“The Carnival of the Cats is a weekly roundup of cat-related posts on weblogs. 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.”
Laurence Simon - Founder of The Carnival of The Cats & King of the Cat Blogosphere
A long time ago, in a year far away (2004), the immortal Laurence Simon, via his Blog Is Full of Crap (RIP IFOC!), became known as "King of the Cat Bloggers" for starting the Carnival of the Cats.
His idea was for a weekly confab of the best of the week’s cat blogging posts about cats from bloggers all around the world.
People who normally blog about anything and everything, as well as the emerging Community of Cat Bloggers, enter their week’s best cat related blog posts into the carnival.
For those who rarely share stories about their cats, it’s a vacation from blogging about such things as politics, war...and knitting.
I like how Laurence explained it: This is a way of "demonstrating that even the mightiest and meekest of pundits have a love of cats in common."
For us Cat Bloggers the Carnival is a chance to discover blogs we might never have heard of, on subjects of all kinds.
When Time Magazine takes notice of you, and of the growing Community you are a part of, as they did Laurence and his Carnival, then you know your effort, and the world you are helping spread the word about, are making an important impact in the lives of people, and Cats, everywhere.
In late 2007/early 2008 the King relinquished his responsibilities for running this show to the original Cat Blogosphere, which no longer is at its original link or run by those who took on the task of running the CoTC.
As those folks wrote about those early days..."The CB is the entry point into a Worldwide Movement, Community, and State of Mind:
We are cats who blog. And some humans who blog about cats. Some humans will tell you it’s really all humans who pretend to blog as cats. Now, humans are notoriously unreliable and kill each ofur silly stuff like munny and lie about who they slept with and whatnot. So who are you gonna believe, huh? Believe who you wants. We cats don’t care.
The origins of cat blogging are lost in time and cyberspace. Many, many of us were inspired by Psychokitty Max and Timothy Dickens, the first cat bloggers most of us met. Many more were inspired by Laurence Simon, King of the Cat Bloggers and his Carnival of the Cats. And a huge hattip goes out to Jay Dyke’s The Mows cat comic, where many, many of us saw the link to Psychokitty and got introduced to the whole idea of being able to blog even tho we’re cats."
That explanation barely scratches the surface of what this phenomenon is all about.
You know you are part of something truly special, and potentially world changing, when even Dogs decide to do it (There once was a Carnival of the Dogs, indicating that Canines do more that chase their tails, mailmen, and cars!)
Mr. Nikita (1998-2013) - March 25, 2008
When Lair gave up the Carnival to the original Cat Blogosphere to maintain in January 2008, Robyn took care of managing it and a CoTC Home Site, until she had health issues at which time, she gave it to me to manage. That was in November 2008. I still host the Carnival of the Cats but, in early 2014, due to my health issues, Kiril and one of his cat, Elvira Mistress of Felinity graciously began to assist me with the site and to continue their doing most of the hosting duties as their blog, The Opinionated Pussycat, had been doing for several years beginning under Mr. Nikita, originally at Daddy Kiril's own blog, The Mad Macedonian.
Susan "Miss Mog" Strong - Mind of Mog - Sept. 2015
Before pet blogger conventions and awards, before the pet industry and rescues/shelters gave a hoot, before many other familiar aspects of the online pet niche, there was Carnival of the Cats.
What did it do in its 11+ years that meant it truly MATTERED to the development of Pet Blogging?
Poke the box…cardboard box, litter box, big box, small box, hell, any box will do, I am…YOU are cats…poking boxes is something we enjoy.
“Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard” – Seth Godin in Poke the Box
Carnival of The Cats made a difference once upon a time.
For Cat Bloggers, the world over, the Carnival was once an important way to discover blogs they might never have heard of, on subjects of all kinds!
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.
My, how times have changed....
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, LinkedIn, Mr. Linky, InLinkz, online communities such as Blog Paws, several annual conventions and more, have allowed for more platforms to share ones pet blogging, some more popular than others.
Let this archive be a record, though incomplete, of the CoTC difference....an entry point, for any curious feline, to the world of cat and pet blogging as it grew during its first decade plus.
Elvira Mistress of Felinity - Sept. 14, 2015
001 – 005 = Is Full Of Crap 006 = Waterglass 007 & 008 = ATS 009 – 011 = IFOC
016 & 017 = IFOC 018 = Your Moosey Fate 019 – 022 = IFOC
023 = Watermark 024 = When Cats Attack 025 = Sharp as a Marble
031 = IFOC 032 = When Cats Attack 033 = Mind of Mog 034 = Your Moosey Fate
038 = CathColl.net 039 = Sharp as a Marble 040 = IFOC 041 = MartiniPundit
046 = Running Scared 047 = Conservative Cat 048 = Flying Space Monkey
073 = Mind of Mog 074 = Running Scared 075 = Annoying Little Twerp
080 = Music and Cats 081 = Ginasrantings 082 = Where The Dolphins Play
086 = Curioser and Curioser 087 = Scribblings 088 = IMAO 089 – When Cats Attack
101 = My Animal Family 102 = Catcall (Lair’s old Houston Chronicle Column/Blog)
129 = Begin Each Day 130 = Justin’s Random Thoughts 131 = House Of Chaos
135 = Catcall (Lair’s old Houston Chronicle Column/Blog) 136 = Watermark
137 =Crazy Meezer 138 = TBIFOC 139 = Mind Of Mog 140 = Scribblings
162 = Catymology 163 = When Cats Attack 164 = TBIFOC 165 = Cat Blogosphere
166 = Fire Phil Garner 167 = Justin’s Random Thoughts 168 = Scratching Post
194 = Bad Kitty Cats 195 = Mind Of Mog 196 = Cat Blogosphere 197 & 198 = TBIFOC
199 = Cat Blogosphere 200 = Life From A Cat’s Perspective
201 = Missy, KC, Sol & Smokey 202 = Bad Kitty Cats 203 = When Cats Attack!
210 = Chey’s Place
250 = Cat Blogosphere 251 = The Whole Kitten Kaboodle 252 = Kashim & Othello
580 – I, Meowza
585 – Mind of Mog
589 – I, Infidel
599 - Mind of Mog
600 - The Opinionated Pussycat