Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pet Blogger Challenge

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

So - here are my rapidly written answers to the pet blogger challenge.  I didn't know what this was until today, which is why the answers are rapidly written. 

First Timers

If this is your first time participating in the Challenge we are looking forward to getting to know more about you and how you got started. Here are your questions:

1. When did you begin your blog?  I started this blog in the summer of 2011.  I was away from home for two weeks for work and got bored, so I started the blog. 

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?  We had recently adopted Thumper.  Everyday was an adventure with him, and I thought a blog would be a good way to record them and, if anybody read it, make people laugh.  Most of our adventures are MISadventures.

3. Is your current purpose the same?  It is changing, because Thumper grew up.  The funny material isn't nearly as abundant as it was two years ago. 
If not, what’s different?  I post less often. and the stories aren't nearly as funny.
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?  n/a

4. How often do you post?  I used to post a few times a week.  Now - it's down to maybe once a week....if Blogger cooperates.  :(

5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?  Definitely as the spirit moves me.
If you publish on a schedule, why? How strict are you about your publishing deadlines? What do you do for inspiration when it feels like you’ve covered every topic?
If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”  Everything else in my life is done on a schedule.  My blog is a rebellion against the rigidity of modern day  I'm sure this affects traffic to the blog.  Generally, I consider a post is post-worthy if it makes me laugh, involves a dog, or allows me to vent. 

6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week?   Depends on how naughty Thumper and Lightning are. 
How much time visiting other blogs? Too much. 
Share your  tips for staying on top of it all.  I have none - I'm not on top of it all. 

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?  Getting comments is a measure of success.  Also the people who visit frequently.  I really enjoy the comments.
Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?  Nope.

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?  My question - how do you get more followers? 

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?  Return to regular posting.  Find something new to talk. 


  1. Hi! This is my first Pet Blogger Challenge too! I am finding the more you post, the more you comment on other blogs, the more followers you will get! Good luck!

  2. I like your answers Sherri. They are crisp. I knew about the Challenge and still managed not to do anything until I saw posts start to go up on the linky link.

    When you find out about the followers, please let me know. It took me 3 years to get to triple digit. Hahaha. I think it might involve being part of hops and exchanges, hosting giveaways, sharing on social media and otherwise getting out there! Hard yakka, in other words. Are you ready for that? ;)

  3. Sherri....
    That is why I keep writing for Beautifully Unique!! To record memories of Rose!! Yeah!! ;)
    I agree with you about how comments are a measure of Blog success. Wholeheartedly!! ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

  4. Sherri - your answers are short, truthful and frankly, I laughed out loud at blog description about not going to Petsmart anymore and sending your husband. HA. Will look forward to more of your posts - that photo is lovely....what could he be thinking or watching?

  5. Thank you so much for joining in the Challenge! My advice for attracting more readers is first to be patient ... it takes a bit of time. You can try to reach your potential audience on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and speed things along. The more people that hear about your blog, the more likely you’ll find the ones that stick! Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  6. Nice to meet you on the Pet Blogger Challenge. I find that blogging sometimes comes to me in waves - I have a 'spree' of a lot of exciting content I want to post, and a lot of things I want to be involved in. Then I have times where I really just can't get motivated, and my blog may slump for a month or two. This isn't a big deal, to me. It's my blog and I can implement my own rules. :)