Today Sadie and I are celebrating our 3rd Blogiversary!
The blog has continued to grow over the last three years slowly, but surely. While my statistics aren’t quite where I’d like them to be yet, I keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race. Most importantly, I keep growing and learning, meeting new people and discovering new facets of the blogging and pet industries. And Sadie and I continue to use blogging as our motivation to go on new adventures and tackle new challenges together. Sadie’s Instagram has definitely grown quite a bit over the last year as I spent some time getting to know that platform. And with Instagram came a focus on growing my photography skills. It’s been both fun and frustrating to explore more advanced photography equipment and techniques. It still takes a bit of luck, having the camera ready at the right place, at the right time, and in the right light, but I’m getting better at achieving the picture in my head. Sadie’s also happy because with my newest camera I seem to get the photos I need faster and she gets to her favorite part of the photo shoot that much sooner – the praise for a job well done.
The statistics of the YourDesignerDog Blog, year three:
758 blog posts published
3,769 comments from all of our loving fans
42,149 fake comments from those sneaky spam bots
2,692 adorable Sadie photos shared
13,161 friends / followers / subscribers across social media
Yesterday in my house we had another reason to party besides the Super Bowl. Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary of my very first blog post! I can’t believe I’ve been sharing Sadie’s photos and adventures for two years now! Sadie and I have done a lot of learning and growing these past two years and this blog keeps getting bigger and better. During my first year of blogging I was totally focused on learning the mechanics behind having a blog, designing the look and feel of the blog, setting up social media accounts, and all the little details I didn’t know before becoming a blogger. By the time this second year of my blog began I was a lot more comfortable with the how to of blogging and got to focus more on content. I was able to partner with some great companies and review some awesome products. I got paid for a blog post for the first time. I went to my first blogging conference, BlogPaws, and was able to meet and learn from a lot of other amazing bloggers. And most importantly, this blog has given me a reason to seek out adventures for Sadie and I to have together. So on my second Blogiversary I want to say thank you to all of you readers out there who support and encourage all the good times and hard work that goes into every photo I take and blog post I write.
The statistics of the YourDesignerDog Blog, year two:
I can’t believe that exactly one year ago today I started the YourDesignerDog Blog! It feels like just yesterday my little puppy Sadie and I had lots of cute photos but nowhere to share them all. Then I discovered the world of pet blogging. I never imagined a year ago what an amazing, rewarding journey this would become. Sadie and I have met (both in person and virtually) many wonderful, kind-hearted people. I’ve learned more in this past year than I ever expected, about blogging, web design, social media, advertising, photography, dogs, animals in general; the list could go on and on. Sadie and I have had many exciting adventures I never would have undertaken before starting this blog. So today, on my first blogiversary, I’d like to share some of YourDesignerDog’s vital statistics of the past year. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for a little giveaway to thank all you loyal readers for your support!
I’ve published 327 posts.
You’ve left me over 1,900 wonderful comments.
All those spam bots out there have tried to leave over 43,000 spam comments.
I’ve shared 828 adorable photos of Sadie.
I’ve been blessed with over 5,500 subscribers/followers on all the social media networks combined.
I’ve helped to give out over $2,500 in cash and prizes to loyal readers.
And now for the giveaway! Starting today until midnight 2/14/15, you will have the chance to win one of four Jolly Awesome Pet Tag gift cards. Each gift card contains the value of one set of tags. Click this link to check out my review of their photo pet tags. Then enter my giveaway in the box below. Four winners will be randomly selected from qualified entries.