Cats Who Write Blogs, and the People Who Help Them
Cats Can Write??
Well, not really--they type. Seriously, no; actually, they dictate to their owners what is to be typed.
Still not convinced? I don't blame you. Welcome to the world of virtual fun and nonsense known as The Cat Blogosphere!
Created April 27, 2006 by Robyn Harton, the idea was to bring together all us 'crazy cat people' into a support group to cheer on each other's kitties, and enjoy the stories of their antics.
The blogs must all be "cat written," to qualify. This means, written as a day in the life of a cat, from the cat's perspective.
Kitty Cat Language
Some of the cats are very well spoken and use excellent grammar, others use an alternate form of English known as LOL-speak.
This format, which I sometimes use in my kitty blog, presumes a cat would have considerable difficulty with the English language if they were able to speak and write, and therefore uses deliberate misspellings and incorrect grammatical constructions.
For example, the sentence, "I think my humans should respect my nap time by not making a lot of noise," in LOL-speak would appear something like this:
"I finks my hoomans shuld reespek my nappytimes an not be makin a bunch of noises dat wakes me ups!" The spelling is "almost" phonetical.
It is total nonsense, but it is also fun and relieves stress.
People involved in this network follow each other's blogs, and via comments, offer support, encouragement, and suggestions if questions have been asked.
Also posted are memorials for those who have passed on, for pets who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Links are provided so visitors may leave sympathy notes on the blog in question. Such posts may include other family pets, and don't necessarily have to be about cats, because after all, there are many households in which cats and dogs coexist peaceably.
Other Functions of the CB
The Cat Blogosphere's home page also serves as a news exchange, whereupon may be posted news such as birthdays, "blogoversaries," and requests for "pawcircles" for ailing kitties or thier owners.
A great many of the folks on the CB have at least two, and some have several cats. Many are involved in rescue and/or fostering operations. There is a serious side to the whole thing. Auctions are held to raise funds for various causes.
There are also dogs who blog, and the two groups got together in 2010 for the first annual 'Blog-Paws' conference. The secretary-typists (er--pet owners) got to meet each other in person, and I understand much fun was had, and much useful information gained.
Serious work is also accomplished at such in-person get togethers; in one instance, the group met with an EPA representative to discuss environmental toxins and the hazards to pets.
A related bit of serious fun is the Twitter "PawPawty." In this venue, there is a link to a menu of drinks and snacks or meals, altered to appeal to pets, such as "Niptinis" for kitties, or "Bone Stew" for dogs...maybe "carrot slaw" for Bunnies.
Every participating tweet usually uses the general hashtag #pawpawty so the conversational thread can be easily followed. Sometimes, however, there are seasonal themed parties, and they will have their own unique hashtags.
The "pawpawties" usually go on for 24 hours to accomodate worldwide participants. Various pets take turns hosting and doing the "barktending" and DJ jobs. There actually are musical selections being played, and the links to the current selection are tweeted.
Virtual food, (called "noms") is bought, and consumed, and guests are reminded frequently to tip the barktenders and DJ's.
The "tips" are made via a link to a payment service for whatever charity is the recipient of the donations from that particular party.
The drinks and food are all make-believe, but the music is real, and the donated money is real, and the organizers and hosts are real people working hard behind the scenes to pull off a very unique type of fundraising event that is a lot of fun.
Not the Only One
The Cat Blogosphere is certainly not the only cat blog out there.
There are professionally-done blogs from such entities as "Modern Cat" magazine, others that focus on health, safety, and medical issues, some on grooming, etc.
There is a list of the "top 100" cat blogs, however, in scrolling through it, the list has gone well past 100 as of this writing.
Anyone with a cat can get in on the fun; just grab your "pawtner," and start typing!
© 2019 Liz Elias