Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our 2nd Blog-O-Versary and "My 7 Links The Tripbase Blog Post Project"

Hi everyone! Mom  and I CANNOT believe that TWO years have passed since we published our first blog post on Cat Chat! Sunday, October 25, 2009 was our first post, you can read it here.

Months ago we were honored to be asked by Roxy The Traveling Dog to purrticipate in "My 7 Links:The Tripbase Blog Post Project" and of course with Mom being as wonderfully "on the ball" as she is, it took her so long to get around to posting about this, that three other wonderful bloggers, requested that Mom purrticipate as well. Those blogs are: Paw Print City Times, Affurmation, and My Brown Newfies. Anyone notice something surprising here? The blogs that asked Mom to purrticipate are all blogs about WOOFIES...now that's some kibble for thought I'll tell ya! We are honored!

Mom and I thought that our second blog-o-versary would be the purrfect time to purrticipate!

The goal of this blogging event is "to unite bloggers from all sectors in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again."

Here are the categories we were given along with our selections:

MOST BEAUTIFUL POST: "ZACK'S PRECIOUS MESSAGE" which  appeared Saturday, April 17, 2010. We feel that it is the most "beautiful" because even in a time of unimaginable grief, precious Zack was only thinking about sparing others the pain that he was going through at that time.
Zack and "Precious"

MOST POPULAR POST: "THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAT BREEDS" by Heather Kalinowski of Trupanion Pet Insurance. It appeared November 16, 2010. Yep, you literary  mavens will not be surprised to see that the most popular post was NOT written by either of the grammatical geniuses, Mom or myself. (Gasp! Surprise!) When Mom and I started this blog we decided to  lap up knowledge from the enormous cat bowl of intellect/experience  that is rampant in the Pet Blog-O-Sphere.

 Oh sure we could go to Wikipedia and look up a host of information about any given topic, but who wants to regurgitate misc. facts like a stagnant hairball? Certainly not "MOI" nor my Mom! We admit we are not "experts" in a variety of categories pertaining to cats and that is when we call in the "reserves!!", our guest bloggers/experts, YOU!  We are recreational cat lovers as are many of you. Mom and I believe that we should never stop learning,  we enjoy having YOU share your knowledge and expertise with us  as much as we love sharing YOUR knowledge with others!

MOST CONTROVERSIAL POST- "Cody Gets His Say" June 11, 2010. Not controversial as in the hot topic of the day,  in my world , "controversial" is defined as what is relevant to ME (Cody), that's my frame of reference and that is all that matters, are we on the same page?

MOST HELPFUL POST- "Cats And Christmas" which appeared twice, December 2009 and December 2010 and with Christmas just a turkey wing away we decided to pull it out of the vault and truss it up now.   "Fa-la-la-la-la" to US!

A POST WHOSE SUCCESS SURPRISED YOU- "Mahalo Monday" January 17, 2011. There IS truth to the rumor that there really ARE closet Barry Manilow and kidney stone fans out there!

Now, on to the blogs that I am passing this blog post project to. Many of you have already received an invitation to do this, these are just some of the blogs that I regularly follow and enjoy that I think haven't been invited to do the 7 links post yet:

The Chronicles Of Zee & Zoey

Brian's Home

Cindylus Muse

Feeling Beachie

Writ Rams

Mom and I would like to thank all of you for your love, laughs and support. If we didn't have YOU, WE wouldn't be HERE. We love CATS, we love YOU and HERE is exactly where WE want to BE!


  1. Happy Second Blog-o-versary, Caren and Cody! And OMD, what an honor, and supreme compliment :) Thank you very much. Concats on two successful years of sharing Cody's wisdom (and cuteness) - here's to the next two!

  2. Teeheehee! We're as guilty as you are, Cody. Someone invited us to do the same thing, can't remember who, and guess what, we haven't done it. Terrible, eh? But then....we have this policy of doing stuffs like this only once in three years... purrr...meow!

  3. Happy blog-o-versary Caren and Cody. You are the the first people I followed here on blogger, and I love you to bits (HUGS)!

  4. Happy Blogoversary! We had not readed any of the posts (except Mahalo Monday and the christmas post), so wes went and readed them! Excellent!
    We loved learning about the 7!

  5. Big congratulations, you two. I'm a mere newbie but this blogging caper is sure a lot of fun.

  6. Happy Blogoversary !!!! Caren and Cody !!!
    and I hope many years to come !!!!
    I couldn't believe this month have so much is going on in your family : ) Lots of celebration !!!
    Happy Month and Happy Blogoversary to you both
    Always love you
    and Cancats for award ! I will check it out : )
    Luv you two lots

  7. Awwwwwwww HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY beautiful Cody!!! Awwwwww!!! Me and Charlie love you too! Yay! Take care

  8. Congrats on your big milestone Caren. I enjoy your blog a lot even though I don't comment daily.

  9. Happy Blogaversary Cody and Caren! We love CAT CHAT and look forward to it every day. Fun pictures and stories and lots of great info for us too! Kitty Hugs and thanks for a super blog.

    Sammy (and his mom Pam)

  10. Happee Bloaversary. Great links
    Benny & Lily

  11. What a great blog post. Happy Happy Blogoversary to you...... So glad you have this wonderful blot.

    pawhugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

  12. @Kim you are most welcome!!! I may not always comment but I am ALWAYS reading!! I do have to ask you, just "two" more years????? lol....Ohhhh that's because you are worried that I won't even make it through ONE MORE when you hear my rants! lol!!

    @onespoiledcat (Sammy and Pam) awww thank you soooo much! That means a lot!! Sorry I haven't been around as much, my birthday was last week and I have been super busy (going to the casino today! YAY!) but I am reading and yours is adorable! Thank you!!!!

    @Diane thank you sooooo much!! You know I am the same!

    @Old Kitty thank you soooo much! We love you and Charlie too! xoxoxo

    @Mr Puddy oh no worries, we don't celebrate blogoversaries at home! lol. Just birthdays and gotcha days!! The "7 links" isn't really an award, it is something just interesting to do! You KNOW we love you too!! XOXOXO

    @Life With Lily, it sure is! But watch out, it starts to take over your life! lol

    @Nellie awwww thank you!! You are always so sweet Nellie!!!

    @Alittlesprite that means soooo much to me and that you are STILL with me! lol. You haven't left! We appreciate that! We "love you to bits" too, even if sometimes we can't always get over there like we would like to! We love you!!!

    @Au and Target, thanks!

    @Cat-from-Sydney MOL!!! Kinda like me not mailing your package yet (kidding!!!!) I know, these things take A LOT of time and I kept putting it off and putting it off but now it is FINALLY done! xoxoxo

  13. Happy Blogoversary. It's a great milestone, and you are still going strong!!

  14. Congratulations on two years of blogging!!! We love the blogging community too and we wish you many more years of great posts from Caren and Cody :-)

  15. Congratulations and Happy 2nd Blogoversary!

    Many thanks for your informative, interesting, funny and sweet posts all the time. We enjoy reading all of them and love to see you, your mom and sometimes Dakota and your dad here.

  16. Woooohoooo!! Happy 2nd Blog-O-Versary!! I know it takes a lot of work to keep a blog up, and am inspired by you hitting the 2yr mark! I ♥ you and your blog, and thank you again for being such a wonderful, supportive member of the cat blogging community!

  17. Yay!! Con"cat"ulations to you and Cody! :)

  18. @Benny & Lily thanks so much!

    @Le Chic Cat Lady, THANK YOU!

    @Catsparella awwwww THANK YOU!!!! That meant sooooooo much!!! Don't give any kudos to us, you do MULTIPLE posts per day (I only did that one or two times and if i did that regularly like YOU I would SHOOT myself! lol!!!!) There is nooooo way! I am even looking at in 2012 to get Cat Chat back down to the 3 posts per week that I started with but I have a feeling that won't happen lol. I need a life! Thank you! Thank you!! YOU are an inspiration to ME! xoxoxo

    @Priscilla you have been beyond faithful to us from the early days and Cody and I appreciate it more than we can say. You are ALWAYS here (unless you are taking a bloggie break lol!!) and the very fact that you are a DOG PERSON and STILL come here touches us more than you know! We adore you! xoxoxo

    @Cat thanks soooooooo much! xoxoxo

    @Mario thanks a million my friend!! Yep it is a milestone, "going strong?" I'm FLIPPING OUT MOL!!! xoxoxo

    @Max the Quilt Cat, I am HONORED. Your book was one of a number that I ADORED when I read/reviewed them. Cody and I are honored that you still continue to "hang around" us!!! We "heart" YOU!!!! xoxoxo

    Hi Everyone! The birthday celebration continues! If I don't approve the comments that are coming in in a timely manner, I am leaving for the CASINO with a dear girlfriend! I will be back later and will reply (hopefully richer lol), soooo if you don't see your comment posted right away, that is why, they WILL be up later when I approve them! xoxoxoxo

  19. Happy blogoversary! :)

    I loved reading your 7 Links. I hadn't read the post about Zack before. It really was a beautiful one.

  20. Caren, huge congrats on your 2nd blogoversary. Being a sentimental sort,I really enjoyed reading the first post. Here's to many more years of sharing what we love most: CATS! Thanks for supporting newbies like me.

  21. happy anniversary, glad to have discovered you, we found you via Fuzzy tails. Love Darcy and Bingley xx

  22. wow this is a wonderful day there!Happy blog anniversary!
    purrs and love
    Luna - wE LOVE LUNA

  23. Woo-hoo, Cody 'n Miss Caren... concatz on turnin' da big 2!! Dis iz coz fur celebrayshun, fur shur! (Ehem. U did rememba ta make da toona cake... didn't u, Miss Caren??) ;D
    xoxo frum Boomie & Mommy

  24. Happy Two Year Blogaversary! We've enjoyed reading along for the ride.
    Here's to reading many many more!

  25. Happy blogoversary, 2 years is some achievement! I'm going to go have a look at your first ever post now!! =^..^=

  26. Happy.Blogoversary!!! You did a great job with your magnificant 7 too!!! Thanks for sharing this with me, gotta put my thinking cap on fur sure!

  27. Happy Happy Blogoversary, Caren and Cody!!!!!!
    I am so glad I was able to stop by for a visit on this day of celebration!
    Shawn, Chloe, Cecil and Winston too!

  28. happy days!! I'll toast your blogoversary with a wee dram of Jamesons' Irish Whiskey!

  29. Happy blogoversary! I'm going to have to check out those other posts.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  30. @Pup Fan thank you sooo much! Zack is a true sweetheart, he now has another kitty, I was quite touched by him.

    @wockley woooo hoooo that sounds fantastic! Wish I were there to indulge too! Thank you!

    @Shawn thank you! I am happy that you could stop by too!

    @Brian thank you soooo much! You were one of the first that I followed during my first year of blogging and trust me, you have had sooooo many incredible posts that the only trouble you will have is deciding which ones to use!

    @Kitcaboodles thank you! To be honest that post was super bad, I had NO CLUE what I was doing! lol

    @Tucker thank you!

    @Repositorio thank you!

    @Katnip Lounge awwww thank you!!! We soooooo enjoyed having you along for the ride and are counting on you being in the front seat for many more posts! We adore your blog which is consistently a gem!

    @GlamKitty thank you!!! The tuna cake was lip smacking delicious!

    @Luna thank you sooooooo much!

    @Darcy and Bingley YAY!! So pleased to meet you!! We are thrilled that you found us through fuzzy tails!! So happy to have you here! We will check out your blog as well!

    @Layla you are so far from being a "newbie" that it isn't even funny! You are mega talented in so many areas and I thank you for your kind words. That first post was pretty darned awful since I had no idea what I was doing but yes, I am also sentimental so it means quite a bit to me. I am honored to know you and LOVE your blog, I learn from you with each and every post! Thank you again!

  31. @Oskar thank you soooo much!

    @Cynthia thank you!!!

  32. Happy Blogoversary, Caren and Cody! I always enjoy seeing the 7 Links meme.

  33. Happy Second Blog-o-versary to you! :-)

  34. @Ingrid thank you so much!

    @CatAndTheCoffeeCup thank you!!!

  35. Congrats on two years blogoversary! It has been fun for us too.

  36. Happy Happy Blogoversary!! Here's to many more years of blogging...and enjoying us cats!!

  37. Happy Blogoversary! May you have lots more posts in your future Caren and Cody! We love reading them.

  38. Happy 2nd Blog-O-Versary. I'm thrilled to have found y'all. Looking forward to many more years.

    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

  39. @Fin thank you!!! I soooo enjoy reading yours as well and your book was hilarious!

    @Mason thank you soooo much!

    @The Island Cats thank you and yes!

    @Natalie thank you!

    @Cats of Wildcats Woods thank you! It sure has!

  40. Oh Dog! Congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone. I know blogging is not easy, so your persistence is commendable! woo woo woo!

  41. Happy 2nd Blogoversary to you!

  42. Congrats on your second blogovesary! XOXO

  43. Congrats on your 2nd Blogoversary! How excellent! And that is awesome that you were selected for the Tripbase Blog Post Project!

  44. Happy 2 years of blogging. And thanks for sending me the link to the post. You're awesome!!

  45. @rumpydog "persistence" oh yessss that is a word that describes me and always will! I am exhausted (especially having started Dakota's blog this Spring-EPIC MISTAKE! lol) Thank you!

    @Mary, Roxy and Torrey you are most welcome and THANK YOU for including me!

    @Clooney Awww thank you sooooooo much!

    @Amin thank you!

    @Luxington thank you sooo much! xoxoxo

    @Daisy thank you!!

  46. Congrats on 2 years and thanks for sharing. I love Cody Gets His Say and am not thrilled to know the one breed I have fallen in love with is in the top 5 of health insurance claims. Oh well, you can't control who you fall in love with.

    I do have to make 1 clarification, afFURmation is not just about the canines. With 6 felines, they just wouldn't allow it, neither would the avians, the lagamorph or the mustelids. We try to think of ourselves as being non-species specific. Of course, the avians think I need to change the blog name, but fur outnumbers feathers in this house so the name stays.


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