BlogHop Award

BlogHop Award for participating

If you asked me what a BlogHop was this time last year I would have drawn a blank. A year on I’m feeling like a seasoned Blogger (I’ve officially made it over the 5000 hits/month mark) and I’d love to share with you why a BlogHop is worth hopping onboard…..

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1st Blog – Born to Ride

A BlogHop is a fantastic way to connect with other bloggers in your particular niche. In the first few months of launching my PawsandPedals site I struggled with my Blog. Not with the writing as this has always come naturally – It was the amount of people that were actually reading my blog that disheartened me.

Time, effort, love and sometimes tears (that’s what technology will do to you) had gone into creating my blog posts and sometimes I was lucky to have 1 or 2 likes. Sure I had little in the way of Social Media numbers (Facebook 45 likes, Twitter 23 Followers, Instagram 99 Followers) so getting the ‘word’ out there that my blog actually existed was very slow.

My first REAL breakthrough came when I joined a BlogHop – cue SlimDoggy and their fantastic FitDog Friday BlogHop. Finally I had discovered a group of like-minded individuals that were keen to keep their dog/s (and often themselves in the process) healthy and active.

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1st FitDog Friday BlogHop Post – Staying Active with your Dog

Joining my first FitDog Friday BlogHop had several effects on my Blog post that day. The number of LIKES on my page increased massively and I actually had people commenting on my post – prior to this only 1 or 2 of my personal friends had written some encouraging words. I seriously felt like I had finally made it in the world of Blogging.

So Here are my Top 5 reasons to Hop onboard a BlogHop:

1. Allows you to network and connect to a group of bloggers that are interested in a similar niche.

2. Gain comments, feedback and Social Sharing from fellow Bloggers.

3. Be discovered by others via your ‘link’ on someone else’s web page.

4. Create all important backlinks on your own Blog page (helps with your search engine ranking)

5. Assists Bloggers with creating a ‘regular’ blogging schedule and a ‘topic’ to write (or post photos) about.

 

Which leads me to my next Top 5 list – My Favourite Pet BlogHops

1. FitDog Friday (SlimDoggy)

2. Wordless Wednesday (BlogPaws)

3. Tuesday’s Tails – Opt to Adopt (Dogs n Pawz)

4. Black & White Sunday (Sugar the Golden Retriever)

5. Walk your Dog (Boingy Dog & FitDog101 – 1st Monday of each month)

Finally, I’d like to say Happy Birthday to the FitDog Friday BlogHop who celebrate their 1st anniversary today. My first BlogHop which helped give me direction, motivation and a cause to keep on bloggin’………

Are you a regular at BlogHops? Do you have any favourites you’d like to add to the BlogHop list?

This post is also part of the Fit Dog Friday Blog hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!

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