Blogging Secrets of Life With Dogs with Founder Neil Brogan

by Mary Haight on August 2, 2013

blogging secretsBlogging secrets – what is this, a tell-all interview? Yes, Neil Brogan agreed to stop by and expose the blog secrets to his stratospheric success at LifeWithDogs.tv, a blog that gets more than 1,000,000 visitors a month. I think some of the answers will surprise, if not shock you. But I’m leaping ahead…

Life With Dogs (LWD) has been around since 2006, growing into its own as every dog lovers place to go for the latest and best laughs on the internet. Everything there was new and fresh! I started blogging at the end of 2008, and did not discover LWD until 2009 when I noticed the “blog hop”. Every blogger could list their blog or a recent post, their logo and have a chance to discover each other. Blogging can be a lonely pursuit — this was a community service!

It was not long after that I noticed there were more advocacy posts popping up and since that’s my reason for blogging, and, well, being, I was happy to see it! But going from a site known for laughter to the all too grim stories that so often come out of animal welfare work is not often seen. Taking such risks could bring growth to a screeching halt, or it could lead to more people doing things for animals, but I’ll let Neil tell this story.

If you didn’t know, Neil has moved on from the day-to-day editing and writing on Life With Dogs, but has also founded Life With Cats, also, I believe, edited by others. Neil Brogan is by no means disappearing from the scene – he’s got another great project coming up to be announced in a couple of weeks, and gives us a quick summary in the interview.

So what are the blogging secrets for all the erstwhile, frustrated, prolific writers out there trying to strike readership gold? Listen in my friends! For those of you who don’t blog, and many of you may be avid readers of LWD, this is a chance to hear what it’s like from the inside of one of very top dog blogs on the net! You can reach Neil at Nigel Buggers page or his own, Neil Brogan.

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12 comments
cejixo
cejixo

**** my Aunty Madelyn recently got a new red Nissan 3RD Convertible just by some part-time working online at home.


**** view it ..............  


http://tinyurl.com/jobsonline7

Paul
Paul

Great one! I really enjoyed this interview :)

Seattle DogSpot
Seattle DogSpot

Great interview. I'm looking forward to hearing more about Neil's nonprofit

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

Me too -not too long to wait now! Thanks for listening =)

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

Great interview, Mary! Neil's such an innovator in this space, it will be great to see where this next project takes him and Mrs. Author. They're lovely people and their dedication to their own pets and animals around the world is inspiring.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

 @Amy@GoPetFriendly It is absolutely inspiring Amy! But what an amazing all encompassing job -- how intense can you get when you're walking down the street with your laptop open, recording, working...whew!!! Can't wait to hear more about this charity they're building =) Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

Kim Clune
Kim Clune

Terrific interview, Mary! Thanks for digging into the sleeplessness and all that Neil sacrificed. I think it's really important for bloggers to know that, while a plan doesn't have to be in place at the start, the commitment does... yet to what end? Life with Dogs seems to be a once in a lifetime opportunity in the dog blog niche and it happened in a historical blogging setting that allowed for unbridled growth. I've loved watching it "grow up" but I wonder how it and the copycats will duke it out to see who ends up on top - and what kind of commitment and coordination will that take? It's an exiting saga, to be sure, one that will likely play out for  very long time.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

 @Kim Clune I had too much fun on this one Kim! Neil sacrificed his entire life, as did Mrs. Author, for two + years. Is it worth that is the big question. What he did I don't think can be replicated and I agree with you. There is a personal kind of magic besides all the hard work, that goes into sites like Neil's...you can copy the format, but that personal touch is beyond reach. I totally loved that Life With Dogs broke just about all the rules of blogging bar one - don't offend your readers and get that content out there! No Twitter, no Stumble, none of that...FB sure got a boost from this LOL!Thanks for chiming in Kim! I always appreciate your thoughts, and you've known Neil from the start, so even better =)

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