Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pawsitively Pets 3rd Blogiversary Celebration!

On October 10th, 2012, I wrote my very first blog post on Pawsitively Pets. It's just a short and simple introduction, and each year when I read it again I have to chuckle a bit. I had no idea that my blog would have grown into what it has become now.


Today marks our 3rd Blogiversary, which is a little hard to believe. I've made great friends online, both bloggers and readers. Hopefully, one of these days I'll be able to actually meet a few of you. I've learned a lot about blogging and social media. I've also learned a lot about pets.

This year has been a pretty good year for myself and Pawsitively Pets. Here are a few of my favorite highlights:

  • Pawsitively Pets was one of four blog finalists in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards for "Best Written Blog Post". While I did not win the award, it's a sort of dream-come-true for a Pet Blogger just to be a finalist. 
  • I had my first interview with a printed magazine that is published here in Austin, TX. The magazine is called "Austin Pets Directory", and it was an awesome experience. 
  • My blog numbers have grown, and continue to grow. My monthly pageviews have increased by an average of 20,000 per month this year. I also beat a few pageview records for myself in the past year. 
  • I've been fortunate enough to work with several brands that I love and bring exciting giveaways to my readers. 
  • I continue to work towards perhaps being able to continue to work as a Pet Blogger and completely support myself financially one of these days. 
  • I added a new furry family member to the mix - Callie the Calico. My life had been cat-less for far too long. 

Despite some bumps in the road along the way, I think the blog is doing pretty good. It was a tough start to 2015, losing my mother to breast cancer in December. (It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I do plan to write something this month. I just am not sure yet which approach I'd like to take.)

However, today I'm celebrating my successes and would like to say Thank You to all of you. If you are new to Pawsitively Pets, welcome! I hope you'll stick around for a while.


I wasn't sure how I wanted to celebrate this year, but I went ahead and decided on doing a giveaway. I was going to do one gift card for US only, but decided to split that into 2 cards. My international friends almost never get the chance to enter our giveaways. (Sorry guys - I try! It's usually up to the sponsor.) As a small token of my appreciation, here's what you can win for Pawsitively Pets' 3rd Blogiversary Celebration:

  • US ONLY - $25 Gift Card to PetSmart (Ages 18+, void where prohibited by law.)
  • INTERNATIONAL ONLY - $25 Gift Card to Amazon (Ages 18+, void where prohibited by law.)

To enter, fill out as many entry options as you want to in the Rafflecopter form. They are not all mandatory, but the more entry options you complete the more chances you have at winning. One US and one international winner will be selected randomly. This giveaway ends on October 17th, 2015 at midnight CT. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

60 comments:

  1. Happy 3rd Blogiversary! <3<3<3 You've achieved a lot of things! Inspiring! Love your adorable pets! :) Best wishes for your 4th year! :)

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  2. Happy Blog-oversary!!! I'm so glad I can read so much interesting things... about neutering a snake and the bonsai vampire or a rock band ...and much much more !

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    1. LOL - oh goodness you still remember the snake neutering :)

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  3. Congratulations on your third blogiversary!

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  4. Congratulations on your Blog-oversary! It is strange how quick time passes but it is a great achievement. I am always surprised that I have continued blogging for so long but it really is a testament to how much we enjoy blogging about our pets. It is a fantastic topic to talk about and when you have passion it comes easy!

    Although that is not to say that it is easy. As you mentioned - losing your mother (I'm so sorry I lost my dad to cancer last year) - life throws a lot at us. Great giveaway as well! Wooooooo. Let's celebrate!

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    1. Thanks Amy - it is definitely more difficult than many might think. Sorry to hear about your father.

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  5. Happy 3rd Anniversary on your Blog! Congrats on your newest member of the family! It is so tough where you lose a parent. Lost both of mine to cancer.
    I love your blog. You are very honest in your reviews that is what I like...also like hearing about your family and pets. It is very interesting. You are a fabulous writer! I look forward to reading your blog everyday. I might not always comment but I am reading.

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    1. Thanks Sharon! It breaks my heart to hear how many other people are losing loved ones to cancer. I know not everyone comments... I sometimes don't when I read other blogs too, but commenting seems to be more of a blogger thing usually.

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  6. Ann my sincerest congratulations! I started my blog exactly one month before you and we are so far apart as far as success it sometimes makes me ill thinking about it. But, our blogs are totally different which is what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night. I had a vacation planned just before it so didn't get around to doing a celebration this year so I'll just enjoy yours instead, you deserve it for all the hard work you have done. Sandra

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    1. Sandra - you are sweet. Our blogs are definitely different, and I always enjoy hearing about your adventures. There are things that keep my mind up at night when I'm thinking too. In the end, we just have to focus on what we like doing and keep doing it. You are definitely a successful blogger!

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  7. Congratulations, I love reading your posts about your ratties

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  8. Happy Blogoversary from all of us! Your blog is always wonderful!!!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary! Three years is a real milestone and you've achieved so much. Know there are even more exciting things in the future for you. Congratulations!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary!!! Congratulations on such wonderful successes. We love the variety you offer on your blog. And you have such a wonderfully genuine way of presenting all of the topics you cover. Though we may not comment super often, yours is one of our favorite blogs. : )

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    1. Same here to both of you :) I am trying a new schedule which hopefully will allow me to visit more blogs more often. There are so many fabulous ones and it's hard to visit everyone!

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  11. Oh YAY!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  12. Happy Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know we have been following you from the beginning and are so happy for all of your success!
    Guess what? I will be in Austin next Wed, Thurs (going home Fri)...........
    Good luck to all who enter!
    Love from
    catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. Um, what?! What are you doing here? I am going to have to message you. And thank you!

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  13. Congratulations Ann! Three years is a long time.........so glad you're loving what you're doing - it shows!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  14. Happy Blogoversary and congratulations to all you have accomplished in 3 years.

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  15. Happy Blogoversary!! I have no complaints and just Like your blog a lot!! Your dog is so cute, and your name of your blog is so creative! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  16. Happy Blogoversary from Joey the red tabby & his mom! Your blog is all good!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  17. No complaints here! Love all the different content.

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  18. Congratulations, Pawsitively Pets! Your blog is awesome and I'm so glad to hear you're continuing to grow and expand. I look forward to reading your posts and wish you many, many more happy blogging years to come!

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  19. Congratulations, Ann!!! You were one of the first bloggers I ever started following, and you remain a huge inspiration to me to this day. :-) You are extremely talented, kind and generous - you deserve all the success in the world. Here's to many more Blogiversaries to come! :-)

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  20. Happy 3rd Blogoversary, Ann! You have come a long way! I love Callie, she's an excellent addition to your menagerie!!! xx

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    1. I just wanted to add, thank you for including us foreigners in the draw :)

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  21. Happy Blogoversary! We hear you on 2015 being icky WRT losing your mom. It's been hard on us in the same way. So glad you've had so many happy moments/memories to balance that out!!

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  22. Here's wishing you continued successes! Congratulations, and happy anniversary!

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  23. Huge congratulations on 3 years!! I think you are doing very wonderfully in a pretty short amount of time. You should definitely be proud. Happy Blogiversary!!

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  24. Happy Blog-oversary! You are an inspiration to us and we hope when we celebrate our third year we are as successful as you are!

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  25. Happy Blogoversary! We enjoy your blog and seriously...we wouldn't want you to change a thing. :)

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  26. Congratulations and wishing you continued success. I love your honest approach to your blog. Don't change a thing!

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  27. I love that it is all about pets..been enjoying you for a few years

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  28. Happy blog bday....and many more. i cant say there is anything i dont like..would not change anything...contests are simple, the articles are great. keep up the great work.

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  29. Happy Blogversary and many more :-) Did you know we have the same blogversary date :-) Golden Woofs

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    1. I did know! I remember you saying it last year - Happy Blogiversary to you too!

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  30. Happy Blogoversary and congrats on all of your great accomplishments!! I'd personally love to see more of Callie and kitty information here, but I'm biased as I have kitties. :)

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  31. Congratulations, Ann, and Happy Blogiversary! Such wonderful achievements and milestones to enjoy and here's to many more!

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  32. Happy 3rd Blogiversary!! I love reading about your pets and the photos you post. There isn't anything I don't like about the blog. I wish you all the best.

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  33. Happy 3rd Blogoversary ! Concatulations on your wonderful success ! Your blog is one of our favorite ! Purrs

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  34. Concatulations on 3 years!!!!

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  35. Concats on your Blogoversary! I like the photos and giveaways and reading about Callie and the rats.

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  36. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!

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  37. Congrats and happy blogoversary, Ann! Wishing you many more years of success and great experiences. So sorry about your mom. Jody

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  38. Happy blogoversary! Your blog is one of my inspirations! You've come a long way! Wishing you even more success!

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  39. Happy Blogoversary! We are so glad you started blogging three years ago, and so thankful that you are our friends. Congrats on the milestone, and wishes for many, many more yet to come. :)

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  40. I love your layouts and all of the pictures you include! Happy Blogoversary!!

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  41. Congratulations on three great years!

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  42. Congrats! Happy Blogversary!! I love reading your blog. I love everything about dog blogs b/c I love dogs! I love the giveaways too! Keep up the fantastic work!

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  43. Congratulations on your Blogversary! You've done such amazing writing and sharing here!

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  44. Congrats on your blogversary! It must be so fun to get to try out so many different products for free, take photos of your pets, and share them with the world! I like reading your opinion on the products, because it's so much better when you hear about it from a friend's point of view to help you make a des icon on wether or not to get the product, and your posts are so fun, it makes it seem like we are friends.

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  45. Happy Blogversary! I love your stories about your crew.

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  46. On any blog, my favorite posts are usually reviews (and giveaways, of course!). I like that your blog reviews products honestly, and I often discover new products here.

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  47. I like all the interesting topics you cover.

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  48. Happy Blogiversary! :) And congrats to how far you have come!!

    Jenny & Storm
    www.paws2smile.wordpress.com

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  49. Congratulations. You are truly growing! I wish you another successful year breaking even more records.

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