I stumbled upon the GoPetFriendly.com annual Pet Blogger Challenge for 2018 just in time! After a brief blog hiatus (which I will explain soon), this seemed like the perfect way to get back into my blogging routine, reflect on last year, and make plans for the year ahead. Here it goes!
1. For those visiting my blog for the first time, how long have I been blogging and what is my main topic?
I have blogged since July 2009. My first blog was First Class Great Outdoors, and I started it to share my adventures as a newbie camper. As time went on, I wanted to write more about home projects, health and wellness topics, and of course stories about our dogs. A new blogging space with a new name felt like the right move, and A Two Dog Life launched in August 2014.
2. What was my proudest blogging moment of 2017?
I am proud that I finally acknowledged to myself how important blogging was in my life. I have struggled to write consistently, wasting time on other activities that don’t bring me nearly as much joy. I decided that no matter what, I wanted to maintain my own space where I can share my stories and connect with others.
3. Which of my blog posts was my favorite this year and why?
I don’t know why, but “The Fire,” about losing our camper to a fire, was my favorite blog post from last year. There was a lot going on behind the scenes in our life when we got the call that there was a fire at my mother-in-law’s house … right next to our camper. It was such a raw moment. And while it wasn’t the happiest of stories to share, it was really real.
4. In terms of my blog, how do I measure success?
Honestly, I haven’t had a measure of success for my blog to date. However, this is one thing I want to change in 2018. I want to take blogging much more seriously and start tracking visits to the blog. I’d love to grow my audience and traffic to my site!
5. In what ways has my blog changed during 2017?
I changed the look of my blog in 2017. My new design is more modern and focuses on imagery. I still have a little work to do in making it mine, but I got off to a good start last year.
6. What was the biggest blogging challenge I overcame in 2017, and what did I learn that could help other bloggers?
My biggest blogging challenge forever has been writing consistently. And in 2017, I gave myself a choice — I could either start writing again and take blogging seriously, or I really needed to shut it down and move on. It was maybe the best choice I could have given myself. I couldn’t imagine walking away from all my work and the possibilities. It really does make me happy to put a little piece of myself out into the universe. I knew I needed to make it a serious part of my life, if for nothing else than for a little happiness.
7. When things get hard, what keeps me blogging?
My blog has motivated me to do things I never thought I’d do — more camping, challenging hikes, getting out of my bubble. When things get hard, I think about the cool things I’ve done that I’ve shared here and it makes me want to do more.
8. Looking forward to 2018, what I am hoping to accomplish on my blog?
As I mentioned earlier, I would like to blog seriously in 2018 and grow my audience. I would like to delve into more lifestyle topics that I’m passionate about, particularly the choice not to have human children and to just be a dog mom. I hope to get more active in the pet blogger sphere as well as the healthy lifestyle realm.
9. In addition to what I’d like to accomplish, is there one specific skill I’d like to improve or master this year?
One skill I’d like to improve is photography. I have a nice camera … that I rarely use because I don’t feel like I know how. I don’t really know how to edit photos. I love taking pictures, and I think I’ve captured some good ones by sheer luck. I’d like to go beyond luck to real skill.
10. Now it’s my turn! I have the attention of the pet blogging community — is there a question I’d like answered, or an aspect of my blog that I’d like input on? Share it here, and you can answer me in the comments!
My questions always turn to topics and focus. I started blogging about camping, hiking, and national parks. But those activities never encompassed my regular life. Outside of work, my life revolves around our dogs, our home … and trying really hard to live healthy. All of these areas of my life weave together.
I guess what I’d like to know is do multiple topics make sense? Is there a topic people would be interested in reading more? Where do you think I could take this little venture of mine?