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!
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.