Once again, the time has come to engage in a little bit of omphaloskepsis. I’m still firmly in the anti-belly button camp, but I’ll try to gaze at my metaphorical navel without getting too grossed out.
Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying I’m participating in the annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by our friends at GoPetFriendly.com. Every year, the Pet Blogger Challenge gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward – it’s a chance to deliver our own little State of the Blog address.
Before we get started, here’s a link to last year’s lint-covered entry, in case you’re curious. (Why is whatever the hell is inside a belly button called lint anyway? Who came up with that weirdness. Seriously… gross.)
Can we briefly discuss how a search for “bellybutton” GIFs resulted in a lot of Benedict Cumberbatches? (“Belly button,” in contrast, does not.) What up with that?
Anyway… this year, I thought I’d abandon my usual rambling narrative and actually answer the questions posted in the order they appear. (It’s a radical approach, I know.) So, let’s get to it…
- How long have you been blogging? Give us a quick description of what your blog is about. I’ve been blogging since… hold on, I need to go look it up… April 2010. (Where has the time gone?) As for the blog description, this excerpt from my bio page sums it up: “I Still Want More Puppies is a blog about pup culture, pop culture, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I strive for humor with a healthy dose of heart – stop by for a smile, a laugh, or a big virtual hug. There’s no law against having fun while trying to help animals, and this blog is a place to do both.” Or, to simplify – I make a lot of weird connections between seemingly unrelated things. (Thanks, Pamela.)
- Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud. That’s a tough one, honestly. Last year was not exactly one of this blog’s finest. I said goodbye to my dear Bella and kind of lost my blogging groove. So, I guess at this point, I’m most proud (so to speak) of the fact that the blog is still here at all. It’s been touch and go.
- What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs? Again, I’m not sure I’m the best person to offer advice this time around. However, I did learn that sometimes you just need to take a break when can’t find the words and your heart’s not in it. It’s okay. Be kind to yourself. The blog will still be there if and when you want to return to it.
- What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content? At this point, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to generate traffic. Sometimes, unexpected posts will garner a lot of interest, while ones I think are great seem to fly under the radar. At the end of the day, it seems to be punny pet names that keep this particular blog from completely fading into oblivion.
- What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular? Well, the posts that got the most views were those aforementioned roundups of punny pet names. Of my 2014 posts, however, this one about being a crazy dog lady was the most popular. By a long shot. (I credit this to the fact that it got a mention on the hugely popular GoPetFriendly.com Facebook page. It’s the pet blogging equivalent of the Colbert bump.)
- What was your favorite blog post to write this year? I’m not quite sure. Probably one of these two: Walking in a Neutered Wonderland or How much is that doggie falling out of the car window?
- Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year? Nope – still don’t really do them. If you don’t do reviews, is this something you’d like to do more of? Nope.
- What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers? Um… people like puns? No, seriously… I’m not feeling very wise this year. So, I guess I just hope that you have fun with it. Figure out what brings you joy, and just do your thing.
- What goals do you have for your blog in 2015? Well, since my blogging routine got seriously derailed, I didn’t really accomplish my 2014 goals: (1) giving the blog a facelift; and (2) incorporate more of my drawings as I finally (?) get that webcomic out of my head and onto the Interwebz. So, I’ll stick with those, and add a third: share more Tavish stories. He’s my favorite little dude, after all.
- If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be? Given the loss of momentum in 2014, any tips on how to get my groove back would be greatly appreciated. What types of posts have you enjoyed and what would you like to see more of? I’m hoping that I can find a focus and set some mini-goals for getting myself back into the blogging thing.
Well, those are the questions. It’s all over but the crying (by me, about the grossness of belly buttons).
If you want to gaze into some other (likely more interesting) belly buttons, check out the other bloggers participating in the challenge this year!