1. When did you begin your blog?
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
We started Ruff Toy Reviews because our two dogs, Moxie and Cassie are ROUGH on their toys and destroyed most of their toys within hours. Thus began a quest to find FUN toys that are DURABLE and can handle rough play, tugging and chewing. Our blog is the result of our own dog toy tests, and we hope others will share their findings with us too. By day, I’m a web developer and I create blogs all the time for other people. Ruff Toys is my “pet” project though, and I love it because it allows me to play with blogs at the same time I’m playing with my dogs! Type a little, throw a toy, type a little, tug a toy… well, you get the idea.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
Yes, there are so many toys out there, and so little time (and money to buy them!)
If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?
Yes, we are still on target, but it’s only been 4 months, so that’s not much to brag about… ask me again next year!
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
We try to post at least one dog toy review a week, and pass along other relevant blog articles every day on Facebook and Twitter (@rufftoys).
If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it?
Once a week on the blog posts, I have a tickler reminder in my calendar, I can’t cross it off till I write the review.
If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
No, but a company sent us two dog toys to review, so that was fun!
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?
This part is currently under development. We are working on sponsor ads and affiliate relationships.
If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
We love our dogs and are an active dog family. We sail with our dogs and take them on vacation with us and to the beach. I really enjoy writing and blogging is a great way to share information and network with other dog owners who share the same interests and passions.
7. What do you like least?
Sometimes, blogging can feel like singing into the wind… you know you have a song inside, but it’s so much better if somebody is there to hear it and join in singing.
8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?
Networking connections with other blogs, increased followers and hopefully some income will follow. Oh, Moxie wants me to add… “send more toys!”