Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pet Blogger’s Challenge 2012

This is our first time in taking part of this challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me This challenge is to help focus where we want to go in the coming year.

1. When did you begin your blog?

June of 2009

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

To help others understand ferrets and help new or prospective owners understand what having a ferret entailed.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Yes but it is a lot more in depth that I originally had it.

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?

I hadn’t set any kind of goals really with my blog. But I do feel that it has helped some people learn more about ferrets.

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

I try to blog on a schedule but sometimes life gets in the way.
If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it?

I am trying to blog Monday thru Friday. By only having two informational posts, two featured ferret posts, and the wordless Wednesday posts I have found that I am able to keep up with my posting schedule.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

Not at this time.

If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how? I have mixed thoughts on this. While I would like to have an income from my blog I don’t want to fill it up with a bunch of ads either. I want to put the ads where I want on my blog and not where someone else dictates.

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

I like doing the research into some of the more unusual aspects of owning a ferret. One of my favorite posts is about heartworms. While it is a horrible parasite it was interesting to find that ferrets can be affected by them. If that post helps just one pet owner then I am happy.

7. What do you like least?

Trying to do the hmtl on blogger. The program I used to use doesn’t work anymore with my new laptop so have to do all my posts by hand.

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

By gaining more followers and getting the attention of sponsors and other companies looking to get some face time.

I also see Enlightened Ferret being at BlogPaws and Bark World Expo this year.
I would love to do some interviews with people that have dealt with the different aspects of ferrets.

I would also like to see Manny and Marcuz’ facebook page Enlightened Ferret Travels gain in popularity and maybe even attract the notice of a travel related company willing to have ferrets as their spokes pet.

Have a Chittering Good Day,



Pup Fan said...

Great post for the Challenge! :)

Vicki Stringfellow Cook said...

Hi Jo - it's great to see you here. Glad you decided to do the challenge with us!

Leema said...

Congratulations on taking the challenge, and all the best in meeting your goals for 2012. I've seen you around on BlogPaws, and I've just followed you on Twitter. :) I hope to keep in touch over the year. Best wishes.

Amy said...

I'm hopping my way through the Challenge and this is my first ferret blog - welcome! I know very little about ferrets, other than my sister has two that she adores, and I never would have guess they could get heart worms. I'm sure your blog is very helpful for people figuring out how to best care for their new family members. Thanks for joining in the Challenge; it was fun meeting you.

Pamela said...

One of the highlights of BlogPaws 2011 was seeing cats and ferrets at the event. It's great that people enjoy traveling with their animals.

We hang out at a beach near our house where someone brings her ferret. They bring a shade house for him and a leash so he can explore.

Good luck on meeting your goals this year. Maybe we'll meet at BlogPaws this time.

Kim Clune said...

I have loved every ferret I have ever met. What I didn't know so much about is how little they are liked by some in return, whether airlines refusing to allow them in the cabin or the permits required to keep one depending upon where you live. Such an odd resistance to such a lovely little critter.

Thanks for educating me and other about various issues with these sweet babies. I think they're sweet and hysterical!

Colby said...

We're going through the Pet Blogger Challenge too and this is the first ferret blog we ever came across. My cousin had a couple ferrets years back and she thought they were the greatest pets. However, I believe they are not allowed in California anymore.

I'm hoping to attend blogpaws and barkworld this year too so hopefully I'll see you there.

Best of luck in 2012!