We’re celebrating 7 years of blogging at Cat Wisdom 101 with a few surprises. Read on or scroll on. It’s a milestone to be proud of but it’s been a wild ride to get here.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, I’d think twice. It’s a long slog to create a high authority site. Everything takes longer than expected unless you have a team and deep pockets. The world of cat blogging has changed drastically since we launched in 2011.
Instagram and Pinterest didn’t exist then. Facebook wasn’t as mercenary. It was before the “mobile-friendly” move from larger screens, before hashtags, pop-ups, hacks, and a million new things to learn about. I didn’t know much or worry about Algorithms, SEO or WordPress dashboard despite having blogged for two years at another platform. Call it beginners luck, but I pretty quickly had 1 million visitors a year.
Most bloggers back then took the plunge without building an archive before launching or investing in courses. It felt more authentic and organic. We were blogging for fun not profit. Our cat community was small enough to blog hop to visit each other regularly. The digital landscape was less noisy and crowded. Sure we made mistakes and still do. Not a day has gone by in seven years that I haven’t learned something. I could write book about all the awful mistakes I’ve made. All long-time bloggers have horror stories, moments of sheer panic and woe, but it doesn’t stop or define us.
Today there are 30 million blogs in the U.S. alone. Everyone is scrambling harder than ever for eyeballs, subscribers, and followers to grow their numbers. It’s sadly all about numbers and pressure to do more, sell more, buy ads, leverage visibility, hire virtual assistants, auto-posting, be everywhere, sleeker, faster, vying for more clicks. If a blogger can’t keep up the pace with fresh original content, someone else will. That someone is often a person who doesn’t write the content themselves. Never mind the person may actually be a bot. The content might be scraped from another blog or worse stolen, verbatim. Needless to say with our large archive, it’s been compromised and has inspired copycats.
Frankly, I’m re-vamping and editing some of our old evergreen content to be relevant and why reinvent the wheel? Every year, I create a completely new web design to stay current. No matter what, I keep going, and improving because I love cats and communicating with cat lovers. And I’m as insatiably curious as a cat.
Our first post at Cat Wisdom 101 was actually on May 27, 2011
Every year I look back at what I’ve achieved at Cat Wisdom 101 and personally in my career as a cat expert, advocate and writer, but this year is different. I’m still in unplug mode from an extended digital detox.
What does this mean for Cat Wisdom 101? I honestly don’t know. I haven’t blogged at my other blog since the new year. Seven years ago, I blogged daily at two blogs. Every single day. I couldn’t physically or mentally do it if I wanted to now. Mind you, I did publish a book last year and always have multiple projects on the go. It takes its toll and my brain is less nimble than five years ago. Every time I think of quitting, I tweak, reinvent or simply evolve instead. If cats have nine lives, Cat Wisdom 101 has lived seven.
Welcome to how we are celebrating 7 years of blogging.
To honor the vast body of work, I thought it might be fun to choose one favorite post from each of the eight years of blogging, but there are over 2000 posts on every possible category. You name it and millions of views later, chances are we’ve posted it. I tried doing random article searches by year and that turned into mind-boggling trip down memory lane. Never mind Google search images by year, topic or name of our cats. Holy mother of cats, I just couldn’t pick 8 favorites. So this is what I did. I picked a random month per year. When you click on the link, you can quickly see the scope from grid of the photos and post titles. I promise you’ll find something that will make your day.
Thank you for reading, skimming or simply glancing at photos. Every visit is appreciated. Every social media share is a gift that paws it forward. Thanks being our friend and for loving cats.
I don’t have my crystal ball handy, but I predict interesting changes ahead. Thanks for joining us on our adventure so far and for following us on social. Extra purrs for our long time subscribers. You know who you are. You have saved our furry behind more than once.
Peace, Love & Purrs,
And Clyde, Domino, Odin and Nou Nou. Angels Merlin, Radish, Gris Gris and Coco.
The time machine begins right meow. In a hurry? Play kitty roulette. Pick one year at random. It might be your lucky day. Tell us if you find something special.
2018 Cat Holidays & Events Calendar with bonus cuteness.
Since we’re almost half way through the year (can you believe it!?) here is the second half of the 2018 calendar. I hope it helps with your planning or blogging.