- When did you start your blog and what does your blog provide?
We started blogging in June of 2014, so it's been over two years now which is soo crazy! This blog started out as a catalog of our fun filled doggy adventures which is where we got our name. "D" is for Dante, "Z" is for Ziva - Dante and Ziva's Adventures! I also thought it sounded kind of like a good superhero comic book title. Our blog has since grown to become a resource, we have lots of training tips in our topic section like our Recall Games and for a while we were doing a Trick Training Challenge. Our goal for our readers is to provide entertainment while encouraging our readers to never quit training and working with their dogs, we also want to encourage health and exercise as well as responsible dog ownership.
- What was your proudest blogging moment of 2016?
This one's a hard one! Honestly I think our proudest moment was trying to start a blog hop. It failed, we didn't get anyone to join us in our trick training challenge, but we tried and received a lot of support from our readers and our facebook audience. I think it was a bit too high of a bar for people to learn a new trick a week, but who knows maybe we'll try a blog hop again someday.
- What was your favorite blog post this year?
Dante's first Flyball Tournament of course!! We trained so hard for it, and he did AWESOME!! For his first tournament we only had one clean run, but he did a great job of staying in his lane and paying good attention to me - so he was a winner in my book! We're pretty sad that Southern Oregon doesn't have a flyball team that we can join, and alas I have no flyball box to work with. But we're hoping that once our house is finished we can maybe save up, buy our own flyball box and maybe start our own team (we'll just have to see what the future holds!) but either way flyball was a great experience and we loved it while it lasted!
- How did you increase your blog traffic this year?
To be honest, this was kind of an off year for us in part due to our move. Our blog traffic was way up, and then our move threw everything off. I wasn't posting regular pictures except on instagram, we had large gaps between posts due to no internet for a while. And working on our property has taken quite a bit of time. But hopefully all of that will change this year!
And we've made a lot of new friends thanks to the Christmas Card exchange we took part in!
- Which blog post got the most traffic this year?
Our most popular post for 2016 was our Training Recall Post.
Second Place: Trick Challenge Week 2
Third: Oregon Rain
Fourth: Training Confessions
Fifth: Tether Tug Toy
Sixth: Beadie Baby Ziva
Seventh: Wait For It
Eighth: Oregon's Backroads
Ninth: Disaster Avoided
Tenth: Things That Go Bump In The Night
- What blog do you find most inspirational and how has it influenced your blog?
One of our favorite blogs for a long time has been Walks With Rama. My hubby and I personally met Rama's Mama as I love calling her, a couple years ago back in 2014 that story is HERE if you're interested! Not only do I love Cane Corso's but I love the health journey Shannon has gone on. She's an amazing family woman and loves to hike, she's also very honest with her weight and health struggles. Since I too struggle with weight I love her honest and encouraging posts. I would say Walks With Rama encourages me to be honest in my own blogging. I hope you head over there and check it out!
- What is one thing your readers don't know about you or your pets that might surprise them?
My hubby and I are major foodies and we love making our own cocktails! My dogs on the other hand are MAJOR food snobs, we feed them a rotational diet not only because it's healthier, but also because if they eat the same thing for too long then they will start snubbing their food! A concept I just don't get.
They also will hold out for better treats if they know I have it around so I have to be careful what I show/offer them. It's like poker face with the dogs all the time!
- What is something you've learned that could help other bloggers?
Don't obsess over the numbers. Numbers fluctuate, just write how you want to write and what you want to write. Unless you're trying to make money - which I'm not. I just want to share our journey with whoever is interested.
- What would you like to accomplish in 2017?
Since we're building our house - or will be as soon as we have approval from County to start. I'd like to just accomplish a new home before this new year is over. But easier goals include mapping out our new area and finding great hikes for us as a family with the dogs!
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