Monday, January 21, 2019

Squirrel Appreciation Day

We were so busy hugging and smooching yesterday we almost forgot it was also SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY! A trip to the deck slider to watch the happy birds feasting in Carol's restaurant yielded some different creatures yesterday whose strange habits of twitching their tail delectably were a sight to behold. We were a little afraid at first but our human told us there was nothing to worry about, squirrels have to have dinner too, so we relaxed and enjoyed the show! You can read all about Squirrel Appreciation Day here!



Sunday, January 20, 2019

2019 Pet Blogger Challenge

We decided to (gulp) take the Pet Blogger Challenge this year and sheesh, we feel challenged already just thinking about it!   Best to just, um PLUNGE IN!  Without further ado, we'll answer the 
challenge questions!




1. FOR THOSE VISITING YOUR BLOG FOR THE FIRST TIME, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING & WHAT IS YOUR MAIN TOPIC?

March 2019 will be our 4th blogoversary. Our blog features the adventures &  humorous relationship of Peaches & Paprika, my 2 beloved, quirky tiger-calico sisters.  Our blog is for entertainment & has no socially redeemable value (well maybe a little)!  We provide an upbeat, happy place for visitors!  We celebrate many "fun" holidays, like National Bubble Bath Day & Popcorn Day, both this month. In the latter, Peaches & Paprika are suddenly attacked by popcorn. 

2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?


Creating 3 online slideshows for local shelters. (Guess that's socially redeemable!)  We were told afterwards the shows helped with adoptions! We're also proud of building a really nice little community on our Facebook page of individuals who genuinely enjoy our furballs. Some of these individuals also read our blog.

3. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018 and how did you tackle it?

Fitting blogging in with the rest of our life  is a continuing challenge.  We also started the process of being organized and (sometimes) planning ahead.  We created books (by year) of previous blog posts with "blog2print" software. Blog2Print quality is not the best but helps us  keep track of what we did when. Having a record helps us when we need to recreate an interesting post from a year or 2 back which we sometimes use as a fun flashback.  


4. Which of your 2018 posts was your favorite and why?



Our favorite was National
Tooth Fairy Day because we got to dress up and it's silly and fun & decorative.  We also had a blast with Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day because we got to look up outrageous country song lyrics & country songs & then find backgrounds and a cowboy hat or 2 to make photo "cartoons" out of them.


5. Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Did you implement a new feature in 2018?

The 4th Annual Meowy Catmas Show was the most popular since 40+ enthusiastic, talented bloggers, decked out in holiday gear participated in our online slideshow. We've done
the video every year and it continues be enjoyed. Runner up was Our 3rd Blogoversary post because it showed a panorama of what we created through the year. (Or maybe everyone just liked the cartoons!)

One new featureWe gave our blog a new more professional look via Glogirly's talented designer Debbie G. We really love it! Oh! And after years of procrastination, we bought a domain and became a dot.com!


6. As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?


We've put a lot of energy into our Facebook page & are proud to have very engaged fans who love our quirky cats & there are lots of comments & shares. It's wonderful when your labors of love are reciprocated. We link maybe 1 post out of 4 to our blog, so it does increase traffic. (one has to be careful these days about  "linking" vs. original content. As we understand it, Facebook distributes your post to a smaller audience when your page has a lot of links...at least that's today's word.)


7. Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is? What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?


Our goal: We totally dearly and from the heart want to write 2 or 3 books based on some of our blog posts. We certainly have uber-much material by now!

Steps we're taking: Just now beginning research on how to create a book (?!?!) Checking out Kindle Publishing, Lulu, and starting to check various options. Simultaneously working out which themes and selecting/organizing  posts to use. Just starting, though!


9.  Now it's your turn! How can we help?  Is there an area where you could use some advice? Share it here and we'll answer you in comments!



Yes, Help please!!  Can you point us in the right direction re how to create a book we can sell as both an e-book &  paperback book on Amazon? We've used Blurb for photo books but costs are too high for sales. Right now we have readers (I think!) who would buy it but not sure how long we'll have this pleasant situation! So...options for publishing or self-publishing to start? Or what to read/how to research? Does anyone have any experience with the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Option?

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Also plan to monetize our blog/Facebook page, after the book is done.  

Many thanks for reading through our long long answers and wishing for all of you to fly just an inch or two closer to your hearts' desire...





















Happy early Hugging Day


Paprika here! This important hugging day is actually celebrated January 21 (tomorrow). We prefer to get a head start because 1) Hugging is cool and 2) we have lots more time for hugging on a snowy weekend afternoon!

National Hugging Day, as you can plainly see, is not limited to humans (though they are encouraged to participate!) I love being hugged by Peaches because when she's in a good mood, I feel so safe & protected snuggled in her Paws!

Among the benefits are boosting serotonin, lowering blood pressure, improving cardiac health and increasing relaxation among both participants.  We can attest to that!

We are joining Cat On My Head's Sunday Hop today & wish all of you warm hugs and more today & all week long!


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Popcorn Peaches & Paprika


We were minding our own business when suddenly we were ATTACKED BY POPCORN.  What a mess!  while we were defending ourselves, poor Peaches was literally flipped in the air..but we found out what had happened.   NATIONAL POPCORN DAY, an obscure holiday, had taken us by surprise.  But we rose to the occasion!  A few kernels hit our noses but we did a great job of self defense!  Wishing your humans a happy Popcorn Day.  Have some! We do suggest you kitties run like H___ if you see them coming your way though!

PS: You can read about this fun day by clicking the link.  We're joining Athena & Marie's Caturday Hop today. Looking forward to saying hello...