Why Daisy and I are Joining K9 Kamp Fitness Challenge…We Hope You Will Too!

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K9 Kamp

Daisy and I are super excited to be warming up to join Koly & Kelly and their moms at K9 Kamp 2012 – a fun and interactive fitness challenge that encourages everyone to get out and get active with your dogs. Not only are we participating in this fabulous event, but I’ll also be one of the featured bloggers – sharing our experiences and updating you on our progress throughout the 4-week series of fitness challenges!

We decided to join K9 Kamp for several reasons…the most important being FUN! When we aren’t hard at work testing new products and finding the best pet deals for you, Daisy and I enjoy a good laugh and as much playtime as possible and this sounded like LOTS of fun when we heard about it! And, although we enjoy walking and spending time outdoors, we aren’t always so good about sticking to a fitness routine and Mama isn’t exactly what you’d call the ‘athletic type’ .  We’re looking forward to trying some new activities and incorporating a little more ‘exercise’ into our routine. I’m not naming names but one of us here could stand to lose a few pounds (Daisy says it’s Mama)! I also think K9 Kamp sounds like a GREAT chance to get to know other pawsome pet bloggers and give you the chance to get to know us better, too!

ready for K9 Kamp

We really hope that you will join us along the way! It’s free and easy to participate – you can do a little or a lot, and blog about it or post comments on our blog if you don’t have one of your own. We’d love to hear from you and it will help encourage us to do our best, too! Just look for the fitness challenge posted every Friday and complete it (or at least give it a try) on your own as your schedule permits! You can also Keep Up with the hashtag #K9Kamp on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

Each challenge can be tailored to any fitness level, which is a GOOD THING since Mama’s knees just ain’t what they used to be! And did I mention there will be prizes?!? Be sure to check in at K9 Kamp Headquarters where a new challenge begins each Friday thru June 18th. The first one starts tomorrow May 18th so Daisy and I will see you bright and early at Kamp!

I’m Taking the 2012 Pet Blogger Challenge!

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Pet Blogger Challenge

The accomplished pet bloggers over at Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me have teamed up to host the 2nd Annual Pet Blogger Challenge and are inviting all pet bloggers to answer eight questions about their blogs and publish the answers on January 10th. First-Timers like me can get instructions and the full set of questions here.

1. When did you begin your blog?

  • August of 2011

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

  • My friends on Facebook (and In Real Life) kept telling me that they loved the products, advice, pet deals and contests I would find and share with them and that I should start my own blog to help other people find great deals and cool new stuff for dogs. I love the satisfaction that comes from finding bargains and  saving money while still treating our pup Daisy to something special now and then, and wanted to share that with other pet parents! I also figured that starting a new blog was a great way to teach myself some new web skills and boy, am I learning a lot!

3. Is your current purpose the same?

  • Yes, I’m blogging and tweeting all kinds of pet deals, coupons, freebies and giveaways. I’ve also started to do product reviews, as brands and companies discover my blog and invite Daisy and me to try their products.  I’d also hoped to do posts on pet travel (since my professional background includes MANY years in the travel industry) but that hasn’t really come together yet. My blog is still pretty new, so I’m just trying to build my following with unique and useful content, get to know lots of other fun pet bloggers & parents and learn as I go!

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

  • I can’t always stick to a schedule because I post deals, giveaways, and coupons as soon as I find them throughout the day, since many are time-sensitive or have expiration dates. I’m trying to also work on outlining some more personal posts and tips, stories  and ideas that I can write during my downtime and then schedule. Right now I average about 4-5 posts per day but would like to do more!

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

  • Not yet. I’m learning as I go and have just started to join a few ad and affiliate networks. Daisy has received several types of treats and products to test, so if you ask her…she’s quite pleased with her earnings. I’d like to be able to cover all my costs soon, and eventually be able to afford to devote more time to working on my blog and expanding it as I figure out how to turn my passion into something that pays the bills! I’d also like to be able to afford to attend events like BlogPaws in the future if I can generate enough income to support my travel expenses!

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

  • I really like the feedback I receive from other pet lovers and deal enthusiasts on Twitter, Facebook and from those who comment on my blog. It’s rewarding to find a really great deal, new product,  or cool promo code and see that it’s something that other people find interesting and useful, too. I like hosting giveaways and seeing how excited the winners are when I notify them.  I’m  enjoying learning new skills and meeting other pet parents and bloggers. I’m expanding my Web and Social Media skills and find it fun to keep up with what’s new. A year ago I didn’t know what Pinterest or Rafflecopter were and now I use both!  I also just did my first blog makeover all on my own and am now running on the Genesis platform from Studio Press, which I really like. It’s been nice to get some compliments on my new design!

7. What do you like least?

  • Finding enough time each day to do everything I want to do to keep improving my blog! I am also not really a fan of self-promotion but I find that I need to toot my own horn and work hard to publicize my blog in order to keep people coming back and to get new readers interested in what I’m doing. It’s worth it though because I find that the more new readers and fans I have, the more valuable feedback I get about what people want and need from a pet deals blog like mine!

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?

  • I’m hoping that as my traffic stats and page rank continue to improve, that more sponsors will become interested in working with Daisy and me and that I’ll be able to bring lots more cool prizes and deals to my readers!  I also plan to keep working on setting my blog apart from other deal and coupon blogs and providing a unique perspective and more value to my readers!  Daisy is a Rescue Pup, so I also hope to become more involved in using my blog and Social Media profiles to help support animal causes, shelters and rescue organizations and make a difference.