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Pet Blogger Journey Challenge 2021

We’re interrupting our common content material for a peek behind the inexperienced curtain in our pet blogger journey. I’ve been pet running a blog for 11 years, and wow what a journey it has been.

Yearly, a bunch of pet bloggers get collectively and reply the identical set of questions. When you’re interested in what I do right here at Fidose of Actuality or need to begin your personal weblog, keep tuned as a result of there’s so much to share.

This pet blogger journey is being hosted by my pet running a blog pal, Colby Morita of Pet in Coaching this 12 months as soon as once more. As you all know, 2020 was not a simple 12 months one of the vital difficult years in American historical past. I confronted it head-on, however like everybody, there have been a couple of bumps alongside the best way. Luckily, with a Cocker Spaniel by my aspect, all the things is a lot extra manageable.

Our Pet Blogger Journey 2021

1. When did you start your weblog and what do you presently write about?

My pet running a blog journey started in 2009, the place I nudged the homeowners of a fledgling canine journal that they wanted a weblog. I helped create it they usually wound up successful awards for it.

In 2009, I took a have a look at the assorted canine blogs and realized there wasn’t one devoted particularly to reality-based canine well being and wellness subjects. Like all the things in my life, I jumped in toes first and created a canine weblog, Fidose of Actuality.

I’ve since hyper-niched right down to a weblog about wholesome residing for Cocker Spaniels and their canine buddies. Wish to learn extra about my background, this weblog, and my love of Cocker Spaniels?

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2. Title one factor about your weblog, or one running a blog objective that you simply achieved throughout 2020 that made you most proud.

Fidose of Actuality gained the Canine Writers Affiliation of America weblog or web site of the 12 months. The night time was February 9, 2020 and the pandemic was simply beginning to get some buzz. In a roomful of over 120 folks at an in-person occasion a couple of miles from New York Metropolis, my title was mentioned aloud because the winner of the DWAA’s best blog or website of the year.

I’m accustomed to giving issues away (we’re pet bloggers, in spite of everything, it’s what we do), so I used to be surprised when my title and weblog had been mentioned aloud. My canine was by my aspect, my spouse was with me, and my good friend Anne Serling (The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling’s daughter) was on the desk with me. Right here’s my response, which I thank my bestie, Christine Aiello, for snapping as a result of I used to be clearly caught off guard:

pet blogger at dog writers awards
I couldn’t include my feelings.

I additionally gained a Maxwell medallion and a few money grants for:

Finest Article or Weblog – Behavioral Coaching for my submit, 8 Easy Fixes for a Fear-Free Veterinary Visit for Dogs

Worry Free Canine Enrichment Award for my submit, 8 Easy Fixes for a Fear-Free Veterinary Visit for Dogs

pet blogger with anne serling
L to R: Carol Bryant, Dexter Bryant, Anne Serling

Bonus Proud Second: I additionally self-published the DogMinder. I went on the lookout for a well being and wellness journal for my canine’s medical stuff since I crammed up my outdated one (Cocker well being, what can I say). And I noticed the journal I wished to purchase doesn’t exist. So I created it. It’s been promoting comparatively effectively, and I put loads of analysis, coronary heart, and soul into it. It’s a low-content journal however the suggestions has been superior.

DogMinder is a canine well being and wellness medical journal designed to maintain a everlasting file of your canine’s:

  • Veterinary Visits
  • Each day Observations
  • Drugs & Dietary supplements
  • Likes & Dislikes
  • Meals & Treats
  • Reactions To Vaccines
  • Emergency Contacts
  • And So A lot Extra!

Seize a copy of the DogMinder for underneath $10 bucks on Amazon.

prize holiday dog photo contest prize

P.S. I came upon in December of 2020 that the pet running a blog guide I co-authored with Maggie Marton, Pet Blogging for Love & Money, is up for E book of the 12 months from the Canine Writers Affiliation of America. I’ll discover out subsequent month if we gained! What an honor!

3. Which of your 2020 posts was hottest together with your viewers? Why do you suppose it does so effectively?

One of many some ways canine mother and father discover my weblog is when their canine is identified with IMT, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. My Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, almost misplaced his life to this immune system illness a couple of years in the past.

I blogged our journey in actual time, included a video, and I adopted up with a submit a 12 months in a while his progress. My canine survived, however sadly many don’t. I can not start to depend the variety of canine mothers and canine dads who’ve written to me to thank me for my well-detailed submit. They print it, present it to their vet, take it to the internist, and it opens a dialog for therapy and administration of this horrid illness that mainly shuts down the canine’s platelets. So a bruise or a slight bump or reduce can kill a canine if this isn’t handled stat.

Learn my submit and follow-up right here:

Help for Dogs Fighting IMT: Immune Mediated Thrombycytopenia

Journey of a Dog with IMT: One Year Later

From a visitors perspective, which means what Google says is my hottest submit of 2020, 101 Best Dog Tattoo Ideas as a result of everybody loves their canine and since many canine mother and father (current firm included) need a canine tattoo. I’ve 5 tattoos so far, three are dog-themed, however I digress.

4. What was the largest running a blog problem you confronted in 2020, and the way did you deal with it?

My pandemic fears getting in the best way of my success and all the highs and lows of visitors to the weblog. I tackled it by speaking to my spouse and getting by means of all of the uncertainties of the pandemic collectively.

I made a plan with possible, doable, small steps. I significantly had no concept what was taking place or what would occur, like the remainder of the world. Some days I nonetheless really feel like that, as whoever would have imagined the Capitol would face an rebellion to kick off 2021? I cling to hope and am grateful for brand new management.

5. Inform us one factor you discovered in 2020 that may assist us all grow to be higher bloggers.

I discovered extra about search engine optimization and actually took a deep dive into it greater than ever. search engine optimization is vital…crucial…however so is staying true to your readers.

I additionally discovered to comply with my area of interest. As a Cocker Spaniel well being and wellness blogger, I booked a highway journey with my household to attend ASC (American Spaniel Membership) Nationals to go head to head with Cocker breeders, homeowners, handlers, and so on., in Missouri in the summertime of 2020. However then, the pandemic and life paused.

I nonetheless continued on my path and arrange a listing of weblog posts I deliberate to write down with a Cocker Spaniel focus. I gathered sources, made a Google Sheet, and now I’ve a number of hundred references from vets to Cocker specialists on it. I’m working by means of my listing.

Be prepared to pivot and never throw each single egg into one basket. I knew this, I train this, and 2020 is the 12 months I actually utilized it. Growing my search engine optimization data and pivoting have served me effectively.

Ohhhh p.s. I additionally discovered not all the things is about key phrase analysis instruments. Simply sayin’. Vital? Sure. Write in your reader, not a robotic.

6. What are your prime running a blog objectives for 2021?

My phrase for 2021 is simplicity.

Objective 1: To finish the Revenue College Final Content material Warrior Problem. I gained’t be the primary place winner, however I like the challenges and plan to finish all of it. I made it by means of to spherical 4 after the preliminary cuts, and regardless of once I get reduce, I’m doing the problem to develop and study.

Objective 2: To extend my weblog’s visitors by at the very least 30 % by updating older posts and writing new, extra laser-focused Cocker Spaniel and another content material.

Objective 3: New server and new theme with a brand new webmaster. I not too long ago converted to a brand new server, employed a brand new webmaster, and I’m booked for my new quicker and extra user-friendly theme, which must be in place hopefully by March on the newest.

7. In an ideal world, the place do you see your self and your weblog one 12 months from now?

Alive and wholesome and celebrating my twenty eighth 12 months of marriage to my spouse with our Cocker celebrating his thirteenth birthday. Nothing is extra vital than household and our buddies who’re like household. I need us to have the ability to highway journey, not be afraid a grocery retailer expertise is like going right into a conflict zone, and having the ability to see our buddies and their canines. We’re homebodies however we love dog-friendly journey and miss it a lot.

In an ideal world, my different enterprise (associated to writing) might be launched, and that’s not a fantasy or a dream, however what I’m working towards this 12 months. It must be up and operating by early summer season on the very newest.

In an ideal world, my weblog’s visitors and earnings has elevated, I’ve the manuscript to my first canine fiction guide full, and I’ve grown my mailing listing.

8. When you had $1,000 to spend in your weblog how would you spend it?

I by no means let myself get money strapped, so I’ve spent this sort of cash on my weblog for a brand new host, new theme, new webmaster, and a few courses. I’d love to have the ability to rent somebody part-time to do some process work for me, and that’s one thing I plan to do that 12 months.

9. What’s one talent you’d wish to study or enhance in 2021?

Electronic mail listing development and extra video expertise. I like talking in entrance of a digicam and by no means really feel afraid or nervous. I simply want some fundamental video manufacturing expertise. Darlene and I’ve invested in some lighting and are changing our visitor bed room right into a second residence workplace for filming and video manufacturing.

10. When you may ask the running a blog neighborhood for assist with one problem you’re having together with your weblog, what would it not be?

  1. When you’ve had success with promoting many copies a self-published guide, what recommendation would you be prepared to move on?

2. Fill within the clean: My greatest search engine optimization tip is: ________.

family is everything
Right here we come, 2021!

Summing Up My Pet Blogger 2020 Journey

Working distant is overseas for a lot of, however that’s my lifestyle. I do higher in isolation, I’m extra productive, and I’m by no means alone, as my spouse and canine are with me. I’ve been a distant employee since 2001, so I suppose that makes me a visionary 😉

That mentioned, I all the time say working from residence doesn’t imply by no means leaving your private home and the pandemic has put a damper on that. So I’ve discovered to pivot, make investments time with my household, make investments time in issues I like, and notice that I should be extra of a human being and fewer of a human doing.

Fidose of Actuality is for retains and I’m on this journey for the lengthy haul. Writing is in my soul, and I can assist many whereas making a residing, by means of this weblog. Thanks for taking the journey with me all these years.

Be taught extra about different pet bloggers on this journey with me by visiting the Puppy in Training blog post and scroll right down to the underside to see all of the hyperlinks.

Right here’s to the subsequent 11 years and pet running a blog success for all!

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