So I stumbled upon the post for this year’s Pet Blogger Challenge on the fab pet travel blog GoPetFriendly.com and thought I’d give it a go, just to connect myself with other pet bloggers and to share some things about me and my blog! It’s a little diversion from my usual posts, for a bit of fun, and some reflection. I’ll tell you what though, if we’re talking about travel at all, I wish I could do way more of it.
Blog Challenge Questions – 1. How long have you been blogging?
So I had to look this up because I couldn’t remember, and I should probably clean out my archives (it’s one of my 2016 website goals) but I’ve been chattering away about my photography, cats, my rescue pet photography work here in Seattle, since the start of 2012. It has evolved a lot in that time, as has my photography, which is what I hope everyone who comes to my blog, and looks over my site, will end up enjoying.
2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?
I’m always proud to share my photography with people, but I do know that I was asked to be the Official Photographer for the Seattle Pet Expo, thanks to my blog/site. This was a great privilege for me, and documenting the event was a highlight. I also have been asked to join Getty Images as a contributing photographer, thanks to them finding my work on here, so that looks like something that will happen for me this year. I was also very proud to have my cat images come together to create our rescue’s 2016 Cat Calendar, and then to meet and have Jackson Galaxy go home from his book signing with a copy was icing on the cake.
3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why?
I would have to say my Wings of Rescue 11.20.15 post. I documented planes landing here with dogs and cats bound for rescues and shelters (from CA to WA) hoping for new homes for the holidays. It’s the second time I’ve documented one of these amazing rescue missions and they just blow me away. My first Wings of Rescue 12.5.14 post was probably more emotional for me but smaller in scale, but I want to continue to spread the word about these rescue flights, and show everyone just how many animals are in need…and can be helped.
4. What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?
Not only has being on CreativeLIVE driven traffic to my blog, I believe there has been so much that I’ve learned by being a studio audience member and watching their online courses that has helped me in many ways. When I was lucky enough to appear on an online course that the amazing pet photographer Rachael Hale McKenna taught, as well as one by the photographer Kirsten Lewis, I had a ton of traffic to my blog. These were great learning experiences for me, and they inadvertently put my face out there (it’s still out there forever when you buy the courses!).
5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular?
I believe my Seattle Meowtropolitan cat cafe posts have been the most popular, as
well as the Wings of Rescue posts. The cat cafe was highly awaited here in Seattle, so lots of people wanted to see photos!
6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader?
Just ONE?!! That’s so hard. I read a bunch, but it’s probably got to be Clickin Moms for tutorials and the photography community.
And Boho Berry for planning inspiration!
7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?
As a photographer, I practice my craft, of course, but I read many sites to stay on top of the latest, I read photography magazines, in print and digital, I also love TIME magazine, and following photojournalism blogs and sites. I watch online classes on CreativeLive on photography and business, and there are many great ones on social media too. There’s really not enough time to do it all. I really wish I had more time to read, but the most inspiring book I read last year was Lynsey Adarrio’s memoir ‘It’s What I Do’.
8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?
I’d never think I’m the best one to ask for blogging advice, only pet photography! (Feel free to ask me!) My advice would be what I’d give myself: keep it fresh, post regularly, and make it authentically you.
9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?
I need a better plan than last year but it was a difficult personal year for me (not that this year won’t be!) so things became erratic in the middle, including my posts!
I plan to have art prints of my cat photography for sale this year, and am going to start work on a rescue cat photography book (I keep getting asked!), so these things will all be reflected but my blog will always be home for my rescue work and my pet photography. I hope to get more personal projects done because they keep me creative!
10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?
I just have to move over to a full WordPress site…I just have to have all capabilities of customizing and adjusting everything. I’m also frustrated by a WordPress.com site not acting like a regular site for the average visitor, and therefore it’s difficult for them to interact with it. I’m a little intimidated by the idea of changing it but I think it’s time! My ‘One Little Word’ of the year is Change so it’s 2016 or bust (that goes for a great many things).
Thanks for checking out my blog! Hopefully you will stick around and check out my many pet photography posts.
11 thoughts on “2016 Pet Blogger Challenge | Seattle Cat Photographer ”
Congratulations on being the official photographer at the Seattle Pet Expo. That’s very awesome that you were asked because of your blog. You are an expert in one area I’d like to greatly improve in 2016: Pet Photography! Unfortunately, I’ve never moved a blog from WordPress.com to the stand alone site, but I’m sure whoever you choose for hosting will be able to help you move your files and database. Best of luck reaching your goals in 2016!
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Thank you so much!! I don’t know that I’ve yet been called an expert, so I’ll take it! I’m honored. I’d like to do more dog photography, but since my rescue work has been (and is) so focused on cats, I’ve ended up really honing my pet photography skills in on all my feline friends, both technically, stylistically, and behaviorally. I see all kinds at the rescue (scared, shy, sassy, young and old), and so I get lots of challenges. I’m also fortunate to have both some veterinary experience as well as my photographic and film background. But it’s good old fashioned practice that makes me get better and more polished, but there’s always that element with animals that you can’t control! So yeah, I’m going to do my research before moving my blog so I don’t mess it all up. I’m also terrible at deciding what things should look like…that will probably be my biggest task!
Thank you for coming over to my blog…I appreciate it so much. I hope you hit your goal of improving your pet photography in 2016! It’s a great goal to have; I’ll always be working on it!
I registered for a video course and a photography course at the local community college so hopefully we’ll see some improvement on the blog.
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That was fast!! Awesome! I hope you love it and you learn a lot. I also recommend you checking out live online courses on creativelive.com – they’re great…
Congrats on the photog gig! That is awesome! We will be at Seattle Pet Expo this year. Hope to see you! I look forward to reading more of your blog this year. Nice to meet you!
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Thank you!!! Last year’s expo was so fun, and went by in a whirlwind, and there was so much to take in. I think this year it will be on for two days instead of just one. I’m so glad you came…I hope to see you too!
Thanks for commenting on our Pet Blogger Challenge post! I dropped by to check out your blog, and I LOVE your photography! I have been working hard to improve my photography, and work like yours gives me a yardstick to strive for.
It has been many years since I transferred from WordPress.com to a standalone site, but the process wasn’t that hard. Most good hosts help with transfers to get your business. It’s just understanding that you have some ongoing maintenance with a self-hosted site that you never thought about on wordpress.com because they took care of it for you, so you have to log in and keep up with that.
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Thanks so much for your kind words!! I really do appreciate it. It feels good coming from other people who really do know what it’s like photographing cats! I’ll happily be your ‘yardstick’.
I am really going to strive for some breakout projects this year though, and I love that you have been able to work with Catster (but I already told you that!)…so cool.
It sounds like I will have to do serious research on hosts for WP, as the commitment is so different. I’ll probably start polling people! It’s good to know that good hosts will help with the transfer.
Thanks for checking out my blog…please do come back!
Congratulations on your blog and your photography achievements, Your cat photos are heart stealers
Thank you so much!! That’s exactly what I plan for them to do…to tug at those heart strings…
Your work is so beautiful. I started blogging, because of my love of photography. I haven’t had time to take pictures in a long time and I miss it. I was cleaning out my office and found backdrops. My brother-in-law is a professional photographer so I gave them to him for use.
I stumbled across this post while looking for something else. I’m glad that I did. If we see each other at this year’s Pet Expo, I’ll be sure to say “hi!”