Taking the Pet Blogger Challenge 2011

January 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm 8 comments

Pet Blogger Challenge

I hope all the participants had fun with their answers and that we all learn a bit in the sharing. And so, without further ado …

1. When did you begin your blog?

My first blog was back in September of 2009. A new challenge for myself to learn about blogs and social networking. I had no idea what or how to contact with people to share my hopes, dreams and the mission statement. 

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

The mission statement for Darby’s Story Blog, is to reach out to literacy, animal rescue groups and programs. I wanted to pay forward the years of love and devotion Darby shared with his forever home. I wanted to spread the word about Darby’s Story and the benefits of adopting  a shelter animal and encourage would be adopter to take a look first at the rescue organizations.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

The current purpose of Darby’s Story blog is still the same. To provide a book detailing the adoption process and the enjoyment of picking the right animal for your family needs. To offer any non-profit animal rescue organization and program the profits of each sale of Darby’s Story

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?

Not yet, reaching out to individuals and organizations present a challenge, to provide the person a copy of the book and consider placing Darby’s Story on the web bookstore or provide Darby’s Story as a thank you gift for a generous donation. Linking with other caring compassion like-minded animal lovers, I will keep blogging and networking to spread the word.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

I work during the week and WordPress allows me to schedule blogs. My efforts and focus is to provide and inspire the followers to participate. Most recently I have blogged to help fundraisers for SOS Labrador Rescue in Georgia, The free spay and neuter program in Lake County, Ca. and The Big Read, a program encouraging parents to read to their children.

If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?

Darby’s Story Blog is about supporting others, a pay forward if you will in memory of Darby.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

Personally No, My intent to know the animal organizations and programs are meeting their monthly, quarterly goals to rescue animals and place them in foster programs and find their forever homes.

If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?

Maybe in the future, and again the funds would be given to a rescue program.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

Finding an animal organization seeking more public awareness for their fundraising goals, reading about animals that have been transported across this country to their forever homes. The emails and encouragement to keep networking, the referrals from family and friends.

7. What do you like least?

Not sure if the reader is passing up a opportunity to help their local animal rescue program. The reader may be timid to ask me, what and how this can work for them. A simple solution email

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

Adding more animal rescue programs, blogging more for their causes.

So, there you have it. Don’t forget that there is still time to enter to win the SturdiProducts Car-Go giveaway – and be sure to follow the links below to read more blogger’s posts for the Pet Blogger Challenge!

 Darby’s Story Blog the 67 entries so far… you’re next! Go to http://www.gopetfriendlyblog.com/2011/01/pet-blogger-challenge/   was a painless and enjoyable task. Thank you for the chance to share Darby’s Story.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pup Fan  |  January 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Stopping by on the hop… really enjoyed reading your answers.

    • 2. marthasteward64  |  January 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Pup Fan Thank you visiting Darby’s Story Blog. Please share the mission statement, let your contacts know about the book. Keep me posted on what repost you need. Best to you this day. Martha

  • 3. Amy@GoPetFriendly  |  January 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks so much for participating in the challenge! I think you might enjoy also participating in BtC4Animals.com’s Blog the Change event. It’s an opportunity to spread the word about animal causes that are close to your heart – seems like it would be right up your ally! http://bit.ly/ekK9YV

    • 4. marthasteward64  |  January 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Amy@GoPetFriendly, I would be happy to be included on btC4Animals.com Blog. Let stay in touch and share Darby’s Story mission together for each book sold saves an animals life. Martha

  • 5. Vicky  |  January 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hey! I have an adopted dog named Darby! How very fortuitous to have met you!

    • 6. marthasteward64  |  January 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Good Morning Vicky, does your Darby have big soft brown eyes? I wonder if followers of the blog can post their pet pictures? What a great website name, pawprintcitytimes.com After this morning meeting with the publishers regarding the second book, I will take alook at your site. Thank you Best to you and Darby this day.

  • 7. melanie merle root  |  January 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Just getting started on my Dog Rescue blog (St. Rocco’s Tails) and I am truly inspired by your work. I just stumbled across the Darby page and look forward to exploring it thoroughly, as well as reading your book. For now, I have three tiny pups to feed.
    Again, Thank You for all your hard work, Melanie

    • 8. marthasteward64  |  January 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Good Morning Melanie,
      I look forward to working together, I do my best to provide information and ‘RT’. Is your Blog ready, we can connect our blogs if you wish.
      Have a great day, Martha


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