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Easter Fun for Kitties and new beginnings
Easter is full of fun stuff for kitties and their humans. We have Easter egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, Easter baskets full of goodies, family get-togethers, and for many the one time they may get all gussied up to go church once a year.
The Paws family is celebrating with some very cool Easter baskets and some fun plastic eggs, which the kitties are batting around to keep them amused. Today, we share some photos in the Kitty’s Blue’s, Cat on My Head Sunday Selfie Blog Hop. There are some awesome pet bloggers participating in this blog hop, and we invite you to go hop around.
Easter marks the beginning of Spring
Easter also marks the beginning of Spring, with crocuses popping up, the grass turning green, and warmer temperatures.
For many, including the kitties, it means, it won’t be long until we can open up the windows, let in fresh air, and let the kitties romp around the yard for a few hours of supervised fun while their human does her gardening and yard-work.
Work smarter – not harder. Paws for Reflection is adopting this advice in 2016.
That’s why we’ve spent a whole lot of time tying 3 years of work together, versus spending a whole lot of time creating new content.
Google Analytics is a must
In January, Paws spent over a week getting Google Analytics to work. It was pretty easy once we figured out getting a WordPress plugin for adding a header and footer was all we had to do. Personally, we prefer WordPress’ Jetpack to Google Analytics, but Google does have some advantages. It’s quite interesting to compare the results.
We figured out what our top posts are, and if you look at our sidebar, we’ve now included those posts. While the top 3 stay pretty much the same, the next 2 change almost daily. Who knew?
Linking related blog posts together
Linking posts that are related has been another huge task, and we will be continuing to work on that. We’ll also be working on maximizing the posts that are bringing in the most traffic.
This isn’t exciting stuff. It’s not learning more about cats, their health, and what makes them tick. But it’s absolutely vital. It’s vital to sticking to the adage: Work Smarter, Not Harder.
Today is Cyber Monday, and mom just took advantage of a fantastic special – one that will hopefully get Paws for Reflection running at a much higher pace. She registered for the 2013 BlogPaws Conference in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, something that promises to bring lots of sizzling info about blogging, pets, and more.
She’s hoping to find out lots more about BlogPaws’ recent affiliation with the Pet360 Media Network which combines digital shopping, content, community and professional advice with BlogPaws’ social media conferences, pet blogger community, pet blogger network, and marketing opportunities geared towards pet parents and pet bloggers.
Who is Pet360? According to the Pet360 website, they are dedicated to offering resources that make people become better pet parents. Founded in 1997, Pet360 has worked to bring people one click resources, a place where visitors can find information, trusted products and solid information. It’s also a place where pet parents can engage and connect, learn about brand safety alerts, find out about the latest trends and products, as well as order food and medications.
With this newest affiliation, the 2013 BlogPaws Conference will bring more possibilities than ever. And Paws wants to make sure to get out their and connect with these new, exciting opportunities.
As for Paws, mom’s pet blogging brings lots of perks, ones that beat one more catnip toy, or feathered wand. Everything she learns goes to the benefit of her feline family. If she blogs about cat scratching posts – we benefit by getting a new post to review. She writes about our reactions to it, in addition to posting photographs of us using it.
If she blogs about a new book, she underlines pertinent information as it relates to our health and behavior, and then, incorporates it into our lifestyle.
If she blogs about a conference she’s attended, she brings back lots of information and goodies for us. (To tell you the truth, it’s better than Christmas to be greeted with a suitcase full of treats, toys and goodies).
While mum didn’t go beating down the doors for Black Friday price busters, she beat the crowd – going online a week early, looking to replace her laptop that recently slipped through her hands onto the floor at airport security. The result: a broken screen, a 17 inch one at that. Getting it fixed is a bit pricey, so she decided to go look for something new. After checking for Black Friday laptop specials, she decided to go to the computer superstore to see what it really looked like. She thought: Windows 8, more powerful processors, oodles of RAM, and other bells and whistles can leave your head spinning. What do you really need? What do you really want? She took the super trek to the store the weekend before Black Friday. The store didn’t have the exact model – but she discovered she would not have been happy with the advertised special. Price, though important, wasn’t everything. She wanted performance. She wanted speed, so she could spend more time writing, and less time moving pictures around. She decided to go with a super duper Toshiba with a 1.7-64 Quad processor. It’s also sturdy, so that if me or my fellow feline friends decide to walk over the keyboard a few too many times, it should stand paws-up to us.
Now mum is learning to use this new toy, and she’s a little persnickety about letting us hang out on it, at least for a week or so. Now that she’s gearing up for the 2013 Blog Paws Conference this spring, she’ll be checking out all it’s bells and whistles to make her blogging life a little easier.
And as for Black Friday, mom did go shopping – and bought two used winter ski jackets – something that’s a necessity for rural New England’s winters. As for us felines, she stocked up on lots of extra food in preparation for those upcoming winter snowstorms.
Did you go shopping for your or your pet friends on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? If so, share your experiences.
Blog Hops are a way for fellow bloggers to meet people who blog about similar issues and build connections in the blogging world. It’s a link up through a widget, called a linky, that allows bloggers to add their blog to a list, which can be shared on each participant’s blog.
The beauty of them is it allows bloggers to visit other blogs (a good idea because we all get ideas from one another). It also makes it easy for others to visit your blog, leave comments, and perhaps like you enough to follow you.
This past Tuesday, Paws for Reflection, participated in BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop, starting out by going through the very well-done tutorial on how to participate.
There was a Twitter event on Tuesday allowing people to ask questions. I must admit, I see value in Twitter Pawties, but I find the back and forth, difficult to follow, at times. It’s like being at a party and having everyone’s conversation in front of you – sometimes relating to the subject at hand, sometimes not. But that’s the subject for another blog post.
Blog Hops do have value, and they really aren’t that hard (unless your site becomes challenged and the code doesn’t want to work, and my apologies to those on this week’s Wordless Wednesday, because it’s still not working. And I think that’s probably either a wordpress.org issue or a theme issue (but more on that later)
But here’s the trick.
Find a blog hop you’re interested in. Then follow the rules the host has left. Many times, the host will ask that you place the blog hop button on your site or in a post. Then, follow the directions on how to add your blog to the list. The idea is for you to visit other blogs, hopping to them, leave comments, and if you like them enough, leave a comment.
Leaving a comment allows the blogger to know that you are now following them. However, there are a few rules of etiquette:
- Don’t spam bloggers
- Don’t ask bloggers to visit your site and follow you
- Comment on the post or their blog in general and then let them know you are stopping by from the blog hop.
Blog hops typically last one day although some may last an entire weekend and specialty blog hops may last a week or more.
Visiting blogs through blog hops takes time so you may not get to everyone on the list, the great things is most blog hops are weekly events so you can stop back b next week.
A great place to find pet related blog hops is by visiting BlogPaws. They are keeping all of us pet people abreast of the latest in how to make social media work for us.
If anyone has any tips on how to get the links code to work within my Wordless Wednesday post, please share. I’ve found it works in the sidebar widgets, but not in the post? Being in the sidebar doesn’t seem to make sense to me.
And if you’ve had experience with Blog Hops, the pros and the cons, please share? Everyone wants to know the latest in social media, and Paws for Reflections are waiting with meowing curiosity.