by Ruff Talk – it’s great to have an experienced blogger offer words of encouragement to someone starting out.

  5. Daisy Pets says:

    Great post! If you don’t mind me asking, why did you change over from Blogger to WordPress? We are currently on blogger, and are looking at purchasing a domain name soon to make our blog more professional. What are your opinions on WordPress?

    • Theresa says:

      Thank you for visiting our blog – I really appreciate it. I switched to WordPress (and I mean wordpress.org, not wordpress.com) because I think it has features that will continue to move my blog forward. That being said, I have seen some really beautiful websites/blogs on blogger. My recommendation would be to determine your short and long term goals for your blog and then after purchasing your domain name choose the best software and hosting provider to help you reach your goals.

  6. Pamela says:

    The only blogs that have lots of traffic after only 6 months are the ones promising people lots of ways to make money. So don’t be in a hurry. Some things just take a little time.

    That said, joining blog hops like this one helps you make friends. And you already know how important social media is. Commenting on other blogs helps too.

    I always visit the blogs of people who visit Something Wagging because it’s part of being a good host. And sometimes you’ll just click with someone and who knows where it will go.

    Great job for doing so much in such a short time. And good luck in 2015.

    • Theresa says:

      Thank you for your comments – It’s a nice reminder that quality over quantity is still ok when it comes to building a blog. Good luck to you in 2015 and be safe on those sailing adventures!

  7. Mary says:

    Perfect answers, blog what you like. And your design is very cute. The age old question though, i don’t think there is a solid answer. Just keep doing what you’re doing.

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