Before I set up Tales of Teddy last year, I came across the entries for the Pet Blogger Challenge 2014. This was in the middle of my research phase and the responses were so helpful and informative, the community so welcoming, that I didn’t want to miss out on joining in this time round. You can find out more about it on the Go Pet Friendly Blog.
In an effort to reassess, raise my game and learn from others, here’s my Tales of Teddy entry for Pet Blogger Challenge 2015:
1. How long have you been blogging?
I started Tales of Teddy in May 2014. It’s about raising an urban dog – Teddy the Miniature Schnauzer – and all that makes a hairy, mucky, puppy (and me) healthy, happy and a little bit more stylish.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
For a while I couldn’t work out how I was going to illustrate my blog. I couldn’t believe that I would feel happy enough to publish any photograph that I took, but in the end, of course, I’ve discovered that all dogs are photogenic and thankfully that renders my inexperience irrelevant.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
A friend of mine who writes a brilliant food blog, Belleau Kitchen, wrote about the time it takes to find your voice on your blog. I found that heartening. I think mine is still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying the process.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Twitter and Instagram have both been very useful tools, but getting out there and meeting people involved in all aspects of the world of dog – from dog trainers to dog charities, groomers to dog bed suppliers – has been invaluable.
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
A post about Schnauzerfest, and a post about Robert James Clarke, an artist specializing in dog portraits, were two popular posts last year. The former was focused on the Schnauzer community – so I know that my readers really, really like Schnauzers. The latter had a broader doggy/art/style appeal which I’m hoping to expand.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
My favourite post to write this year was Teddy’s Tales: The Parallel Worlds of Dog Show and Catwalk which compared my old life as a fashion editor, visiting catwalk shows, with my current life as a dog owner, visiting dog shows. The similarities were fairly startling.
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
To date, I have only written about the things that I have bought and liked. The fun of it is, just because I like them, unfortunately it doesn’t mean that Teddy likes them (I’m thinking of his rain jacket in Teddy’s Tales: A Schnauzer Spooked). I’m always interested in other people’s reviews of products so in writing this, I realise it is something I should do more often.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
Keep going… I believe (and hope) it’s going to be a long road.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
To bring more people to the blog, to re-focus on what I know (bring in more of the style element), to tighten up the layout and work harder on the social media.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I’d like a blog guru, please. One who can answer my SEO queries, point me in exciting new directions (mainly via tech knowledge) and give me the tips that I really ought to know.