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.
I always have to go and look this up. I started blogging in May of 2010. It's been a while it seems. The subject of my blog has remained the same through that whole time. I blog about dog health advocacy. Being your dog's health advocate means doing some homework. Starting from finding the right veterinarian, learning how to see signs of things not being right, when to see a veterinarian, understanding basics about health issues your dog might be facing.
Learning to understand our dogs and how to care for them.
2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?
I survived it! That seems a sufficient accomplishment.
I've been very busy with work and barely managing keeping the blog populated. One thing, though, I'm almost finished with my book, Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog. It still needs a bit of work but it's mostly there. So I'm pleased with that.
3. Which of your blog posts was YOUR favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)
I really couldn't say. Perhaps Wound Care - Scissor-Free Bandaging, because it's my first crude attempt at "how to" post.
I would really like to highlight PT Sue's Physical Therapy Tips series, though, because there is some great information there.
4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?
Honestly? Not a thing. I didn't have time. I write my articles, I read veterinary streams, share information I feel people could use, and that's about it. That's all I have time for.
5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)
I highlighted my top ten popular articles of 2015 in an earlier post. The most visited post was Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Drinking (Polydipsia). It's not an anomaly, most traffic on my blog goes to this series. I think it's great and encourages me to finish my book because, clearly, there is need for this information out there.
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.)
I don't read my own blog, I just write it!
There is a number of veterinary blogs I follow religiously. If I had to pick just one, I guess it would be CriticalCareDVM: Because Pets Can Have Specialists Too! It's a relatively new blog with tons of awesome information. But as I said, it's by far not the only one I follow. Dr. Andy Roark has a great blog, though many of the articles are directed towards veterinarians rather than owners. I cannot leave out Dr. Kay's Spot Speaks.
And now I feel bad about all the blogs I didn't mention. I think I'll have to remedy this by making a post listing all veterinary blogs worth reading.
None, again, no time for that. I do believe that reading all the veterinary blogs and information improves my knowledge and therefore my blog content. That's about it.
8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?
I am by no means a blogging expert who could give any advice on blogging. My only advice would be, have something to say and say it. Both are equally important.
9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?
Having more time for it! Hopefully, I'll finish my book soon, and, hopefully it will sell, buying me some more time for blogging.
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?
I would like to invite all fellow bloggers to share their dog health issue story. Real-life stories are so helpful for people going through health challenges with their dogs. I also believe they are the best way to get through to people and get them to learn. Real stories have a better chance of getting through to others than just informational articles.
So why don't you guys help me out here?