Because, even though I rarely blog now, blogging used to be incredibly important to me and I feel it's been degraded and despoiled in recent years, I thought I'd participate in this year's pet-themed Blog Hop.
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 2004. I blog about animals, animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, pet health, teevee, and politics.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
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?
Be ethical. Stop thinking about traffic and SEO and making money. Write well, and from your heart.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Writing great content and sharing it on social media.
5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?
Death Eaters now control both chambers of Ministry of Magic, which I wrote after the mid-term election. Not surprised, because anything with a fandom angle will always do well, and I have a lot of fandom followers on Twitter due to my years of recapping television shows.
6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
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?
While I occasionally do review items, I have not changed my policy, which is this.
I think giveaways and otherwise getting in bed with product manufacturers is one of the things that's destroyed blogging, especially pet blogging.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
Write well. Use social media. Stop giving crap away and trying to monetize your blog and forget SEO. Be passionate. Have opinions. Fact check what you write. Ask people you blog about to comment for your story.
9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
Come to my house and hold me hostage until I blog something.