1. How long have you been blogging and provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.
Our first post was on April 14, 2010. This is what we had to say back on January 13, 2012. (I guess we were even later last year, ha ha ha!)
2. What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s post?
Myself, I try not to actually have too many goals. Or any, really. That way, I am never disappointed in myself. Now that doesn't mean I don't like to set goals for the Human, of course, and last year I told her on January 1 that I wanted to post every day for a year. She whined and complained and asked why we had to start in a year that had a freaking extra day in it, but I insisted.
3. Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed over the past year?
We did manage to post every day last year, which is great, but now the Human feels all smug about it and I can't complain as much as I would like to.
4. How often do you post?
Well, so far we have posted every day this month, but the Human says she doesn't think she's got it in her to keep up the pace for another whole year. *I* think we can do it, though!
5. Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you changed?
*My* opinion? Nope-ity-nope-nope!
6. If you publish on a schedule, why? How strict are you about your publishing deadlines? What do you do for inspiration when it feels like you’ve covered every topic?
I am very strict with the Human. There's a very good reason Ceiling Cat gave us 18 razor-sharp claws and a bunch of pearly teefs.
*I* am all the inspiration I or The Human needs. I am endlessly fascinating and even if we blogged for fifty years, we could never do justice to the Glorious Enigma that is King Spitty I.
If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”
What are you talking about??? All topics concerning Me are post-worthy!
7. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all.
We probably spend about two hours a day, sometimes more, doing our post and visiting our friends. We love getting comments and we try really, really hard to comment each day on the blogs of my friends who left me a comment and lots of days on some others as well.
The Human says The Blog has kind of taken over her evenings and that sometimes she'd like to spend time with, you know, her friends, or watch a little TV, or read a book, or (gasp) do some schoolwork.
My position is that she does not need to do any of that stuff.
8. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?
We don't really pay attention to that. I pretty much think that anything I get posted counts as a success. That said, once in awhile a post gets a whole bunch of comments and I don't know why. Usually it has nothing to do with how much time I spent on it or how good or bad the picture is or anything I can figure out.
It must be the alignment of Saturn and Pluto.
Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?
Since we never really looks at the numbers, it must be that other thing, though like Nellie I do not have interactions, I have furiends and I think they all has a lot of quality.
9. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
My Human seems to wait till I am sleeping to take her pictures. This is because she is lazy and unskilled at taking more action shots. I wouldn't care much about this, but everyone seems to think I am comatose most of the time.
I think maybe she needs to buy a better camera so pictures where I am moving won't be so blurry.
10. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?
I have found goals to be overrated. Plus, having goals just makes The Blog seem too much like a j-o-b, and she already has one of those that takes up like 11 hours a day.
I think we'll just wait and see what happens this year.