Okay, so I won the Pettie for Best Cat Blog at BlogPaws West 2010. Does that mean I actually have the best cat blog? Ha, ha — of course not! I do work very hard on my blog to make it as good as it possibly can be, but so do a lot of other cats (and humans who have cat-themed blogs). And some really great cat bloggers that are very popular didn’t get nominated mainly because they didn’t campaign for it. If you are one of those (and you must know who you are!), do go for it next year! It was so much fun to be in the running — and even more fun to win!
The competition for the Best Cat Blog was really, really tough, and even though we are all cat blogs, each blog is very different from the others. I would have had a hard time deciding who to vote for if I had never seen any of our blogs before! I am a fan of the other three blogs that were nominated, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about them, since I know not all of you know them. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Catladyland: Angie Bailey’s blog is a newer entry into the cat blogging world, and I didn’t even know about it until it was nominated for Best Cat Blog. I went over to check it out and I was instantly enchanted! Angie is definitely a cat lady, but she is not crazy — she is smart and funny and her three cats are real characters. My human met Angie at BlogPaws and interestingly, they seem to have a lot in common besides cats — really odd things, like they are both Mojo Nixon fans and they are both 80s ladies. Once I checked out Angie’s blog, it was obvious why it was nominated. It has humor and heart and yes, it is quite eclectic.
My favorite Catladyland post: Jack and Tyke — actually this post is a little different from Angie’s usual funny point of view, but I had to mention it because it is about author Jack Kerouac and his beloved cat, Tyke, and includes a moving quote from his book, Big Sur. More typical of the blog’s tone is Cat Food — in fact, the whole cat-and-food theme wound up becoming a whole new blog called (logically) Katt Food, which I also highly recommend checking out. You can even submit your own Katt Food photo!
The Conscious Cat: Created by author and Reiki Master Practitioner Ingrid King, this blog is packed with information about how humans and their cats can have joyful, healthy lives. There are blog posts on feline nutrition and health, lessons from pets to humans, and posts about pet loss (Ingrid’s book, Buckley’s Story, is about a very special cat Ingrid loved, and lost too soon). There are also book reviews (in fact, she recently reviewed my new cat-to-cat advice book!). Ingrid is very knowledgeable and intuitive, and yes, she lets her tortie, Allegra, have her say sometimes — she did the same for Amber, the tortie who inspired the blog. Sadly, Amber died earlier this year.
My favorite Conscious Cat post: This was hard to pick, since there is so much gold on this site, but one of the must-read posts is What Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving The Loss of a Pet. It is so easy to say the wrong thing, and Ingrid suggests what you can do instead of spouting off an awkward platitude.
My Himalayan Cat Goma: I actually thought Goma and his human, Sachie were going to win — after all, Goma has been on Animal Planet’s show, Cats 101, so he is already a TV star! Plus Goma and Sachie are a great team: Goma adds the floof, the poses and the awesome facial expressions, and Sachie adds the arty-cartoony quotes. The posts usually end with an amusing dialogue between Goma and Sachie. I always look forward to Goma’s adventures — he has a view of the world that is even a little wackier than the usual kitty! Sachie, in case you don’t know, is also a very talented artist, and has included Goma in some of her designs.
My Favorite Goma post: Engagement. This is actually one of my favorite posts ever on any blog — Goma helps Sachie’s then-boyfriend, now-husband propose. It is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.
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