2015 Pet Blogger Challenge

Nikitaland is thrilled to be taking part in the 2015 Pet Blogger Challenge! This is our first year participating, and we want to expand and grow our blog with new adventures!  If you would like to join in the challenge, click on the badge.

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And now, without further ado, here are the questions for Pet Blogger Challenge 2015:

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.

I have been blogging since September of 2010 after we rescued our first dog, Nikita.She came from a litter of seven pups and after they were born, their dog Mom was poisoned with anti-freeze. The puppies were in dire need of help immediately and the Cleveland APL was called in and they saved all the puppies. I started my blog to document our new life with a dog, and how she has changed our lives forever. We gave her a forever home, and she has given us more love than we could have ever imagined. Then, two years after we rescued Nikita, we rescued Bella who was found wandering the streets in Cleveland, OH.

2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.  

One of the things that I am proud of is making more connections with fellow bloggers. Reaching out to others, learning from them, and making new friends has touched my heart in so many ways.

3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs? 

The biggest thing that I have learned is to reach out to fellow bloggers, listen to their stories, and connect with them! When you do this, you find out that we all have a lot in common and are all willing to help each other out. Making connections that turn into awesome friends is what blogging is all about!

4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content? 

Since I do not participate in social media like Facebook or Twitter (just don’t feel the need for it), I reach out to others through blog hops, comment on a lot of blogs, and keep my blog presence in front of others. If you want traffic, you just can’t write on a blog, you need to participate and get involved. Pinterest has also brought a lot of traffic to my blog too from what I pin directly off of my posts.

5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?

I actually had a few popular posts that drew much traffic and both were about crafts. One was how to melt pony beads in a pizza pan to make a beautiful sun catcher which was viewed 3,777 times, and the other one was for my paper mache pumpkins I created and this post was viewed 6,819 times. Both of these brought tons of traffic because there was a lot of interest in the tutorials on how to make them.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?

Probably my favorite post was about my paper mache pumpkins because I love everything about Halloween, and how I turned an ordinary plastic bag into an awesome pumpkin. I even made a few paper mache stands that the pumpkins can sit on too!

7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?

If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all?

If you don’t do reviews, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?

I would love to do product reviews, but do not know how to get involved with companies to review their products. I would definitely be interested in doing lots of reviews this year!

8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?

Connect with others! Reach out to your fellow bloggers! Nothing makes blogging more fun than knowing who your audience is!

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015? 

One of my biggest goals and something that we are truly passionate about is our involvement in giving back to the community. We are truly grateful for what the Cleveland APL has done for saving both Nikita and Bella, getting them off the streets and into their forever home with us, that we have participated in their annual Pledge For Pets Fundraiser. 2015 will be our fifth year participating in this fundraiser and we hope that we can get more bloggers involved and help us raise the much needed funds to help the animals who need our assistance & pay it forward! This annual fundraiser is coming up soon, so help us raise all the donations we can to help the animals who need us! (watch for upcoming blog posts!)

And, speaking of Paying It Forward, I am working with another fellow blogger to help raise awareness for doing good deeds in the world today. Make someones day and help them out. If you can, help someone less fortunate than yourself, pay for a meal for them, give someone some of the clothes you don’t wear anymore, shovel a neighbors driveway, the list is endless. It is all about giving back, doing something good & making a difference.

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

I don’t think I have run into anything yet in the blogging world that I needed help with, but I would not be afraid to ask for assistance when needed. I am constantly learning all that I can to create a fabulous blog and a place where everyone who visits feels like it’s home.

If you have any questions or need a little help, don’t be afraid to ask – building camaraderie is what the Pet Blogger Challenge is all about! And, as always, your help in spreading the word is much appreciated. Please tell your friends and share the badge on your blog.