Monday, January 11, 2016

Who’s Challenging Me?

Who’s Challenging Me?

I’m taking part in this year’s Pet Blogger Challenge. I’m not sure how inneresting those readers who don’t blog will find this but I’ll try to add a bit of humor to my answers. The questions were kinda personal. I hope y’all will find my answers inneresting and just perhaps you’ll learn something about me you didn’t know.

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.

I started blogging in September 2009 after building a following on Twitter. The blog’s subject is Cathy Keisha aka Stunning Keisha. I’m a little ghetto kitten who blogs about my stunning life living in a condo with Pop, TW (The Woman) and HHGutt, a stuffie who doubles as my double. This is a cat blog that aims to be both educational and entertaining although I’ll be the first to admit I’m more of an entertainer than an educator.

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 was able to have more giveaways so I don’t feel as guilty when I enter someone else’s giveaway. I’ve been doing more product reviews and sponsored posts too. I think what I’m most proud of is learning more about Photoshop, which has helped make my images more creative and more stunning, if that’s even possible.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

Heh, all of them! I do tend to like the funnier ones. I kinda like a touching two-part post I did about Uncle George, a tough firefighter who took in a litter of kittens and their Mom, that was living in our yard.

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4. What is one thing you’ve done in the
past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?

Again, it’s the giveaways and sponsored posts. I’ve also increased traffic to my Facebook page. I’ve tripled my “Likes” and reach. I’m thankful for everyone who stops by and reads this blog. I’ve also paid closer attention to my lead images. They’re the first thing people see when they click on my blog or they see my pins and FB shares.

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)

Google Analytics says  Cat Claws Has a Surprise Giveaway For You received the most traffic. Blogger disagrees and says it’s Stop the Presses! Natural Balance Debuts at PetSmart #PetSmartStory. Most of my top posts are giveaways or sponsored posts. As far as why they're popular, it’s probably cos they’re shared by the sponsors. Sharing is caring! I’d hate to think it’s cos my other posts are boring.

6. What is one blog that you read religiously—other than you own—and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

Please! Are you trying to get this little ghetto kitteh in trouble with the Pet Blogosphere? Pick one and there would be cat fights with all the other great blogs out there.

7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

I listen when other, more established bloggers speak and try to pick their brains when I understand what the hello kitty they’re talking about. We download a ton of free stuff from design sites like Creative Market and watch Photoshop tutorials when we’re not sure how to get the visual effect we want.

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?

1. Join a community that will support you. They will be your first followers and the ones who stick with you. 2. Build your blog at your own pace. Don’t try to get a bunch of sponsors until you first get a following. 3. Find your own voice and don’t stray from it. 4. Pay attention to your post titles and the top image on your post. Many bloggers ignore their post titles but they’re like cover lines in a magazine. Are they eye catching? Do you think you’d make others want to pick your blog to read when you join a blog hop? I doubt anyone would read this post if the title was “Pet Blogger Challenge.”

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9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

Of course, I’d like to become one of the “elite” cat bloggers with more giveaways and sponsored posts. I wouldn’t mind winning a Nose to Nose Award in 2016. Above all, I just want to keep it real and keep making my readers laugh. I am an entertainer. TW’s favorite music was always bands that no one else knew about. I’d rather have mass appeal than be somebody’s little secret.

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?

Well, since you axed, how does one go about getting a post to go viral?

I hope my answers held your innerest. Now I have some questions for everybuddy, especially my non-blogging readers: in 2016, what would you like to see more of on this blog? Are you satisfied with the direction we’re heading? As former New York City Mayor Koch would say: how am I doing?


Spitty-the-Kitty said...

How are you doing? Well.. you're the BEST, CK, the BEST! This Emperor Kitteh loves you SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!! You've even been very forgiving of the Human's lack of help in the visiting department lately. I love YOU and YOUR BLOG and even TW and POP too. XOXOXO

Summer at said...

How fun that you participated in the Challenge too! I'm like you - my giveaways get tons of traffic. Readers come out from everywhere for the chance to win something! Like you, I'd love it if my other posts were as popular!

Mr Puddy said...

Miss CK. Sound like 2016 is going to be a big year for you !
Good luck for TW..tee..heh

The Daily Pip said...

I don't know how to make a post go viral, but if you figure it out, let me know. I have the same issue with Google Analytics and Blogger Stats. My blogger stats are like 10 times higher than Google Analytics. I googled this and it said that blogger stats include spam or crawlers so they are always higher. It just seems crazy that they would be so much higher. I sometimes wonder if I don't have google analytics installed properly.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy (late) New Year!

Brian said...

Those were terrific answers and we think you are one of the tippy top elite bloggers CK!

Tamago said...

Those are great answers for the challenge! Thank you for the advice for other bloggers. You are so clever!

The Island Cats said...

We think you're doing great!

Fur Everywhere said...

Your posts are never boring, CK! We love your personality and look forward to seeing where your blog goes in 2016.

Dash Kitten Crew said...

We like your cattitude CK, you have wit and humour and we enjoy your reviews too. It is not always easy to add a personal spin to sponsors posts but you always keep us infored with your inimitable style. It's always fun to get another kitty's view on life, events and the strabge that happen in our lives!

We already did a review so are not ure the Challenge would add too much to what we said there * sigh *

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

actually of ALL of these I have read (and to be honest, there are too many lol, I am not participating since I have two blogs) yours was the best........I wish others would take the advice you offered right here " Pick one and there would be cat fights with all the other great blogs out there." LOVE IT and it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TRUE!! Keep on "keepin' it real!" catchatwithcarenandcody

Anonymous said...

Gweat posty CK. And we wulda read it ifin you had titled it Pet Blogger Challenge cuz we wanna find out more 'bout all our furiends and find this is a good way to do it. Hope you have a gweat day. Luv yous fotos by da way.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi


CK we think you're doing great and we can see the new sparkle that PS has added to your photos. Concats to TW for learning about it, our Mom is still looking at the cover of the book she bought on "how to use PS".

Pawesome Cats said...

Great answers - we loved getting to know you better. We loved your response to number 6 - let's avoid the cat fights!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

How are you doing? You are doing great! I always come to see what you have to say, and of course to see your stunning face.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK....ewe noe... ewe R all wayz stunning & gorgeouz ta uz....frank lee we wood like ta see mor frum yur restaurant & de CK Merlot line.....knot that we dont haz enuff ta eat and ore drink...just sayin.....grate answers ta de challenge questshunz ....we N joyed reedin thiz { N pleez dont ask that yur post getz a viruzz....cod onlee noes how long it wood take ta get rid oh one haz a cure yet for de common cold....ya noe } ♥♥♥

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

You are real in everything you do CK. And TW as upped your images tremendously and her hard work shows. Thank goodness we are BFGFs, purrrs

Cats Herd You said...

That's some great advice, CK, especially about joining a community that will support you. It's hard to imagine how bloggers "go it alone" without having others to turn to when you need support or advice.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

We think you are doing absolutely pawsome!!! Your amazing graphics especially have been such an inspiration to us. You are one creative kitty!

Shoko Neilson said...

We love your blog and you are our cat go to.... feline. We use your posts as an example of how to do it right.....that's after we've done it wrong!
Your posts are well done but I really love the ones where CK talks to us. She is great.

Kali and Shoko

The Florida Furkids said...

Super answers! You gave some great tips for beginners too!

The Florida Furkids

Colby & Raven said...

Great blogging advice. My titles can be very blah :( but I've found that getting too tricky can sometimes confuse readers. I think we have to try and strike a balance between creative and straightforward. I've had a few posts go viral and they have always been the cute pic or funny posts. Best of luck to you in 2016!

Kitties Blue said...

We give you and your blog an A+, C.K. We did the challenge as well with the boring title you mentioned. Sometimes Mom just goes blank when it comes to the blog title. We've got to do better with that. Keep up the good work in 2016. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hello Sweet CK, You are my sweet darling, you know, for all that you claim to be a tough girl from the 'hood. Okay, you can be BOTH. XOXOXOXO

Unknown said...

I have really enjoyed reading everyone's pet blogger challenges!
As far as a viral post, if you figure out the answer, lemme know!! haha!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

meowmeowmans said...

Awesome answers, CK! You know we love your blog, and we really enjoyed learning more about you. Hugs to you, TW and Pop!

pilch92 said...

I consider you one of the "elite" CK. If you do find out how to go viral, please let us know. Thank you for stopping by and paying your respects on the passing of Stinky. XO

CATachresis said...

I have to admit, CK, that you entertain me no end!! And I'm not easily entertained!! You keep doing what you are doing cos we love you!!! xxx