Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pet Bloggers Challenge 2013

We're taking the Pet Bloggers Challenge today!

1. When did you begin your blog?
Summer of 2011, but didn't start posting regularly until Jan 2012.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
Video games and food! But now it's all about Badger and Mushroom.

3. Is your current purpose the same? If not, what’s different?
It's a completely different blog than the one we intended to have. We had some semblance of our previous dog-less lives when we just had Badger, but once we adopted Mushroom, our lives basically became DOGS, DOGS, DOGS.

4. How often do you post?
I try to post at least twice a week.

5. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? 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?”
I wish I could publish every day, but some days I just don't have the time. I don't screen ideas, I just post whatever comes to mind, but I do try to put it in a positive light.

6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all.
Each post probably takes me half an hour, including taking the photos. I go through my entire blogroll almost every day, so that actually takes longer than posting. I have no tips for staying on top of anything.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?
I consider the most successful posts the ones that get great comments.

Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?
It's quality over quantity. I enjoy reading comments about others' experiences.

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I've already asked for help for several issues! I asked for help with Mushroom's reactivity. We've been working on it for over 6 months, and she's now completely manageable around other dogs. Lately, I've been asking about camera stuff, and I've received a lot of helpful advice on that as well.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?
For Badger and Mushroom to get their CGCs!

The first picture I ever took of Badger (June 2011)


  1. So funny how drastically your blog focus changed...though I think now your blog title can be interpreted symbolically.

  2. Pibbles!! haha Great to see you join the challenge! New to your blog and I just had a bit of fun scanning your doggy pics! Ahhhh love em! Happy blogging!

    Bren @ Pibbles & Me

  3. AH! An adorable puppy picture of it! Don't know if it's your intention, but your blog makes me laugh every time:P

  4. DOGS, DOGS, DOGS! The same thing happened to me when I adopted Linus from the animal shelter back in 2005 so I know the feeling.

    I just got a new camera...Canon T4i with a 18-135mm lens. I know almost nothing about cameras and photography just learning as I go. Hopefully I'll have some better pics of the mutts posted to my blog :)

    Good luck with your goals in 2013!

  5. This is my first visit - glad to have made the connection! I love your site, the layout is beautiful and so original. And I can see why Badger is called Badger!

  6. Hi there, and thanks for joining the Challenge! It's amazing how adopting a second dog can change your life, isn't it? When we found Buster as a stray and made him part of our family he turned our whole life around! Because of him we started, sold our house, and started traveling the country in the Winnebago. And we couldn't be happier!

    I'm adding you to my Google Reader and I'm looking forward to perusing your past posts. My best camera advice is that last year I took a beginners digital camera course at the community college. It was inexpensive, fun and I learned a TON. If there's one near you, I'd highly recommend it. Here's to a great 2013!

  7. Hi, nice to belatedly meet you on the pet blogger challenge. If I had the time, I would be creating heaps of blog posts, too! Good luck in getting your dogs' CGCs this year.