The Cat Ruler of the World(results here) made us think about our early days blogging. Running for President was our “niche” at that point in time. We were thinking about doing a retrospective on those posts as we come up to the 2012 election. Running through those posts we noticed how much has changed.
We saw names like Icon Baxter Bailey, Ayla the Grump, Chatham and Aloysius. We know that several of them have long since gone to the Bridge, were in fact, some of the earlier elders to go running off, along with Trixie and Grampa Norton. We were also struck by the small community. When did we lose the ability to say happy birthday at the end of our posts? When did we stop immediately jumping into the story lines of other cats?
Remember the interactive posts that Zeus would put out? His travels but it was on our blogs, using our own imagination as he just sort of offered the “plot idea” if you will. Kukka Maria did that for us a lot too. We did that with the Meezers, weaving in the mystery of how Miles had a wet head with the mystery of whether Chey had connections to the Sopranos. There was nothing formal there, just sort of an evolving alternate universe with a dozen or more authors.
Things seem more contrived now. There are so many more cat blogs. It was easier when there were 50 of us and half wrote a post each day and now we have hundreds and two thirds write posts. We also noticed how many of our outside links are no longer working because those non cat bloggers have moved on to other things. They too were friends, although not like many of the cat blogging community. Now that we have Facebook we can find many of the people who have moved on but before that, when they stopped blogging, we lost contact.
Our photos were horrible. That’s something that’s definitely improved. I hope that people don’t judge whether we have any artistic talent by what we did six years ago! Many of those posts have no photos at all. It’s been a nice trip down memory lane as we searched out some of our favorite memories and were reminded of some that we had forgotten about (a shout out to Jan for remembering the plane landing incident a few weeks back–it was one we did forget!). We’ll be re-posting them with links to the original. We’ll also offer a short synopsis of what was going on at the time to place this in time for those who haven’t been reading us for the last six and half years!
Stick around and stay tuned. Maybe you’ll see one of your favorites too.