It was an opportunity for them to reach an audience they might not otherwise reach.
It was a chance to promote a post or 2, each week, that they thought would be of interest to others, and to pitch them using more than 140 characters or just a short sentence barely long enough to get a point across.
Today, Monday, September 14, 2015, marks the 600th weekly edition of the Carnival, uninterrupted, since Spring 2004.
I am Elvira Mistress of Felinity, lead writer puss on this blog and, it is with great honor and very humble pride and joy...as well as a little sadness for those not here to savor this moment...that I bring you this event.
I wish to thank all those who have hosted Carnival of The Cats over the years...your huckstering, many of them with artistic contributions as well, kept us going.
I wish to thank all those cats and their cat loving humans who wrote and submitted posts over the years...your contributions were the most important part of what we did as it opened a window onto a corner of the internet that few still know exists or fully understand even if they do.
Your work provides a record of how our community grew and continues to evolve.
Special thanks, above all, must go to our founder Laurence Simon, of Houston, TX... host of the 100 Word Stories blog and podcast, who still shares his cats via several social media venues.
When he began the CoTC there were no doubt more than a few, even after the Time Magazine piece, who thought he was full of crap, hee, hee! Is Full of Crap, the blog, is no more, but its legacy stretches far and wide.
You ARE the King of the Cat Blogging World, my friend.
Special thanks, as well, to our friend Susan Strong, Miss Mog, and her cats, past and present, from Meowza to Ritzi for their invaluable contributions to the cat blogging community as hosts and caretakers of the Carnival.
I and Daddy Kiril are honored by your friendship and encouragement.
Most importantly I wish to thank my inspirations, both as a feline and as a writer...
My mentor Mr. Nikita (1998-2013) and my beloved human, Daddy Kiril.
I learned so much from both of them that has made me who I am as the sassiest lady cat in Houston.
Let's get this show on the road!