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 we'll answer the challenge questions!

1.  For Those visiting Your Blog For the First Time, How Long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?

March 2019 will be my, believe it or not, FOURTH(!) blogoversary. My blog is about the adventures AND sisterly somewhat competitive territorial but never dull relationship of Peaches and Paprika, my two beloved, quirky tiger-calico sisters.  Our blog is strictly for entertainment and has no socially redeemable nor instructional value (well maybe a little) !  We celebrate many of the "fun" holidays, like National Bubble Bath Day and National Popcorn Day, both this month. In the latter, Peaches & Paprika are suddenly attacked by popcorn. We try to provide an upbeat, happy place for visitors!

2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?

Creating three online slideshows for various shelters after which I was told the shows helped with their adoptions! I am also proud of building a really nice little community on Peaches and Paprika's Facebook page of individuals who genuinely enjoy my furballs and engage with my posts regularly. Some of these individuals read my blog as well.

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

Fitting blogging in with the rest of my life and still HAVING a life was and is a continuing challenge.  And being organizedI tackled it by doing my posts first thing in the morning. I also started the process of being organized and (sometimes) planning ahead.  I also created books by year of my previous blog posts so I could keep track of what I did when. This helped when I had nothing to say but had an interesting post a year or 2 or 3 back I could recreate as a fun flashback.  Importantly also, I gave my blog a new look via help from Glogirly's talented designer Debbie G. Oh! And I bought my domain and became a!

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

My favorite was National Tooth Fairy Day because it is so silly and fun and decorative.  I also had a blast with Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day because I got to look up outrageous lyrics and country songs and then find backgrounds and a cowboy hat or two to make photo "cartoons" out of them.

5.  Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well? Did you implement a new series, feature or practice on your blog in 2018 that you're enjoying? 

The 4th Annual Meowy Catmas Show was probably the most popular, since it was a slideshow created for 40+ enthusiastic talented bloggers all decked out in their holiday gear.  I've done this every year and though it's a challenge to "round everyone up," it continues to get positive comments!  Runner up was Our 3rd Blogoversary because it showed a panorama of what we'd done through the year. (Or maybe everyone just liked the cartoons!)

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

I've put a lot of energy into Peaches and Paprika's Facebook page and am proud to have reached over 9000 LIKES. More importantly, though, their fans are very engaged with my cats and there are lots of comments and shares. It's a wonderful feeling when your labors of love are reciprocated. I link to my blog, maybe one post out of 4, so it brings more traffic to my blog as well. (one has to be careful these days about the "linking" as opposed to original content. As I understand it, Facebook distributes your post to a smaller audience when your page has a lot of least that's the word for today.)  

7. Looking forward got 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?

My goal: I totally dearly and from the heart want to write two or three books from my blog. I certainly have uber-much material by now!

Steps I'm taking: I am just now beginning research on how to do a book. Checking out Kindle Publishing, Lulu, and starting to check my options. Simultaneously working out 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, or an aspect of your blog you'd like input on?  share it here and we'll answer you in comments!

Yes, Help!  Can you point me in the right direction re how to create a book I can sell as both an e-book and paperback book on Amazon? Right now I have readers (I think!) who would buy it but not sure how long I'll have this pleasant situation! So...options for publishing or self-publishing to start? Or what to read? Anyone have any experience with the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Option?

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

Many thanks for reading through my long long answers and wishing all of you getting 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...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Dress Up Your Pet Day - Our crochetted hats

Here I am, "hamming it up" with my favorited crocheted hat on "Dress Up Your Pet Day". I have to admit I've only found one hat I like -- this one.  The way it caresses my ears is delectable!  My sis-fur Paprika (below) is just the opposite.

Good morning, Paprika here! MY idea of celebrating this day and wearing a hat is to Hide UNDER the hat...or hide the hat itself.  A girl has her pride. I refuse to show off like my haughty sis-fur Peaches.

Have fun, everyone with Dress Up Your Pet Day. The idea is to be stylish and have a good time for all, but never force it! Comfort is all! If your kitty doesn't like your heart's desire costume, you will have to celebrate in other ways!  there are always "virtual costumes" now that we have our computers!  Will your cat be dressing up today, virtually or for real?

PS: This hat was made by the famous "grammy, " mom of my friend Ellen of the the blog, 15 and Meowing.  Mroww!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Blue-eyed Gurrrls - Caturday Art

 Paprika the cat here! I decided to try life as a blue & white chick....after all, one needs a break from all those peachy  colors....Hey its kind of cool to be a blue-eyed cat. Wonder
 if I can get more dates? Vive Le Difference!

Good morning, Peaches here! I'm trying out the blue and white look too.  I'm not quite used to it yet, as you can see from my slightly dubious look.  After all my name IS Peaches. But Paprika wanted to try this new look out.  Once in a while I let her have her way.

Our human tried out the Painnt filter for these effects, and used the "Bistro" Brush. Happy Caturday to all! We're joining Athena and Marie's hop today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bubble Bath Fantasy

We decided to make an exception to the "cats hate water" deal since it's National Bubble Bath Day. You can read all about this fun holiday HERE! My sis-fur, Paprika, she was even more silly than usual.  She insisted on cleaning weird places on her leg, that's her HIND leg coming up out of the tub and holding the brush!  This is so embarrassing!  Plus she got water all over the flower. However we wish everyone a happy Bubble Day.  The purpose of this fun day is to immerse yourself and everyone you know in bubbles. (except for cats since this is just a fantasy! -- Peaches the cat

Today we are joining Comedy Plus' Wednesday hop as well as Dash Kitten, Bionic Basil & Barking from the Bayou's Blog Hop!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy Cuddle Up Day

This is a wonderful time for me to cuddle with my sis-fur, Peaches for National Cuddle Up Day!  Winter is the ideal time for snuggling in general with --humans, animasl or toys.  Being as how Peaches is a close relative, I can't think of a better creature to snuggle with.  Of course the holiday is ALSO for humans.  Who is YOUR pick to cuddle up with?  -- Paprika the Cat

Today we're participating in Cat On My Head's Blog Hop. Happy Snuggly winter to all!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Snow Princesses Peaches & Paprika - Caturday Art

Princesses Peaches & Paprika here. Okay, so it's not REALLY snowing yet but we wanted to get ready for the whole snow scene (which we KNOW is coming) by pretending to be snow princess. Soon it will not be pretend! The snow effects are from Imikimi & the frame made in PicMonkey. Happy Caturday to all!  We're joining Athena and  Marie's Caturday Hop today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year to our Furrrrriends!

Wishing our dear friends happiness, health, love and light for the New Year.  One of our New Year's resolutions are to visit you guys more often!  Thank you for being our friends and for all your holiday greetings! Love, Carol, Peaches and Paprika