The Pet Bloggers Challenge was initiated by two members of the pet blogging community, Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me? and Amy Burkert of GoPetFriendly. I thought it would be a nice opportunity for some of you to learn a little bit more about why I blog and what my future plans are for The Conscious Cat. So, I’m taking the challenge, along with other bloggers such as Romeo the Cat and Lorie Huston, DVM at the Pet Health Care Gazette. (Psst: I was supposed to post this yesterday, but they’ve extended it until 11:59pm tonight, so I’m still good!).
So, without further ado:
1. When did you begin your blog?
I started blogging on March 1, 2009 – we’ll soon be celebrating our 2nd anniversary!
2. What was the original purpose for starting a blog?
The Conscious Cat was inspired by Amber, and my vision was for it to become a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans. I was already publishing my bi-monthly newsletter News for You and Your Pets, and I was in the process of writing Buckley’s Story. Starting the blog gave me an opportunity to reach an ever growing audience of cat lovers who are as passionate about their cats and their health and happiness as I am.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
4. Do you blog on schedule or as the spirit moves you?
I usually blog three times a week: Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. I keep an editorial calendar, but it’s very flexible.
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
Yes. The Conscious Cat Store features products hand-picked by me (and some are even approved by Allegra!). I receive some income from carefully selected companies who advertise on my blog. I only advertise products and services that I’ve either personally used, or that I believe will be of interest to my readers.
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and about your blog in particular (bragging is good)?
I love to write! I’m passionate about educating cat owners about feline health and nutrition, and blogging gives me an easy way to reach a wide audience. I love the community blogging builds – from fellow pet bloggers to my readers, I’ve “met” so many wonderful people through this blog. One absolutely amazing “by-product” of this site has been the community of tortie lovers created by my post Tortitude – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats. I wrote the post in August of 2009, and it’s generated more than 1400 comments as of this writing! The thread has become a place for afficionados of cats with this particular coloring to gather and exchange stories about their cats, and the friendships that have formed as a result are something I never expected when I started this site.
7. What do you like least?
The days when inspiration is slow to come. Coming up with original content on an ongoing basis, and meeting my own high standards for that content, can sometimes be a challenge.
8. How do you see your blog changing or growing in 2011?
I’m hoping that the rapid growth I’ve seen over the past year will continue (and I wouldn’t complain if it magically went viral overnight, either!). I’ll continue to expand the topics I’m presenting. I’m looking forward to hosting exciting guest bloggers. I have some great giveaways planned. And most of all, I’m looking forward to all the comments I get from my readers each and every day.