Sunday, August 25, 2019

13th Blogiversary

TBT:  As the Hobbits say "13 is a lucky number because it can't be divided... 

Well between Skeeter and LC in their elder years, and Ayla/Iza/Marley to start young, we have collectively managed 13 years of blogging!  I am sometimes amazed.  It all started because I discovered Max The Psychokitty's blog in 2004 and then 1 or 2 others. 

One of them (I think Max's) had a button that said "Free Blog".  After I was retired a few months and had some time, I pressed the button.  Pressing buttons should not be done lightly.  Like the wardrobe in 'The Chronicles of Narnia', Bilbo's road out of the Shire, Alice's rabbithole, or the WWI soldier who went wandering around France and discovered 'The Man Who Planted Trees' you never know what will happen when you try something new to you.

In my case, it was a rescue.  I had engaged in discussion groups on several topics back when the internet was 9.6k dial up.  It was slow streaming chat.  Some of them closed, some were overtaken by trolls, some were so contentious that I left, and one triggered me to sufficient anger that I (to my everlasting shame) was kicked off of.

Then the BUTTON showed up and I pressed it.  It was all quite confusing at first.  I tried a first post on August 25, 2006.  I only got it to show up days later, but the title of the post was the date, so I count that the official start.

My original idea was (and to an extent still is) to describe the world from a cat's POV.  Skeeter and LC did not understand glass doors,  where food came from, what *I* was (which is why I'm "TBT" mostly), etc.  But you can't keep that up forever.  I've let the cats gain understanding over the years.  Their English has improved a bit (but they maintain some spelling and grammar of their own).  They can type somewhat, but I always do some minor editing while trying to allow their basic sense of the world to come through.

Well otherwise,  mousies and birds and frogs, crickets and Stinky Goodness from cans would all just be called "food".  Some allowances to readers is necessary.  And some slightly improved (but hopefully not overdone) spelling seems good but plausible.

We collectively have lost some good friends over the 13 years.  Some went over The Bridge , some just vanished (OTB or just stopped blogging), some announced they were stopping, and some we dropped from our reading list.  That last is awkward. 

At various times, at some blogs I have had to resort to a lot of work to comment and it became just to difficult to get a comment posted (word verification was bad but picture-matching became an exercise in futility for me).  So one day I just deleted a dozen blogs from my feedly list. 

And there is the number of blogs I can visit these days.  I used to manage a list of 100.  Today 60 seems like too many.  As I get older (and also as the yard and house requires more attention), it gets harder to visit all my favorite blogs.  I really do apologize for that. 

I keep telling myself I will do better about that.  I also keep failing.  You would think that a retired person has all the time in the world, but what happens is that you do more things to use up all that time.

I have some ideas though...

13 years can use up most of your creative efforts.  It used to be easy, but now I have to think of things to post about.  I worry that I get repetitive. 

I hope to get to 14.

Love to all...


  1. I'm not sure how long I've been following your blog, Mark/TBT - but it's quite a few years - albeit after Skeeter and LC. I don't think it's necessary for cat bloggers to feel that they need to be constantly dreaming up new topics to post about. It's really a notional friendship and sometimes just hearing from a friend - that they're alive, and well and pottering about - is fun and all that is needed.

    Please keep blogging!

    Sydney, Australia

  2. Happy blogaversary! 13 are one of da momma's favorite numbers.

  3. Happy blogoversary! There aren't that many of the old ones still around. Mine's old - Sparkle founded it at the beginning of 2003 - but it sort of took on a really different life in 2014, when I came home. I'm so glad you guys have been there through everything!

  4. Happy Blogoversary from all of us! Yes, that picture matching captcha thing is awful.

  5. Happy HAPPY, Mark (a/k/a TBT) ... wow, I feel like I could have written just
    about every word you wrote here! And got a big giggle about that April '06
    post, remembering those "times and efforts" so well! Glad you've hung around and hung on, in spite of the ups/downs (and the captcha pics, UGH) ... cause
    we enjoy YOU, the KITS, your marvelous gardens ... and yeah, being retired
    does NOT seem to give us that much more time for some unknown reason ... ???
    So keep on, we want to see you here for your 14th and your 24th! Hugs, love
    and some tuna for the furry ones!

  6. Happy blogoversary! I always enjoy this blog. I'm sure your kittehs will share a mousie with you in celebration.
    I too was heavily inspired by Max and also by UK Eric and Flynn.

  7. Happy 13th Blogoversary and I hope there are many more!
    We started within a month of each other, but after Flynn went to the Bridge I lost the heart to continue, but I did to keep the boys' memory alive.
    I don't think I visited while Skeeter was still with you, but I am sure I made the occasional visit to LC.
    It made me laugh when you said about the cats English and grammar. I told a friend about the blog and she showed her husband. He told her that he never realised my spelling was so poor! She had to explain to him that it was cat speak.
    I improved their English over the years because I found I was forgetting myself sometimes and starting to use Catspeak in public. You get some very strange looks!

  8. 13 years, concatulations ! Happy, a very happy blogoversary ! We wish you many many more, we love your blog ! Purrs

  9. Happy Blogiviersay!!! Here's to many more. I wish I had known about blogs back then so I could have followed all along. XO

  10. A very happy 13 years of blogging. We think of ourselves as the 'oldtimers' now. We started in 2005 with the same idea except I knew I wanted to record Angel Abby's life, not even realizing how important (for me) it would become after she left for the Bridge. We wish you many more years of good blogging!

  11. Concats on lucky number 13! The adventures will continue, we're sure!

  12. Happy Blogoversary! 13 years is impurressive. We just hit 11. Here's to many more years of blogging.

    The Florida Furkids

    ps - Mom says she can relate to a lot of the things you said. We don't get to visit as much as we would like and keeping up with the yard and house can be overwhelming sometimes.

  13. Concatulations on your blogoversary - and many more .

  14. Congrats on 13 years of blogging! That’s quite an accomplishment. The mom understands about being retired and not having enough time. Silly humans!

  15. Congratulations...that is an amazing accomplishment. Good luck on making it to 14. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  16. Happy Blogversary!!! Mom and Scylla say they think they discovered you around a year after that in 2007 which is when ATCAD was born, although it was just Alasandra and the Cats then. And Mom understands completely about the challenges of blogging these days as she has the same ones. She is always asking us where time goes. We are looking forward to another year of reading more of Ayla/Iza/Marley's adventures.

  17. Oh, Wow! I missed this post...due to similar reasons that you know all too well about! Its a kitties (and Pups) use up time and blogging uses up a lot more! But a visit now and then to get back in the loop is all we need...we try to visit all our furends at least once in a while...some more than others...not that we keep track or play faves, its just the way it is:)

    Thirteen years of blogging, that us just fantastic and dedicated! We have only been at it for a wee bit over five, MOL! Though we were doing Catster/Dogster from 2009, and began blogging when those closed.

    Happy (Belated) Blogoversary!!


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