They say times flies when you’re doing what you love. Well, time has flown by, four years to be exact since launching Cat Wisdom 101. After 1288 posts, thousands of images, comments, follows and 2 million views, we’re still here to enlighten and entertain cat lovers. It’s what we do and we love you for having been a part of the journey. Thank-you for very single comment, follow and like. Thank-you for the incredible friendships and support on and offline. Purrs of thanks too to our sponsors and guest bloggers. We created this special graphic to share because we can always do something.
Together, we have helped make a difference in the lives of cats, one purr at the time.
There is a 10,000 hour rule that purports that we achieve mastery with a deliberate focus on any skillset for 10,000 hours. When I started this blog as an off-shoot of Cat Saturday from my other blog Boomer Muse, I’d already worked with cats for years, and thought I knew cats and cat lovers pretty well. I was wrong. After spending over 10,000 hours over the past 4 years devoted to all things cat, I’m beginning to feel I know a little bit more and yet the only thing I know for sure is: cats defy being wholly known. I’ve experienced exceptions to every rule and remain more in awe than ever of the feline world.
It would be foolish to predict where I’ll be in another four years but blogging is responsible for the alchemy that fired my soul towards my life purpose of helping cats and those who love them.
Peace, love and purrs of gratitude,
Layla (and feline friends Angel Coco, Angel Gris Gris, Domino, Odin, Nou Nou and forever, Merlin.)
Join us for short trip down memory lane. Our Cat Wisdom 101 journey began on May 27, 2011 with a series of teasers. Odin was and still is the master tree climber.
Our garden remains a refuge when stress rears its unruly head. And who knew wise, old Merlin would grow even older and wiser?
A year later in 2012, we took stock about the effort it took pumping out a staggering amount of original content. In those days we blogged 7 days a week plus 5 days a week at Boomer Muse. Serious blogging is not for the feint of heart. It requires passion bordering on madness. It also takes wisdom to know when to back off, re-prioritize and do less. We streamlined last year but added new responsibilities like editing the CWA blog and writing for new channels.
On our 2nd blogoversery it was still, all cats, all the time.
For some reason we celebrated out 3rd blogoversery on June 1, 2014. It also marked Odin’s birthday and the day first day I got serious about helping hoarder cats at the shelter. Their plight inspired me to dig deeper into the roots of compassion and not judgement in the face of cruelty.
This rescued hoarder cat had suffered the most horrifically and was fostered soon after the rescue. Even today, I’m can’t stomach writing down the details of what this cat endured. All I can do is educate and share the message of animal advocacy. Blogging and social media is a powerful tool to make a difference in the lives of cats and all animals. The weekly adoption PSAs I create are proof of that.
We are continuing to fundraise for our emergency veterinary fund for shelter cat Radish. See our post last week for details. Thank-you for loving cats and supporting the Cat Wisdom 101 community in any way from subscribing, to sharing to volunteering in your neighborhood. Every positive thought and maction helps. We can’t save every cat but we can save one. UPDATE: Radish is having a complete diagnostic exam today!