Weekend Unwind: BlogPaws 10 Questions for Pet Bloggers

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Jasmine_ServicePicby: Carol Bryant, BlogPaws' PR Manager

It's the weekend and that means time for BlogPaws' getting to know YOU better. Each weekend we turn the tables and instead of informing, we ask and you educate us.

If you blog or microblog (reading this, you are probably on Twitter or Facebook or both, right), and have a pet, had a pet or wish to have one, we want to know more about you. Want to get the word out to others about your online presence? Answer below and get started. Ready?

1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.

2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?

3. How long have you been blogging?

4. How many pets do you have at present?

5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog's content?

6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?

7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?

8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?

9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?

10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?

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  • http://theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot Garth Riley

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    The World According to Garth Riley
    theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    2-3 times per week on average
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    Almost one year. I started mid-November last year.
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    I am an only dog.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Yes!
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No, but we plan to attend next year!
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Time. My staff’s availability is limited because she has a full-time job.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    We have not yet figured out Twitter.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    approximately 2-3 hours

  • http://emmysits.blogspot.com Emmy Scammahorn

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    • Emmy the Pet Sitter http://emmysits.blogspot.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    • I post on Facebook 1-5 times a day – http://www.facebook.com/emmythepetsitter
    • I Tweet daily, anywhere from 1 to 5 or more times. – @EmmySits
    • I post every Wordless Wednesday; other than that, I’m a sporadic blogger.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    • About a year and a half
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    • One—hamster Charlotte. She’s a pistol. I’ve had her since August.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    • Charlotte appears every once and awhile, but most I offer information for pet sitters and people who needs pet sitters, pet health, news, D.C.-area events, and things that amuse me.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    • Yes, in 2011 and 2012. The BlogPaws community opened up a whole new world for me. It was empowering to be in a room full of people that 1) loved animals as much as I did and 2) felt compelled to communicate on their behalf.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    • Butt in chair
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    • Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    • Yes. I like #petchat (Monday evenings 8-10 p.m. EST) and #blogpawschat (is it the 2nd Tuesday of the month?) With so many people Tweeting, they’re hectic, and if you’ve never participated you can feel left out; so many people know each other, either virtually or have met in person. But it’s a good way to build an online community and people are very welcoming.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    • Too many LOL. 3-5, I think. I’m hooked.

  • http://www.fidoseofreality.com Carol Bryant

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    Fidose of Reality: http://www.fidoseofreality.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    I blog 4-6 times a week.
    I microblog daily.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    Several years.
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    One
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Yes or in some way he influences my content.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    I have never missed a BlogPaws conference and have been to all 4 to date with my dog ;)
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    More time needed. More tech help, too.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Wordpress.
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    Yes and I love them. I have helped with some, too.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    More than 8 pretty much because PR, social media, blogging, and writing are all a part of my career.

  • http://www.somethingwagging.com Pamela | Something Wagging This Way Comes

    What fun. I love reading about my fellow blogger. Can’t wait to see what everyone has to say.
    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    http://www.somethingwagging.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    6 x a week
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    2 1/2 years
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    One
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Oh yeah.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    Yep, two.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Self-confidence.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Wordpress
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    No, I’m too wordy to enjoy Twitter much. But I’ll give it a try some day.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    Including my paid work? – probably at least 8 hours

  • Lorian Lipton

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    http://www.DogDaz.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? Every day – 365 days a year.
    3. How long have you been blogging? Since Nov 28, 2011.
    4. How many pets do you have at present? 7 (2 dogs, 5 cats)
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? It is all about them.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? No.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? Time.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? WordPress
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? No.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? I work online so I am not sure it is a fair question. 16 to 18 hrs

  • http://www.sparklecat.com Sparkle

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here. Sparkle the Designer Cat
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? EVERY day!
    3. How long have you been blogging? Since January 2003 – almost 10 years!
    4. How many pets do you have at present? Just my human, and that is enough! I also have two roommates, Binga and Boodie, and my human’s boyfriend also lives here with his dog.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? Well, I do complain about my human a lot…
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? My human has been to three! She missed 2011.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? Sometimes it is hard to come up with really good things to blog about every day. I do nap a lot.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? Self-hosted WordPress.
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? Yes – in fact, I co-hosted one a few weeks ago, a book signing pawty for one of my own books! It was very successful.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? A few. My human, on the other hand, is pretty much online from the time she gets up until she goes to bed!

  • http://www.donnasword.com Donna Black-Sword

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here. Raising a Super Dog (www.donnasword.com)
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? Twice with a Wordless Wednesday and a story on Sundays.
    3. How long have you been blogging? A couple years or so.
    4. How many pets do you have at present? Two dogs, two cats. But even better, we got us a puppy coming!
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? Absolutely! What else would I talk about? I mean really, nobody wants to hear about my job in finance.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? Yes, once and it was a blast. Can’t wait for next year’s.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? Keeping things light, fun and entertaining so readers look forward to reading the Sunday blog with their coffee.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? Nope.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? Officially, enough to stay in touch with the world. Off the record? Way too many.

  • http://puppyintraining.com/ Colby

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). http://PuppyInTraining.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? I try to blog 3-5 times a week
    3. How long have you been blogging? 5 years
    4. How many pets do you have at present? 2 dogs – Stetson and Linus
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? Yes, I mostly write about training my guide dog puppies, but I also like to talk about my own 2 dogs – Stetson and Linus.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? Yes, for the first time in 2012.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? My day job!
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? WordPress
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? Nope. I wish I could attend the BlogPaws Twitter party, but I always have guide dog meetings the 2nd Tue of the month.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? Pretty much all day since I’m a web manager by day and blogger at night.

  • http://bringingupbella.com Leslie

    What fun! I didn’t know these weekend posts existed so thanks to Pamela from Something Wagging for pointing it out.
    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here. — Bringing up Bella http://bringingupbella.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? — A minimum of 3 times a week.
    3. How long have you been blogging? — Just over 1 year. (August 2011)
    4. How many pets do you have at present? — Just the one dog, Bella.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? — Bella’s story IS my blog’s content. (With the occasional review, adoption story, etc)
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? — No but I’m already registered for BP 2013
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? — Lack of time
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? — Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? — Once – it kind of moves too fast for me.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? — Ha! I do web development for my ‘real’ job so I’m online pretty much 16+ hours/day but most of it is not for ‘fun’.

  • http://www.fetchlight.com Jen | Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography

    1. What is the name of your blog?
    Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography Blog
    http://www.fetchlight.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    1 or 2
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    About 1 year
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    1 crazy orange foxy dog
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Not especially, though there are a lot of photos of her and the logo is inspired by her.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Finding time to decide on photos and fit them into a blog post
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Wordpress hosted on my site
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    No
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    I’m not sure, maybe 4 hours actively online reading email, blogs, facebook, doing research, etc.

  • http://glogirly.com/ Glogirly and Katie

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    GLOGIRLY-Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl
    http://glogirly.com/
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    Daily
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    4 years
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    One
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Yup
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    My first time just this year
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Time!
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    Yes! Still a newbie, but FUN!
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    I refuse to answer on the grounds it may incriminate me. ; )

  • http://Rorythekelpie.blogger.com Molly

    (I have 2 dog trainig blogs)
    1. What is the name of your blog? http://www.mydogsbetterthanyourdog.wordpress.com and http://www.Rorythekelpie.blogger.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog? It depends on what happens, usually 3 or 4 times.
    3. How long have you been blogging? 2 months!
    4. How many pets do you have at present? 3 dogs, 1 foster dog, 2 cats, 1 rabbit, 1 rat, 3 goats, 8 ducks, 3 turkeys, and a bunch of chickens.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content? Yep! Rory the Kelpie is a blog all about my adopted Dog’s training progress. My other blog is about all of my dogs, my foster dogs, and me as a trainer.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference? No, but I hope to go to one in the future!
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle? Gaining more viewers. I’m not sure how to ‘advertise’ my blogs.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? WordPress and Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party? No, I don’t understand the whole twitter party. Thing.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? 2-3 houra

  • http://www.lifewithbeagle.com Christie

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    Lifewithbeagle.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    Blog: 3 times a week, or thereabouts.
    Microblog: At least a couple times a day.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    Since February. I’ve been microblogging for a couple years.
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    Two. Galadriel and Lulu.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Yup!
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    nope.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Time!
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Blogger.
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    Yup. A couple.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    At least 8.

  • http://www.kittytales1.com Denise Brixey

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    Kitty Tales (behind the scenes) http://www.kittytales1.com/
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    I try to blog seven times a week.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    I have only been blogging since June.
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    I have 2 cats.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Not anymore. The antics started out to be a primary part of the blog, however it morphed into something quite different.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Keeping it simple.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    I use Blogger.
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    No
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    Probably 6-8 hrs a day.

  • http://www.wagthedoguk.com/blog Trina

    1. What is the name of your blog?
    “>http://www.wagthedoguk.com/blog
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    5 days a week
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    Since Feb. 2012
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    One, which is Maggie
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    we focus on …its a dog wagging view of the world. Our travel stories are based on Maggie’s experiences. Our recipes Maggie eats, and our reviews; Maggie is the tester. However we do cover care and feature guest bloggers.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    Not yet, but I do want to go to one in the future.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Time, its just me and four paws doing all parts of the blog, site, seo, reviews, social, etc.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use? WordPress
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    Not yet, however I am 6+ hours ahead of EST, so blogpaws is too late for me
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online? I consider the site a full time job, so at least 8 hours a day!

  • http://www.bjbangs.net BJ Bangs

    Paws up to a weekend option, and glad to find out more about all these great bloggers.
    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    http://www.bjbangs.net Tagline: Paws for Reflection.
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    Three to four. One post is usually a photo.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    A little over a year.
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    Do, I dare admit it, five cats, from 14 years old to six months.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Maybe not primary, but certainly a part of it. All the posts on Lenny and Lily (thought he was a girl) are about my little one. I relate stories as they apply to topic whenever possible.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No, but I’d like to.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    Being a techie. To get a glimpse of my frustration, read today’s blog post: WordPress Hell.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Wordpress.org
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    Yes. The monthly BlogPaws Twitter parties are very helpful.
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    Wow, I couldn’t venture a guess because in addition to blogging and research, there’s email and that job that pays the bills.

  • http://mypawsitivelypets.blogspot.com Ann Paws

    1. What is the name of your blog? (if none, just skip this or put N/A). Feel free to put the URL here.
    Mypawsitivelypets.blogspot.com
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    Daily
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    A month
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    A pitbull named Shiner and a rat named Nibblet
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    They are not a primary part of my blog, but do come in handy for photos or other blog inspiration.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No.
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    I am very new, but learning quickly. My biggest obstacle is trying to take everything I learn in and then remembering it.
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Blogger
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    No
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    Ummmm… too many? Lol.

  • http://gigigriffis.com Gigi

    1. What is the name of your blog? The Ramble (www.gigigriffis.com)
    2. How many times a week do you blog or microblog?
    Three to four.
    3. How long have you been blogging?
    Ten years, but only a couple on this particular blog. :)
    4. How many pets do you have at present?
    One small, spunky schnauzer mix.
    5. Are the antics and lives of your pets a primary part of your blog’s content?
    Yes. I write primarily about travel, but I travel with my dog, so she’s featured at least every week or two.
    6. Have you ever been to a BlogPaws conference?
    No
    7. What is your biggest blogging obstacle?
    NA
    8. What platform (i.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc) do you use?
    Wordpress.org
    9. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?
    No
    10. How many hours per day, on average, do you spend online?
    8 or so.

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