The PBC...but on Jan. 11 for the chronically late.

For the second year in a row, the bloggers at Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me? organized a pet blogger challenge for Jan. 10. Of course I’m a day late posting my answers – and yeah, I know, timing in dog training is everything.

But honestly, it took me that look to figure out where I’m going here, and what I want to do.  The questions helped me take a good hard look at Dog Trainer’s Log: where it’s been, where it’s going, and where I WANT it to go in 2012. Even more important, the challenge incorporates the most critical component. It asked me to figure out HOW I was going to get to where I want to go in 2012.

My answers are:

1. When did you begin your blog? I started Dog Trainer’s Log based in 2009, from posts excerpted from my cancer survivorship blog Life Out Loud (begun in 2005.)

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog? I wanted to showcase my dog writing.

3. Is your current purpose the same? Yes, but…

If not, what’s different? My training adventures now exlore what it’s like to foster and train retired racing greyhounds, and teach high-prey dogs how to live with cats.

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals? Not completely, needs improvement!

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? As the spirit moves me (and my chemo side effects permit.)

If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)? I worry about losing momentum and readers, but do try to keep the blog fresh by linking to my other blogs and to my Syracuse Dog Training Examiner column.

5. Are you generating income from your blog? Only a bit, indirectly.

If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)? Mainly by generating interest in my writing which has led to reprints of blog posts and other writing assignments.

If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how? Still thinking about that.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)? Getting my thoughts out there, and touching base with other bloggers of similar (and dissimilar) mind.

7. What do you like least? Let’s be honest – sometimes writing is hard. ;)

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012? I’ll be expanding more on the inter-species (dog/cat) interactions and how to foster better behavior from both dogs and cats. And I’ll be trying to convey more about the human/animal bond when the human is sick and the animals provide solace.

There – now I’ve said it all out loud in pixels for everyone to read. Guess I’d better deliver!

See other bloggers taking the 2012 Pet Blogger Challenge here.


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