I’m participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge 2017, organized by Go Pet Friendly. As part of the challenge, I’m answering a series of questions about my blog.

Q: When did you start your blog and, for anyone who is just seeing it for first time, please provide a description of your site. Would you say your blog focuses more on sharing stories with your readers, or providing a resource for your audience?

I started the blog in December 2016. I provide a mix of tips, humor, “pup-torials,” and personal stories about dogs. Although I have a mix of content that varies from personal stories to advice, I try to include guidance and tools in everything I write.

Q: What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?

Buying my domain and starting the blog!

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

Probably the post that I wrote in first person from an aging dog’s point of view: https://21pupstreet.com/2016/12/20/letter-from-an-aging-dog/

It has significance for me, as I drew from experiences I’m having with my boyfriend’s 17-year-old dog and my mature 9-year-old dog.

Q: Year after year, one goal that we all seem to share is that we want to reach more people. What one tool did you use or action did you take this year that had the most impact on increasing traffic to your blog?

After starting my blog, I immediately started a Facebook page and invested in a $30 ad campaign, where I picked up about 85 subscribers. A lot of my current traffic comes from Facebook, so I think this was a wise investment to start.

Q: Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? (Please include a link.) Have you noticed any themes across your most popular posts?

My Dogs Have Issues But I’m Not a Terrible Owner and Spa Day: Treat Your Pup to an Elegant Doggie Bath. Since I’m new at this, I haven’t yet noticed any trends, but I have gotten a lot of feedback on the personal stories.

Q: What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog? (Please include a link.)

Funny enough, I really like what a friend of mine is doing at her crafting/kids blog: seevanessacraft.com. I modeled my doggie spa day after some of what she does. I also like news sites like The Dogington Post and have done a few guest posts there.

Q: What is one thing your readers don’t know about you or your pets that would surprise them?

My dogs and I have similar personalities – we’re all quite shy with strangers.

Also, in addition to blogging about dogs, I’m a freelance journalist focusing on wildlife and conservation.

Q: What is something you’ve learned this year that could help other bloggers?

Just do it. I was a little scared to start my blog, and I’m still figuring out the direction, but I’m excited and ready to meet any challenges that come my way in 2017.

Q: What would you like to accomplish on your blog in 2017?

I’d like to grow my blog to the point where I can start monetizing a bit.

Q: Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

What is the one thing you wish you knew in your first year as a pet blogger?

Join the Pet Blogger Challenge Jan 7th, 8th and 9th