It’s been a very exciting year for the Lady I rescued and me in 2017. We experienced some great opportunities, first, attending our second Global Pet Expo and our third BlogPaws social media conference, and as a member of the Bayer Pet Influencer team. There were also several challenges for us including Taffy’s bronchitis and my pancreatitis. Although these challenges allowed us to provide you with valuable information on dealing with similar issues, what were the top 10 blog posts according to our followers? Note, we did have posts from previous years appearing in the top 10 but chose to only include posts published in 2017.
Dolly’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017
1. Tree House Humane Society: Is a No-Kill Animal Shelter Really No Kill? Published June 11th
Unfortunately, Tree House Humane Society made our Top 10 four times. Despite moving to their new building there were numerous events during the year leaving us concerned for the shelter’s future.
2. Can a Cat Café Save Tree House Humane Society? Published February 13th
3. Plans for Chicago Cat Café and Protests at Tree House Humane Society. Published July 21st
4. Learning your Dog has Chronic Bronchitis — Part I. Published March 7th.
It’s been almost exactly one year since we first took Taffy to the vet for her cough. Relieved it wasn’t the dog flu, it took months, and many dollars, to finally get Taffy healthy to the point where she doesn’t need her inhaler every day. Posts on our experience about Taffy’s illness were very popular and we hope that many pet parents found them worthwhile.
5. Dog Flu Facts: Why Pet Parents Should be Concerned. Published February 17th
Prevalent in Chicago a year ago, the dog flu is still not completely irradiated here, and is still found in places that never had cases before. For dogs that are boarded or visit dog parks the vaccine is still highly recommended.
6. Coolest Pet Industry Trends from Global Pet Expo 2017. Published April 6th
Sharing what we learned at the world’s largest pet trade show is very popular! Where else are you going to learn about the latest in pet products? Right now we are tentatively scheduled to attend again in 2018.
7. It’s a Paws & Santa Claws Holiday Giveaway! Published November 24th.
Our annual holiday giveaway that we join with other bloggers is always a big hit. Not only do we have the best prizes but you can enter as many times as you want!
8. Gift Ideas for Pets — it’s Dolly’s Howliday Guide & Giveaway! Published November 27th
Our own giveaway is very popular too! This is where you have the chance to win some of the great products we showed you from Global Pet Expo.
9. Dolly Tests Kurgo’s New Crash-Tested Impact Dog Harness. Published April 4th
We feel having the opportunity to test and review a product that as important to a pet parent as safety for their pet while traveling, means a lot to us. We hope our readers found reviews like this very worthwhile too.
10. Chicago’s “First” Cat Café Fails City Inspection. Published August 3rd
We’re hoping for a better 2018 for Tree House than 2017. The shelter is now fully staffed with adoptable and special needs cats, and according to sources are pulling cats from Chicago Animal Care and Control to put up for adoption.
Now that you see what we’ve accomplished in 2017 it’s time to look forward to 2018. Here’s our priorities and goals for 2018.
Dolly’s Goals for 2018
1. Blogging Frequency: Publishing new blog posts regularly is a real challenge for us. But, it’s the number one priority now to post at least three times a week. Time to turn all those drafts into published posts!
2. Amazon Store: Having just recently signed up as an Amazon Affiliate, we can now have our own store on Amazon. We hope to launch our store as early as this week so stay tuned!
3. SEO: Search engine optimization is necessary to get the most views possible to your blog. We spent a lot of time, and money for a consultant, to work on this area late last year. Building our reach is a top priority of ours.
4. Trademarks: Acquiring trademarks for our name and images is one of our goals every year. But, it’s cost prohibitive and there’s always something more important to spend money on.
5. #DiscoverPortatePark: We really dropped the ball on our project to walk every block of our northwest neighborhood in Chicago. We went from excitement one moment when we realized we had half the neighborhood done, to having two bad outings in a row. Construction and traffic, combined with an area we couldn’t find anything of interest, did us in. But, now we have the Lady’s iWatch and can use technology to map our walks, once she figures out where we’ve been!
6. The Future: The future of our blog is hanging in the balance of a major decision for the Lady and dog daddy Brad. They are hoping to retire in the Spring and sell our home. This life-changing event could put our entire blog in jeopardy so wish us luck that it can continue to flourish through a challenging time.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on our blog, what you enjoy the most and any topics you’d like to see us cover.
Happy new year everyone!