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Cat Blog Hiatus or Farewell Is In The Stars

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Cat Weblog Hiatus or Farewell Is In The Stars aka skilled cat blogger calls it quits by Layla Morgan Wilde.

After eight years, 2000+ posts, quite a few accolades and milestones, I’ve reached a running a blog crossroads. It’s not the primary time however this time feels totally different. It reminds of the time I ended being a vegetarian after 7 years.

Truthful warning. This can be a lengthy and weird submit for me. It’s my hope that it illuminates a tiny sliver of the running a blog world and my position in it.

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I’d spent most of my twenties vegan, then vegetarian. After seven years, it not felt proper. Someday with none deliberation, I needed of issues, a scorching canine. Not a tofu canine however an all beef, all dressed scorching canine from Harvey’s, a Canadian burger chain. There was no debate with my inside foodie. Logic would have dictated a extra luxurious selection like a juicy steak grilled to perfection. No, I solely needed that scorching canine. However what about that poor cow and thriller meat bits? What about my dedication to animal welfare and planetary ecology?

Maybe a compromise might be reached however then a extra highly effective voice spoke. Take heed to your physique. You’re carried out. With no second’s discover, I high-tailed to my nearest Harvey’s and with out an oz of guilt I chomped down on my scorching canine. It was good and I’ve by no means regretted it. In reality, I’d love one proper now.

  • (Running a blog lesson # 398: Don’t weblog when ravenous.) Since then, I indulge within the occasional meat or fish meal and I proceed to take heed to my physique. Often.

It might have been a humble scorching canine nevertheless it was a defining second in my life. I might not name myself vegan or vegetarian. By the identical token, if I ended running a blog, I might not name myself a blogger. Life is filled with cycles, of defining moments. Typically the road in drawn within the sand ceaselessly whereas typically we fall off our path however can return.

Goals, Stars and the Nice Void.


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Probably Clyde’s final look might evolve right into a e-book cowl or ?

If I’m to consider my astrology transits, a it’s pivotal level of no return. Btw, many people might really feel out of types this month. Mercury turned retrograde at the moment and lasts till the top of the month signaling communication, journey and tech confusion. The brand new moon tomorrow is a key level of latest beginnings with Uranus, the planet of sudden modifications strikes into Taurus when it’ll sit for the subsequent seven years. In my case, it’s in my 10th home of profession and social standing.

I extremely advocate studying extra about your astro transits to assist put together for and navigate the inevitable change. When you take pleasure in astrology, podcasts and a few free recommendation, I recommend The Leo King or Astro Shaman. Additionally they have useful YouTube movies.

I had a dream on the weekend with a transparent directive to give up Cat Knowledge 101, identical to that.

Because the dream pale and actuality set in, so did doubt. Might I simply cease in any case these years. Wasn’t that profession suicide? Maybe but when an contaminated leg wants amputation, a band-aid gained’t do. I assumed if I blogged much less typically and spend much less time on social media I’d be saved. You realize hold my foot within the door.  My running a blog dwindled through the years from 7 days every week to as soon as every week however there was extra social media, search engine optimization and algorithms to fret about.

It will be utter folly to throw away my 24/7 cat life however like they are saying, “You possibly can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.” In contrast to a cat, I don’t have 9 lives. Wait, neither do they however I really feel like I’ve lived by means of least 19.

A compromise may be to pare again and simply do my month-to-month calendar in a single huge weblog publish. And what concerning the gazillion photograph quotes and unedited posts  ready within the wings to be revealed? Oh, these cute graphics I can’t wait to share for St. Patrick’s Day and Mom’s Day. See, this is the reason running a blog is addictive. I might take one other running a blog break however I want greater than a break. A hiatus feels bogus. I do know plenty of bloggers who go on hiatus and by no means return.

What’s the worst that may occur? I lose all the things I’ve labored years continuous for however discover my sanity?

It doesn’t matter what occurs, I’ll maintain creating in a number of modalities. It’s nonetheless a pleasure once I discover an previous photograph to make use of in a weblog submit like as we speak’s featured picture. I’d taken it on the Rubin Museum in New York three years in the past. Guests have been requested to write down on a bit of paper what sacred area meant to them earlier than tossing it right into a collective bowl. Whereas paper is analog, the idea to make use of it for this submit match. Curious to seek out out what occurred to the interactive exhibit, I Googled it and located a video about it. Wow,  it made me keep in mind why I liked running a blog. Who knew eight,000 individuals felt compelled to write down on these little items of paper.

I don’t know what the sacred area of the blogosphere is. It’s not all peace, love and purrs.The underbelly fact about running a blog in a distinct segment like cats or canine, is canine eat canine. Yeah, there a number of variety bloggers who care however simply because somebody loves cats, doesn’t imply they’re heat and fuzzy.  They’re nonetheless human with human foibles and a wild number of agendas. Sorry for kicking the sacred cow. To the uninitiated, it’s a mixture of enjoyable and doing good. It’s extra like a catty combine of highschool and the Housewives TV present of no matter metropolis you favor. Humorous on reflection and admittedly unbelievable.

Some bloggers and readers vanish however many who used to remark not do. Did I do one thing to diss them? Who is aware of however the primary purpose is probably going tit for tat. As soon as I ended commenting as typically, different bloggers stopped visiting. None of it issues. Each running a blog area of interest has their very own cliques and hierarchy.

Running a blog lesson #22. Behind each weblog is a human even when the blogger is a cat. People aren’t purrfect so don’t take something one other blogger says personally. That goes for compliments and critiques. Take all of it with a grain of salt. Running a blog is just not for the thin-skinned. I used to get angsty why some bloggers appeared to be higher or luckier till I came upon the backstory. There’s all the time a backstory. There’s all the time a worth for each success. It’s straightforward to cover on-line. To cover ache behind smiles or cute cat movies. It’s not value being jealous of any blogger, individual or cat. That features me.

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So, right here I’m standing at a precipice about to leap into the void. There isn’t any turning again. I’ll stand wavering for a bit on the edge however I should take that subsequent leap into the unknown quickly. The choice will decide and outline my id. If I’m not within the cat running a blog world any extra, who or what am I? Paradoxically, I by no means needed to be a blogger. I needed to be a author, an writer and running a blog helped bridge the 2. I’m a printed writer now however so what? Running a blog snatched valuable time away from guide writing and drove a wedge into my creativity. I’ve a dozen incomplete writing tasks amassing mud to point out for it.

  • Running a blog lesson #99. If you wish to be an writer: WRITE don’t weblog. And should you’re already a author don’t get bamboozled into writing a weblog as a result of somebody stated it’s a great way to develop your platform. You’d be higher off visitor posting at one other weblog. Stick to at least one social media platform and grasp it.
  • Running a blog lesson #188. In the event you’re sitting on the fence about running a blog for the hell of it, don’t hassle. The world doesn’t want one other weblog until you’re Seth Godin’s clone. In that case, please do. When you have an fascinating pet, pastime or way of life do Instagram as an alternative. Curate belongings you love to write down about on Pinterest.
  • Running a blog lesson #57. Running a blog is addictive. Don’t be fooled by the dopamine reward hits. Wow, I hit my first 10,000 weblog views or wow, 100,000 month-to-month views bing, bing, bing. Aw, aren’t I beloved getting 50 feedback. I need to actually be beloved if the feedback aren’t from fellow bloggers. Bing, bing, bing. Perhaps you’re a rockstar/guru in any case. Perhaps not. Ultimately, none of it issues. There’ll all the time be somebody with greater numbers.
  • Running a blog lesson #eight. The Web is limitless however opposite to motivational quotes, you aren’t. Know your limits. Set wholesome boundaries and objectives. I’ve waved goals of actually making a distinction to cats goodbye. I do know I’ve made a distinction and each life counts however my ardour value me my well being and virtually my life. Sure, actually. Now, that’s a guide.
  • Running a blog lesson # 29. Running a blog is about creating content material on-line which is digital actuality and sometimes pretend. It might have features of actuality like your phrases or pictures being be printed and held in your hand, for actual. Don’t mechanically consider something you see or learn on-line. Likelihood is it’s smoke and mirrors or Photograph-shopped at greatest.
  • Running a blog Lesson #171. Don’t anticipate your fellow bloggers or readers to be actual pals. In my ebook, actual buddies nonetheless require a face-to-face, let’s have dinner, speak on the telephone to regularly construct a degree of belief. I’ve stated needed to say goodbye to many blogger “buddies” over damaged belief. That stated: there are some  bloggers who click on and turn into real buddies. Rely your self very lucky to have even one blogger in your area of interest to name a good friend.

I might go on and on however it will lapse into an e-book diatribe concerning the darkish aspect of running a blog and I’ve sufficient unfinished tasks. In addition to, Clyde wants his insulin shot and I want some sleep.

I’m not asking on your help, commiseration or strategies or God forbid, pity, however I’m *waving wildly* with because of all my fixed readers. I particularly need to acknowledge all of the very long time subscribers who’ve rode the ups and downs of this lengthy journey. You’re the greatest. Thanks! With out you I might have give up years in the past.

Should you’d wish to know what occurs subsequent in my running a blog/writing/life journey, please be or keep a subscriber. Any updates will solely occur by way of e mail. I’m guarding my power and will be unable to answer feedback, messages or emails. Thanks prematurely. See you (I hope) on the opposite aspect of the leap.

With a lot love and gratitude,



I’ve been wading via the weblog archives, updating search engine optimisation, modifying posts plus importing new pictures. It’s painstaking, time consuming however weirdly satisfying. It’s a helpful train whether or not I find yourself promoting the area (unlikely), re-purposing content material or no matter. Whereas digging by way of particular person posts, I forgotten how large and all-encompassing the physique of labor is. There’s sufficient content material to edit and create multiple ebook or one thing totally new. It’s plenty of housekeeping regardless. There are tons of spam feedback to manually decide via and take away (ugh, earlier than we carried out extra rigorous anti-spam filters) after which there’s the query of what to do with all my social media accounts.

I’ve been nearly a ghost on-line, tardy returning e mail, however grateful for my Instagram volunteer admin who retains issues at the very least @blackcatsofig afloat. A giveaway on Instagram ends this week. It might be the final one ever and it is going to be a really good shock for the winner.

WHAT! Are you continue to studying? The small print of wrapping up running a blog life is just like the prep work required earlier than taking an extended trip or a organizing a funeral — exhausting. As tempting as it’s to drop every thing and vanish, it’s not in my Nordic DNA is shirk duty. I really feel dangerous sufficient for not returning many emails.


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I’ve modified the weblog header to incorporate a photograph of Merlin who was there initially of Cat Knowledge 101 and in my life for 21 years. It seems higher on cellular that desktop however I acquired uninterested in fiddling. The photograph above is one in every of my favorites and a harbinger of change.  Once I initially posted it, Merlin was nonetheless kicking as was the writer of the poem, Mary Oliver. Each at the moment are lifeless and wonderful patch of inexperienced by Gris Gris’s cat grave is Merlin’s mossy memorial backyard.

The mossy wheel of life retains rolling with or with out us.

The cats are all getting previous and require 24/7 care which has hampered my well being and skill to work. Plus it seems to be like we will probably be shifting home after 18 years. The place and when precisely is up within the air. My plate is and has been method too full for much too lengthy. Good day, Universe, a miracle can be welcome proper about now ?

Grasp in there, spring is on the best way!

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