Monday, January 11, 2016

6th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

Today, we're joining many of our favorite pet bloggers, and participating in the 6th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge. The aim is to celebrate our successes from 2015, share what we’ve learned and set our visions for the coming year. This is our first time participating even though Mom Paula has been blogging over seven years.

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.
One of Sweet Praline's Headers designed by Ann from Zoolatry

Mom Paula began blogging with Sweet Praline in June 2008.  When Sweet Praline went to the Bridge in 2011, Mom Paula took a short break from blogging for a month and then began a new blog, Sweet Purrfections, for us once she knew we were coming to live with her. Our blog chronicles our daily lives and shows our Southern Sweet and Sassy personalities.
2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?
Mom Paula and some fellow cat bloggers at BlogPaws 2015
Mom Paula was able to attend BlogPaws 2015 and BarkWorld 2015, where she was able to learn information to improve our blog.  She was able to network with pet product companies and other pet bloggers.  We were very proud to participate in our first paid sponsored post through BlogPaws this year.
3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
We've had so many posts we've liked that it's hard to pick a favorite.  We decided to share our Father's Day post because both of us have the same Daddy Cat and Mom Paula could also share the photo of her dad.  
4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?
We've gotten more involved in social media.  We haven't limited our communication to just cat bloggers.  We participate in BlogPaws Twitter parties on a regular basis. We've also applied for more sponsored post through BlogPaws and have worked on larger, clearer photos and being more creative.
5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)
Our most popular post based on page views appears to be the Sunday Selfie post from July 5, 2015, which featured Brulee with her wild fur horns and unique green eyes.
6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

We haven't been able to visit and read blogs as much this past year as we've done in the past.  We always try to visit the cat bloggers we've followed since 2008.  We love all of them, but the one blog we visit everyday is the Cat Blogosphere because we can keep up with what is happening with our furriends.
7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?
BlogPaws, going to conferences, talking through email and on the phone to other bloggers, and watching "how to" videos on YouTube.  We also visit a lot of pet bloggers to see what they are doing.
8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?
Find your own "voice" and theme for your blog.  Stay true to it, even if you are doing a sponsored post.  Our blog is meant to chronicle our daily lives and to bring a smile to everyone's face who visits.  We like to be humorous, but we are also Southern Divas. It's also important to visit other blogs if you want to increase your traffic.  
9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?
Our goals are to help Mom Paula develop better photography skills.  We do not have a lot of natural light in our house and with our silvery white fur, it's difficult to get good clear photographs of us.  We'd also like to set up a schedule so we can visit each of our blogging furriends at least once a week.
10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
We'd just like to thank the pet blogging community for its support with our blog and with our personal challenges this year.  We're always open to recommendations on how we can improve our blog.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Wow, what great answers! And I can't believe my human, hamming it up in that photo - too bad I can't go into restaurants with her to keep her in check. It was really awesome meeting you at BlogPaws! And my human says she thinks you are doing a great job with your blog.

  2. Paws up, especially for your answer about finding your voice and staying true to it.

  3. Great post! We are looking forward to seeing more from you this year!

  4. Great answers and y'all are always so much fun!!!

  5. We enjoyed reading your answers...and we always love visiting you girls.

  6. Thank you for sharing! We really enjoyed learning more about you, sweet pals.

  7. Excellent advice about finding your own voice and staying true. I enjoyed learning more about you!

  8. You kitties are beautiful! I would love to have another kitty cat but most of you make my eyes swell shut:(

  9. Great post! Everything that we as animal lovers can do to help spread the word about dogs, cats, rats, birds, etc., is helpful to saving/adoption! Your momma is awesome - and so true, stay true to your voice!!

  10. I love the "getting to know you" aspect of this post. I learned a lot!

  11. I just love you guys, you are just as fluffy as I am! Great post to learn more about you all! :)

  12. It is always great to learn more about my blogging friends. I try to visit as many blogs as I can and I am always discovering new bloggers.

  13. Wow! Well done you! It must have been wonderful to look back on your experiences and see how far you've come on your journey. Congratulations.

  14. Great post! It was really nice to get to know you and your blog better.

  15. I really enjoyed your blogger challenge, thanks for sharing it with us! I just love that fur horn photo! I'm not surprised its one of your most popular.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  16. Great answers! I am sorry that I missed the challenge, but I will definitely partake, next year. It's good to be reflective and see where your strengths and weaknesses are.

  17. Fantastic post! So fun to learn about your journeys and adventures. I can see it would be a bit difficult to photograph your gorgeous kitties. What a fun challenge, though. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I can see why the Sunday selfie was so popular- that picture is awesome! This was fun to read, I'm glad you boosted this post

  19. Sounds like we have taken a similar blogging path. I started our blog in 2011 with my dog Pip. When he passed away in 2013, I took a break and wasn't sure I wanted to return. I finally returned in 2015 with our new dog Ruby (and this year I'm trying to bring our cats in more, too). I think your pictures are always beautiful, but our house is dark, too so I do understand the challenges of indoor photography.

  20. I love visiting your blog mainly because of your beautiful girls and tone. I think you already do an awesome job of photos and do creative reviews and posts.


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