Carnival of the Cats is a weekly roundup of Cat-related posts on weblogs, in America, and around the world, who choose to submit a post for inclusion.
For us Cat Bloggers the Carnival is a chance to discover blogs we might never have heard of, on subjects of all kinds!
The Carnival Home Page, with an archive of past Carnivals, the Line-up for 2011, FAQ'S, and more, is HERE.
A little heads-up, to get things rolling: November 13th will be the 400th Edition of Carnival of the Cats, and it will be hosted by the Carnival Minder-In Chief Mog ! ;-D
Good evening Felinity Assembled! ;-D
Let's get this show on the road!
Nikita, here! Obviously, we didn't get anymore time with our Blankies...Someone had to sober up in time to put this post together! ;-D
In the Winter of 2003/2004, Cat Blogging was barely in its infancy, but it's early stirrings were gaining some attention that even Daddy, & I didn't know about when he discovered the Carnival of the Cats...
April 4, 2004 -- Daddy Kiril on our original Blog, retired in 2007
Cat Lovers rejoice!
There is a new event in the Bloggerverse where you can share your best stories about your cute widdle Pussy. :-)
If your Pussy is a big one, or you have more than one, you can share that. :-)
Laurence Simon, of Amish Tech Support, is famous for posting pictures of his Cats, and for his CatCam.
Now he has begun The Carnival of the Cats and, with this weeks edition it is up to 3.
As he says in the intro to #2:
"Unlike other Carnivals, where people are challenged to find their best or worst posts of the week on a particular subject, instead we turn to the most important thing anybody could blog about.... Their feline friends."
It first began being hosted by others with edition #6, as Daddy told our readers at the time..."Nikita says every dog gets its day, and it's about time Cats did too, or something to that effect, and he reads this carnival every week." :-)
The King of the Cat Bloggers turned over the reins, to others, in 2007, but in those first few months, as I, & Elvira, discovered after some research last year (Celebrating Carnival #350)...major news outlets were getting wind of Cat Bloggers. ;-D
A long time ago, in a year far away, an idea was born:
"Its purpose is to provide a non-political respite from the vehement echo chamber that the Blogosphere spins itself into during the week, demonstrating that even the mightiest and meekest of pundits have a love of cats in common"
Those words were written by one Laurence Simon, a mighty Blogger with a love of Cats that knows no bounds, and a talent for creative writing that, to this day, brings out the best of all who encounter his efforts to encourage their creativity (He even inspired me to try something new!).
In 2004 Cat Blogging and the Carnival of the Cats became so well known that Laurence was interviewed by Time Magazine about the Carnival (We were unable to locate this online, anymore). ;-D
An October 2004 NY Times Interview with Mr. Simon, and a few others, including, most importantly, a Mr. Kevin Drum, the inventor of what was known as "Friday" Cat Blogging (Who once had his own blog, then blogged for Washington Monthy, and now blogs for Mother Jones, where he STILL blogs about his Cats!), from the early days of Cat Blogging!!
On July 3rd, 3005 I submitted my 1st contribution to the carnival (#69), along with 39 others contributers.
My first time hosting was with #211 on March, 31, 2008, and there were 42 entries.
As the years went by I began to host more, , and more, often, and believe, strongly, in the ability of the Carnival to help spread the word of the joys of being a Cat, or 2, or more, living with a Human, or 2, or more (& even a Dog, or 2!). ;-D
This Carnival is one of the oldest continuing Carnivals online, and is proud of it! ;-D
Yes, Felinity Assembled, there once was a time where Carnival got lots of entries.
Some were from names familiar to all of us still today, but many hosts, and submitters, were people, and Cats, long forgotten, who may not even be blogging anymore.
This upcoming celebration of #400 is as much for them, as it is for us who carry on the legacy, and hope to encourage new contributers.
Thanks to Laurence, Kevin, and all who followed, in those early years, what has evolved into a varied Critterverse began to take shape.
Speaking of contributions, let's get to those for this week! ;-D
I want to first remind everyone that Elvira, & I, invite you to consider joining our cause!
The Occupy Your Litter Box Movement Manifesto & Photos of the Campaign Poop, I mean, Kick-off!
***8pm Update*** = Congratulations, & Thank U, to Samantha, Clementine, & Maverick, for being the 1900th Comment left on this blog since it began on New Year's Day 2010! (See Comments below) ;-D
11. Tamar, of I Have Cat, wants to share a very cool Shout Out sent her way!
She discusses what she calls "5 Basic Rules" and, in Rule #5, mentions the I Have Cat Facebook Page favorably. ;-D
Oh, and speaking of Catnip....
12. No...Daddy didn't get into our stash. ;-D
13. In this post I share a list of Cat Books So Your Human Can Better Understand, and Care for You