Most of you probably already know that my blog post, “Humans Are Willfully Destroying Our Bird TV!,” is one of the finalists for the Petties Best Blog Post category. I got in the finals purely because so many of you readers so diligently nominated me every day, and I thank you so much for supporting me. But you may have also noticed that I have done very little to promote the Petties or ask for votes. I apologize for that. I feel like I am letting you all down after you worked so hard on my behalf. I owe you an explanation.
When I saw who the other finalists were for Best Blog Post, it was pretty clear to me that there was no way I was going to win this… and even if I did, frankly, I thought at least two of the posts were better than mine and deserved to win more. I’d already read the Tiniest Tiger post about Gracie and the Covered in Cat Hair post about Fred, and was very moved by them. These are beautiful, heartfelt posts about beloved cats who died. In addition, both these blogs have readerships and Facebook pages that are quite a big larger than mine. I hadn’t read the River Front Cats post yet, so I went over and looked at it… and it was another beautiful, heartfelt post about a beloved cat who died — and River Front Cats supports feral cats, which is the same basic cause behind my own blog post.
Sure, I could put all my energy and free time behind my blog post and fight tooth and claw to win this… and maybe I would. But at what cost? My blogging would suffer because I’d be so busy trying to win and projects that my human and I are trying to get off the ground right now would have to fall by the wayside. It happens every time I am in a competition, and I don’t want this to happen anymore. I think I can do more for cat rescues, and better by cat causes in general, by focusing on projects where I know there will be a return on effort.
As a result, I have been reminding readers to vote on Facebook and Twitter on rare, random occasions, but I just don’t have the time or desire for a big campaign this time. I decided against having you guys help me pick a rescue because why get anyone’s hopes up? In the off chance that I do win this, I’ll donate the money to an awesome local rescue called Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats — they rescue and rehab feral kittens so that they can be given good homes. My human’s birthday is this weekend and we are going to have a commenthon for them.
So I am sorry I am not promoting the Petties this year. If you want to vote — for me or anyone else — click here. You can use your email address to log in if the Facebook login is not working. In the meantime, I am working on a special project that I hope some of you will be a part of, and I will be announcing it next week.