Nikita Cat: Proud Feline Pundit - You Giva Me No Trouble, I Giva You No Smack!
Miss Elvira: Bold, Fresh, with Tortitude to Spare!
Creative writing, experiences, outspoken observations & opinions, on life, & the world around them, taking 1 step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, & Enlightenment, that comes with having 9 Lives to work with.
1. There are critters and their humans, maybe 3 or 6, that are not going to like your style of blogging. Not everybody likes everybody.
Just wink an eye and wag your tail.
2. When 15 years old you reach, still look fabulous, you will, hmmm?
3. How do you attract an audience and comments?
It isn’t easy; well, OK, for Daddy and me it hasn’t been.
Great writing is a start; Interesting, entertaining and relevant, make for tasty ingredients to stir in the food bowl.
It’s your job, alongside daddy, to learn new things to help attract readers to this material, things Daddy and I could never find the time to do and learn, for all sorts of reasons.
4. Death happens, whether after you use up 3 lives or all 9, it's the way of all things. Rejoice for those who make the journey to Rainbow Bridge. Celebrate their life, briefly mourn, then move on.
5. Two kinds of bloggers aren’t worth a damn: One that imitates what everyone else does, but not any better and one that doesn’t use his, or her, imagination to bring something unique to the table.
6. You can’t practice being a sour Puss.
7. Don’t worry about being the most popular cat blog on the planet; work on being the best, most interesting, most informative in all of Houston, Harris County and all of Texas and everything will fall into place for you.
8. I try not to worry about blog traffic, or about not getting 15 to 100 comments every time I announce I had a great nap or went to the litter box, and share the photos to prove it (not that there is anything wrong with that style of blogging); The type of readers who leave comments to those posts often are either spammers, following you because everyone else is, or too damn lazy to at least check out a few of the other sites among the other 100 on the Mr. Linky list they just contributed to, even if they don’t leave any comment to prove they stopped by.
9. Felines never bluff and are never afraid to speak their mind.
To be Feline is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or nap
and snooze your life away, little one. Be sassy and fight the good
Good evening, felinity assembled. Elvira Mistress of Felinity here.
Friends, felines, countrypussies, lend me your eyes...
While my guys are napping I have taken matters into my own paws and done something Daddy Kiril has been reluctant to do; I changed the message under the Paypal Donate Button our blog and on daddy's as well.
Why? For the love of my mentor Mr. Nikita, who, at 15+, has had an ongoing series of medical issues since October 2010, which have us all concerned.
Those of you who have read this blog over the years are familiar with his ongoing medical saga.
Elvira Mistress of Felinity, here, with a magazine review! :-D
The other day Daddy Kiril picked up the Spring 2012 National Geographic Special on Cats and Dogs, published by National Geographic Magazine.
This edition is on sale, in bookstores, until May 28th, or ordered online just in case all the stores sell out.
Daddy let me read it so I could share my thoughts, you know, Ladies First, and all that. :-D
There are 3 articles strictly about Dogs, only 1 strictly about Cats, and 3 that feature both.
That's one strike against the issue, right there, in my opinion.
The best thing about the whole, 96 page, issue, is the wide variety of Cat, and Dog, photos.
The Pet Showcase article is a Photo Gallery that features Cats & Dog images in equal numbers, with the Cat selections a mix of the serious, funny, and adorable.
Inside the Minds of Dogs and Cats is a fascinating article that discusses 2 things the Humans are apparently finding surprising to them, but are not to Felinity Assembled. :-D
1. Dogs in some ways are SMARTER than Chimps!
2. Cats are smart, too! A finding that researchers are very frustrated about for various reasons...hee, hee! :-D
I meowed with laughter as I read this section of the piece.
There was an article that obsessed ove the genes of Dogs, even featuring a 2 page spread of small photos of 39 different breeds.
Another strike against the magazine was that there was no similar article, and gallery, regarding Felines.
I was prepared to dislike the article titled "Cats: Man's other Best Friends", just because of the title, alone, but read on anyway.
Yes, the "Cats have staff" saying was trotted out, and the species as a whole seemed to be branded as "Aloof" in the aricle blurb, on the contents page, as well as the odd belief that Cats "are little changed" from our earliest ancestors.
The article more than redeems itself once one starts reading it, as, along with a nifty 2 page spread depicting the Cat Ancestral Family Tree, and 13 wonderful photos of Cats in various settings, the writing covers a lot of interesting ground related to Cats, our history, our various personality, and physical, traits, and more, that just goes to show you that while Humans think they know a lot about us, they actually really don't know as much as they think. :-D
Which means that Felinity Assembled is doing a fine job of protecting State Secrets. :-D
As part of this chapter Nat Geo pays tribute to a 1965 cover story about 3 Cats, named Joliette, Susette, and Avanga, and solo boat journey, around the world, by the 16 yr. old Human named Robin Graham ( Cool photos! ).
For the fates of the 3 intrepid Kitties you will have to read the tribute. :-D
The Dogs Forever at Our Sides article is a fascinating piece that reveals that Canine Assembled has done a really terrible job keeping ITS State Secrets from the Humans. :-D
There is also a great Dog Family Tree 2 page spread with this piece, plus some great photos, and a swell tribute to the 2002 story of a Paraplegic German Shepherd, in a Canine Wheelchair, named Sonntag, and the cross country journey he took with his Human ( Cool photos! ). :-D
There is also a fun photo gallery of images taken by the great Dog Photographer Elliott Erwitt.
Thee article about The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, is very interesting.
The Reader's Favorite chapter, that ends the edition, features photos of 3 Dogs, and 4 Cats.
Despite its flaws I give the magazine 4 out of 5 Paws, and recommend it to anyone interested in Dogs, and Cats, wether you are a Dog, a Cat, or a Human. :-D
In the early fall Daddy Kiril had been thinking of maybe getting another shirt done to help promote the blog, but wasn't really thrilled with just using words like the first one 2 years ago.
The idea was that, using their online Design Lab, and our ideas, Daddy could have 2 T-Shirts made, for free, that would promote Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat...and all we had to do was share our thoughts about the experience, and the resultant shirts, on our blog.
At the start of December I received an e-mail from a representative of an online company based in Northern California.
As the person who contacted us wrote:
A few people in our office suggested I check out your blog, and I thought it was really well done and perfect for this opportunity. We rely on word of mouth and social media to market ourselves, so in exchange for the shirts, we'd love if we could have our shirts reviewed on your blog.
Sounds simple, right? Well, yes, and no.
We had orignally thought of using the badge in our sidebar, but that didn't pan out, so we got in contact with Ann, of Zoolatry, and discussed the notion of using elements from the badge that she designed last year, with a Writer/Journalist Theme, and asked her if she could give it some thought, and help us out.
What she came up with was brilliant, but it took 2 months of back & forth with the company, partly due to Holiday Interruptus, and partly to our not being familiar with the pixel requirements needed for best results, before everything was just right.
Along the way Ann came up with a couple of other design ideas, including for an Award Badge for us to present (Yes, you read right, bit more on that in a future post!).
SOPA explicitly states that companies will be liable for everything their users post. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, or any sites that allow user generated content CANNOT exist under these laws. Immediately after this bill is passed, you will see the media mafia (MPIAA, RIAA, etc) replacing websites like Wikipedia with commercialized encyclopedia software. Mainstream media outlets will not cover this bill because they are the ones lobbying for it.
If you want to know more - Google created a doc to read and inform - SOPA for Dummies.
Asking Americans to “engage your brain”, Glenn Beck boils down why the legislation is bad, stating it would make things less efficient and that the vague wording of the bills makes “ease of censorship” by the government “disturbing” and “China-esq”. But ultimately, Beck says that any regulation on the Internet should never be allowed because “it‘s the only thing left that isn’t regulated up the wazoo”.
I, Nikita, and Daddy Kiril (Musings of a Mad Macedonian and 2 other, long retired, Blogs), have been blogging since 2002, and Elvira Mistress of Felinity joined us in Fall 2010.
Those who have followed us over the years know that we are not only about Cute, and Funny, Photos (Although all 3 of us are Cute, and Funny!), but also about Writing Poetry, 100 Word Cat Stories, Humor, & Parodies, as well as fearlessly educating & informing, investigating, and also expressing our opinions, all in a no holds barred fashion.
We encourage you to explore our blogs, and spread the word if you like what you read. :-D
America, and Americans, are at risk of losing our Freedoms, Freedoms guaranteed us by the Founders when they wrote the Constitution.
If these bills pass through Congress, you, and your Human, can say goodbye to the Internet as we know it, including the young, and growing, Critter Blogging Community…and another piece of our liberty.
A Special Thank You to Ann, of Zoolatry, for the image, above.
The image, without the additions of extras related to this Alert, was not intended to be shared for a month, until Daddy received the items that the final version (Yes, size does matter, for some things, apparently, hee, hee!)of the image will hopefully appear on.
Ann has been working, very patiently, with Daddy, on this image, and some other special ones that we will soon debut, for over a month, and we will be forever grateful for her talents, and her friendship. :-D
The Image, above, will find a permanent spot, in the sidebar of this blog, and Daddy's as well, to show where we stand on the issue of Censorship.
***UPDATE - Noon***
We would like to thank the Cats of Wildcat Woods for being the 2000th comment left on this blog since it began on New Year's Day, 2010.
Reader support for what we do, here, is appreciated more than we can ever say! :-D
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