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Calling All Pet Bloggers – Mark Your Calendars!

There’s a nip in the air, the holidays are in full swing, and 2013 is hot on our tails … for pet bloggers that means it’s time to prepare for the Pet Blogger Challenge!

For the past two years, Edie Jarolim and I have organized this community event – giving pet bloggers from around the world the chance to get to know each other, find out what motivates us, share tips for making our blogs better, commiserate, inspire, and support each other. It’s an opportunity to celebrate what we’ve accomplished over the last year, recognize how we’ve changed and grown, and lay out our vision for the year ahead.

This year things will necessarily be a little different because Edie has a new blog –  one focused on family and meat rather than pets. Since my partner in crime is exploring new avenues, I’m counting on you to help make this year’s challenge even better! Our first order of business is deciding on the questions we’ll be answering.

What to Ask

Last year, Edie and I came up with a list of eight questions for each of the bloggers to answer as part of the challenge.

This year YOU will be submitting the questions you’d want to ask!

Use the comment box below and tell me what you most want to learn from the members of our community – from time management, motivation, and making connections, to advice for building your audience, or feedback on something new you’re thinking of trying – post it below. I’ll organize, combine, and condense until we’ve arrived at the final survey questions for the 2013 Pet Blogger Challenge.

Spread the Word

Last year 95 bloggers participated in the Challenge – and I’m sure the participation will be even better this year. The more people who take part, the more we’ll learn, and the more fun it will be! So, reach out to your pet blogging buddies and let them know to mark their calendars. If you’re so inclined, it would be great if you’d share the graphic (thanks Kim Clune) or badge code on your blog.

Pet Blogger Challenge

Pet Blogger Challenge Badge Code:

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Jump In

In two weeks I’ll post the survey questions for this year’s Pet Blogger Challenge – so keep your eyes peeled to see if your question makes the cut. Then, one month from today, on January 10th, 2013 we’ll all publish our posts with the answers to those questions. A Linky list will open on January 9th at midnight, so it will be easy for you to find all the participating bloggers. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need a little help, don’t be afraid to ask – building camaraderie is what the Pet Blogger Challenge is all about!

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    Looking forward to it! After 3 years of writing at This One Wild Life and Be the Change for Animals, I feel quite pigeonholed into – and frankly bored by – repetitive animal topics. If folks aren’t dog blogging for money, fundraising, or to get free review goods, what makes them so strictly confine their interests? It’s choking the life out of me and I’m itching to break beyond the walls of this niche. Since my blog is aptly named to discuss any of life’s topics, I’m seriously considering combining posts from The Brain Drain (my literary blog) as well as Culture Trek (my Ghanian volunteer experience) into a single space, categorizing posts into at least three topics: animals, philanthropy, and literature. Maybe then I’d be interested in blogging once more.

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