A unique challenge was put together by fellow pet bloggers Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me? and Amy Burket of Go Pet Friendly. The idea is to take a retrospective look at your blog and to think about where you’re heading in the future. As I seem to be in the blogging dog house what with being continually late with posts or not doing them at all, I figured this may help!
1. When did you begin your blog?
July 7th of 2009!
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
Of Cows’ Tails and Chew Toys was originally started as a kind of fun side project of my mom’s who wanted a unique way (i.e. through my voice) to journal my daily activities and any fun bit of pet related news she stumbled upon.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
The main focus is still about me (usually), but I have since branched out to include more posts about different topics.
If not, what’s different?
I’ve really opened the doggy doors as to what topics I consider blogging about. If it’s something that interests me, I’ll write about it. Plus, even though I’m absolutely adorable, I don’t think it would hold human interest enough if every single blog post was about how cute I am sleeping, eating, playing with a squeaky toy, etc.
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
For the longest time I tried to have a post for every day, Monday through Friday. It was a lot easier when my mom wasn’t in college like she is now. While there are still weeks when I can churn out a post every day, it seems more often than not nowadays, I post when I can at least three times a week.
If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it?
When I was blogging everyday, I would set a time at night (usually around 7-8) when I would have my mom (hello, paws) type up a post. As to blog ideas, I usually came up with a weeks worth over the weekend, but I also kept (and still keep) a bookmark file of pet related news stories just in case I need something to write about.
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
Well since my form of income usually boils down to chewies and delectable treats, I do receive those things to try and write about. In terms of the human income (which I take to mean those green pieces of paper known as “money”), no, this blog does not make me or my human money.
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)? If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?
I’ve always thought it would be fun to somehow turn this blogging thing into a book, but other than that, this blog is just for fun.
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I like all the attention my blog gets me! I think my human does too, especially because it has helped her make some really good friends in the pet blogging community. It’s quite nice to have a platform in which to express my thoughts and talk about how adorable I am. Who isn’t a little self-centered? I have also found that Of Cows’ Tails and Chew Toys has afforded me opportunities to help other animals that aren’t as fortunate as I am, especially since Blog the Change was started.
7. What do you like least?
Coming up with new, intriguing, and unique things to write about. While I could just write about things I like (all chicken all the time) I still want to cater to and keep my readers’ interest. It’s a lot of work for a little pup.
8. How do you see your blog changing or growing in 2011?
I have occasionally written about pet related stuff that has happened locally, but I think I want to do much more. I also want to find more ways I can use this blog to help make a difference. It’s fulfilling to do good, not to mention it makes my tail wag like crazy.
For a growing list of all the pet blogs participating in this challenge, please visit Go Pet Friendly.
Happy tail wags!