Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Pet Blogger Challenge

 Yeah, the graphic is out of season, but we thought it was cool.  And we dint have a newer better one that fit anny better for this...

We found this from Summer's Blog.  It comes from GoPetFriendly.  It seemed inneresting!  Give it a try yerselfs...

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.

The blog started in 2006.  We werent here then.  But we are The Ones here now.  It is a blog of The Big Thing's (TBT) cats, and we are the cats.  It is all about US!

2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?

Pictures with good stories about the pictures.  Its not like we are "cause" blog.  It's all about US.  What we accomplished (we hope) is that readers liked our sometimes unique pictures, our stories, and our enjoyment of life.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

Seriously, you think we recall our posts?  Well, OK, we think our "Twas The Night Before Crissymouse" poem was pretty good.  We can remember December, at least.

4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?

Make better posts?  At least keep up the standards of the past years.

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)

Well, the post that got the most traffic was one where the STUPID Googlebot visited us like a 100 times one day and messed up our usual catstats!  Aside from that, we really dont care (we're cats, not Beins).

6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

Max The Psychokitty.  TBT discovered his blog in 2004 and it is what got us (well TBT) started cat-blogging in 2006.  And Meezer Tails blog, who were the first commentors on our own blog. 
7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

We depend on TBT.  Who in turns depends on extreme personal perseverance, screaming mad hours of determination, and some help from friends. 

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?

Try programs.  You cant break your computer by clicking on a menu option.  And sometimes you learn something. 

9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

We have no "visions" whatsoever (well except for when TBT gives us primo Nip - THOSE visions are great).  We just like to post about ourselves.  Our goal is to make it to late August 2016 which will be our 10th blogoversary.  After that, we will go for 11.

10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

We would like to design an award everycat would like.  But we are too inept at that stuff.  More importantly, we would like to make more readers glad to read our posts.  And visit them more often.

We would like some suggestions to make our posts more inneresting...  We do our best, but we could do better. 


Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

We agree 1000%! Who cares about stats and stuffs - the number one thing is for it to be FUN - otherwise, why blog at all?

And we love living vicariously through your outdoors photos!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

See, now THAT is something we did not properly unnerstand or appreciate.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

We second that motion, kitties! We blog fur fun...and meowmy says its kind of like our diary, an illustrated one! And we love how you do hunting and outdoorsy things.
Stats?? We didn't even know there were such things until by accident meowmy discovered them, MOL!!

We have not been blogging nearly as long as you! Not quite three years...

Megan said...

I think you guys tell great stories. Always something happening at your place. And your parties are absolutely The Best in cyberspace - ever!

I think you are very good at communicating your stories and your enjoyment of life. Each unique personality shines through. I also think it's good that readers get to hear about TBT: he seems to be very committed to your care and something of a role model for other beins. I'd prefer not to see such close-ups of so many deaded things, but we've discussed that and I understand your position.

Suggestions: you ran several posts in 2015 where you responded to reader comments: you answered questions, provided additional information and encouraged interaction. I thought that was interesting and something that you might like to do regularly. Other ways of increasing interaction with your readers might be to run some guessing competitions/quizzes. But I'd just like to encourage you to keep on keeping on 'cos your blog is fun and interesting and upbeat and I'm always glad to read it.

Thank you.

Sydney, Australia

Summer at said...

How awesome that you decided to answer these questions too! I always love visiting your blog, and it's so much fun to see you guys being outside without a harness, which we can't do here. I like the idea of answering readers' questions too - that was a fun series.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We think we will do more comment-answering this year! We sure enjoy it.

Katie Isabella said...

I rarely get a comment that needs answering but if I do, I'll meow about it.

I blog as did the Admiral because we both enjoy it. WE are kitties who don;t look at stats. Mom does;t either on her blog. I suppose since others speak of them, we may one day but we honestly don;t care unless NO kitty visited. Then we'd be sad. No one knew Admiral was there for months! She was meowing to the four winds. Finally someone came to visit. She didn't know about the CB. Good thing she did like blogging because no one read what she meowed for months.

The Island Cats said...

We enjoyed reading your answers...and we always enjoy visiting you guys and seeing what you're up to.

Brian said...

Y'all are so right, blogging for fun is the ticket! We really enjoyed your answers!

Mariodacat said...

I always enjoy your blog when M lets me come over. But unfortunately, she doesn't let me read blog every day because of sitting in a chair for so long. Blogging for fun is the best way.

Jean Neilson said...

I'm a first time visitor to your blog. I like it and well, two of you are meezers and us meezers must stick together. I was made an official "Cat from Hell" by Nellie....we all know Nellie of Cat From Hell. I just look mean and I take no cwap from anyone but when it comes to playing I'm all paws. MOL

Nose Rubs,


The Swiss Cats said...

We enjoyed reading your answers. We love to visit your blog ! Purrs

Flynn said...

I agree with you and blog for fun. I am not interested in my statistics as long as I get visitors coming to read my posts. We were lucky when we started blogging because Fat Eric introduced us, so we got visitors from day 1. We started blogging around the same time as you. It will be our 10th anniversary in July and I hope to still be here for it.

Pretinha said...

Concordo o blog é para se divertir, gosto muito de passar por
aqui, e sempre me divirto com vocês.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

It was so nice meeting you this past year and we enjoyed reading your answers!

Mr Puddy said...

Since 2016 ! Kudos to you !!
Me & Mom always love to visit your blog even this day we don't much at all, A bit random because mom have a lot of stuff going on.We aim to do better this year.... Paw crossed for myself =^x^=

Have a great day

modern nomad said...

If it's not fun it's not worth the effort. Do what you enjoy in life and you will be happier for it...
from; Lessons From My Cat

Have a super Sunday.

Noodle and crew

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Nice to learn more about you and I sure hope you blog 11 or more years.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We think you do great. We particularly like your gardening post and hearing how TBT makes toys for you.