Happy 2019! Once again, I am participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly. As always, the Pet Blogger Challenge is a great way to learn from and support fellow pet bloggers.
1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?
I have been blogging on and off since 2011. I originally started the blog with my dog Pip as a way to raise money for his rescue shelter. I took a few years off after he passed away in 2013 and returned in late 2015 with my new dog Ruby.
The big news this year is that I rebranded and changed my blog name from The Daily Pip to My Rescued Life. The new site is all about second chances, rooting for the underdog, and choosing compassion and rescue as a lifestyle.
2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?
2018 was a difficult year for me personally but professionally and blog-wise it was pretty great. I am proud of many things this year, a few highlights include:
- I won a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award for Best Written Blog Post
- I won a Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America for Humor. I am also nominated for two more DWAA awards this year.
- I had my first feature story published in Best Friends Magazine.
- I am joining the leadership team of the Dog Writers Association of America as Secretary in February.
3. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, and how did/will you tackle it?
My rebranding was a huge challenge on many different levels, way more work than I anticipated but also pretty emotional. The Daily Pip felt like my last connection with my dog Pip and I had a really difficult time letting it go. But in April 2018, the new name just kind of popped into my mind and immediately felt right.
4. Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
This is a tough because I have a whole bunch of favorites this year. Top three include:
My Rescued Life, All Things Kind, Fierce, and Furry. This was the very first post on my rebranded site! I’m proud of the writing and believe it captures my past, present and future hopes.
3 Perks of Living With A Socially Awkward Dog. This post is part of a four part series about being socially awkward. I am now expanding the series into a book of funny tales for socially awkward people and their equally socially awkward pups.
On Being More Tree-like. I published this post on January 1, 2018 and the metaphor literally carried me through a year of losing my dad, my rabbit, and several other loved ones.
5. Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?
My post about LaCroix, a rescued cattle dog puppy with Spina bifida was hugely popular. Sadly, sweet LaCroix didn’t make it, but his story is inspiring and hopeful and continues to touch lots of hearts.
7. As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?
I started using Pinterest more regularly and intentionally in late 2018. I have had an account for years, but never used it much. Foolishly, I always assumed my content wouldn’t do well on Pinterest because I don’t post DIY projects or recipes.
But after I attended a blogging conference in August, I started to rethink things. The main reason people are on Pinterest is to be inspired – and light bulb moment, my content is all about inspiring people! So, I spent November and December creating new pins for all my rescue posts and socially awkward posts. I also joined Tailwind, deleted a bunch of old pins, and reorganized my boards to reflect my new mission (choosing compassion and rescue as a lifestyle). I’m now getting lots of traffic from Pinterest, which makes up for the traffic I lost when StumbleUpon went away.
8. Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?
As I mentioned above, I am expanding my socially awkward series into a book. I’m going to use my blog to try out some of the new content to see how it goes over and adjust accordingly. It’s pretty funny stuff and I think will be popular with fellow introverts and/or socially awkward folks who maybe sometimes hide behind their pets (and that would be me).
9. What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?
I have about half the book drafted and a quarter edited. I am signed up for a six-week accountability, writing workshop later this spring so hopefully that will help keep me on track. I am also taking on extra contract writing January through May so I can afford to take a month off this summer to finish up the book.
10. Where I could use some help …
I need to build up my email list. Any tips for getting people to sign up? Also, Instagram – I am halfway thinking of starting a second Instagram account just focusing on funny socially awkward posts to build up an audience for the book, but also that sounds like way too much work. Thoughts?