I just noticed the Pet Blogger Challenge where you answer a series of questions about your site and I thought it’s be great fun to take part in it. Thanks to Edie and Amy for coming up with the idea!
1. When did you begin your blog?
The Dog Files has two births. One is June 2008 when I started the Dog Files Video show which you can see here.
The second is October 2009 when I started blogging with 5 posts a day. That’s when the Dog Files really came to life for me.
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
My original mission for the Dog Files was to let the world know that dog’s deserve our love, our care and our respect. I consider myself a dog evangelist and I wanted the site to make a difference in the lives of everyday people and dogs around the world.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
It sure is! I’m more determined than ever to spread the word about how great dogs are and how much we owe them because of the unconditional love they show us everyday. We could learn a lot from our hounds. I know I have!
If not, whatâ€™s different?
One of the strengths of the Dog Files is our Dog Files Video Show. We are amping up production and everyone will see more video shows and content in 2011.
If so, how do you feel youâ€™ve met your goals?
I think, with the help of the Dog Files Community we’ve built a beautiful shrine to all things dog. A place for like-minded people to go to celebrate dogs and to be kept informed on what’s going on in the world with dogs.
In addition to more video shows, we are in the process of building the new website, Dog Files 2.0 if you will. I really believe it’s going to get people excited when they see it!
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
I post 5 stories a day, like clockwork. A mixture of news, opinion and dog videos.
If the former, how often â€” and what techniques do you use to stick to it?
I’ve learned that if you want to build your audience, you’ve got to adhere to a schedule. The more success you have, the more people that want the content on time!
If the latter, do you worry about, well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?
I think it is important to keep the momentum building but your traffic will ebb and flow as it wants and the only thing you can do is be consistent, friendly and create great good content.
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
We’re getting there! I’m a freelance filmmaker/editor, but I still spend about 40 hours a week working on the Dog Files. It’s a lot of work and I hope in the future… actually I plan in the future for the Dog Files to be my one gig. That, and helping rid America of kill shelters and puppy mills.
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?
All of the above! Ya gotta work it!
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I love the feedback from passionate, sensible dog folks that clearly love their dogs as much as I love my hounds, Max and Remy!
I especially love the great human beings we meet when we travel around the country filming the Dog Files Video Show. They let you into their world. They trust that you’ll tell their story truthfully and they couldn’t be more friendly. Plus, I love meeting all their dogs! It’s kind of a sacred oath I take as a filmmaker to not let them down and I hope, in the least, that they will have a beautiful video that they will be proud of.
7. What do you like least?
I do not like violent, disturbing comments on my site. Even when it’s about dog abusers. I feel that if we want to change people perceptions about how to treat animals, we must welcome them in, show them some respect and talk to them. Maybe if that happened to them when they were children they wouldn’t be abusers. That said, I also believe in stiffer penalties. Forgive, but don’t forget.
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?
Wow, I think I already answered this question, hahaha! More great videos, a new and improved website for the Dog Files community and, of course, continuing to be loud and proud about letting folks know that dogÊ¼s deserve our love, our care and our respect.
Because dogs are family.