Resources for Pet Bloggers
Resources for Pet Bloggers:
As a new blogger, I've learned about all kinds of blogging things over the past six months or so, so I thought it might be helpful to share what I've learned with other new bloggers. Here are some of the resources I have discovered:
Pet Blogs United supports pet bloggers by providing information, reviewing products, and featuring new bloggers in their posts. A great way to get your blog's name out there is to contact PBU and ask to be a featured blogger. Oskar and Pam rock.
BlogPaws has all kinds of resources including the BlogPaws Community and the Pet Blogger Network. They host the BlogPaws conference, which is an amazing experience. To be honest, my IT staff hasn't yet figured out all the things you can do on the BlogPaws page. I think there are groups for all kinds of specific interests and posts about how to do various things with your blog.
The Blogville Community Calendar lists Blogville events and CONTESTS. (I LOVE contests.) Participating in Blogville events is a great way to have fun and meet new bloggers.
Zoolatry provides wonderful graphic creation services (buttons, banners, blog makeovers) for very reasonable fees.
Making your blog more accessible for people with and without disabilities
Word Verification or "Captcha"
When I first started my blog, I turned on word verification because I thought it was necessary to prevent spamming. It didn't occur to me that it would make it difficult to leave comments. I have since learned that a lot of people won't leave comments if you have word verification turned on. The numbers and letters are difficult to read for those with perfect vision, and impossible for those with poor vision, those who are blind, and those who are blind and deaf. The first thing you can do to make your blog more accessible to everyone is to turn off word verification.
Early in my blogging career, I made friends with several bloggers with disabilities, and that made me realize that I want to make my blog as accessible as possible to everyone who might want to read it. I think many bloggers who aren't disabled simply are not aware of accessibility issues. I still need to make some changes to make my blog more accessible, but I thought I'd share with you a couple of posts on the topic.
How to Make Your Blog Accessible in Five Not-So-Complicated Steps
Making Your Blog Accessible/Disability-Friendly
*If you know of other resources I should add to this list, please send me an email at garth DOT riley AT rocketmail DOT com.