Happy 2023! A year ago, I took part in Puppy in Training‘s 2022 pet bloggers journey. You can take a look back at my 2022 post here. At the risk of being a bit repetitive, I’m going to take part in the 2023 questionnaire too. I had fun working on it last year, and I think it can be important to really think about, and write down, things like my blog goals for the upcoming year! Without further ado…
Paw Print Pet Blog went live in October of 2010. I write about all things dog but lately have been trying to narrow my niche down a bit. My main focuses lately have been senior dogs, papillons, Alaskan klee kai, small dogs in general, and hiking/adventuring with small dogs.
I really, at least attempted, to step up my post game in 2022. In April of last year I took part in the Blogging from A to Z (almost) daily posting challenge. At the time I was also participating in a blogging course. Not only was I posting much more often, but I was learning a lot about how to improve the quality of my posts too. After blogging almost daily throughout April, I decided it would be in my blog’s best interest to keep up a relatively intense posting schedule. I’ve been putting up new posts every other day since. So for 9 months now I’ve been posting at least every other day, if not more often.
I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been hard at times. I still work a “regular” job and attempt to have a life outside of blogging and work. But I’m hoping that having more, higher quality, content will really start to pay off soon. Throughout the last couple of months especially I’ve really started to see more fruits from all my labor, and it really makes me excited to see what comes next.
Scheduling, finding enough time to blog, and creating a half decent work-life balance has for sure been a big challenge for me lately! Especially since, see above, I’ve been blogging more now than ever before. I work from home on my computer. It can be really hard to sit in front of the computer for hours a day working, to then still find the motivation I need to stay on my computer and write for my blog afterwards.
My planner is my friend! I’ve really had to get better about setting a schedule for myself, and then actually following said schedule. The earlier I can get my work done, usually the more motivation I have to spend a few hours blogging in the afternoons. I set aside Friday afternoons and all day Saturdays as blog days too. I’m getting better at getting everything done, and still making sure I give myself the time I need to spend with my partner and the dogs, and to just unwind. But I have a feeling that this will always be at least a bit of an issue for me.
Never stop learning! I’ve been blogging for 13 years now. You would think that, after that long, I’d know everything there is to know about blogging. But that’s SO not true! Not only that, but when it comes to the internet things are always changing. A technique that got you tons of views 5 years ago may be completely obsolete now. I spent more time in 2022 than I have probably since I first started blogging learning, and relearning, everything I could. And it’s helped me WAY more than I was expecting it too.
I mean, isn’t it every bloggers goal to be able to blog full time? I’d love to be there in a year, although I don’t know how realistic that goal is. I will say that I’m closer to it now than I’ve ever been before, which gives me a lot of hope.
Other than that, I just want my little pack to be healthy and happy this year.
On art. Most blog related things I can learn to do myself, but not graphic design. My partner currently does all my art for me, which I am very thankful for, but he has his own stuff going on and just doesn’t always have the time to create what I want.
Well I’d say graphic design but I think we’ve already established that I’m no good at that.
So I guess I’ll go with this instead. I’d really love to get better at promoting my blog, especially via social media. I don’t know why, but that’s never been my strong suit. I think I’ve gotten a bit better at it, especially last year, but not nearly as good as I wish I was.
I’m kind of allergic to asking for help, so this question is hard for me.
I guess if anyone has any tips for growing my social media audience that would be helpful. Out of all this “blogging stuff” I feel like doing well on social media has always been the thing I’ve, by far, been the worst at.
Thanks to Puppy in Training for hosting this years pet bloggers journey! It’s fun to work on these types of posts sometimes. I hope that everyone has a happy, healthy, successful, fun 2023!
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