At BlogPaws I found myself sitting between two finalists for the DogTime blogger awards…cat blogger finalists! We were an unlikely table – me, who has published 13 books on dogs in the past year, sitting in between Cat Lady Land and Sparkle Cat! You know what, though? We had a lovely time! Talking with them truly reinvigorated my excitement about Happy Tails Books’ upcoming book, Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Cats.
I’ve got to say, getting to know Angie Bailey of Cat Lady Land helped me get back in touch with my inner cat lady! I mean, I love everything about Angie – from her hair to her ability to find humor in everything. She’s a mom, a successful blogger, and she’s got great style, to boot. So here’s my interview with Angie, one of my new favorite cat ladies!
UFP: Hi Angie. Catladyland is a blog with great photos and interesting content. How long have you been blogging for and what compelled you to start?
AB: I’ve been writing for most of my life, but have only been blogging since January of 2009. I started blogging because 1) I enjoy writing 2) I love humor and 3) My cats provide endless opportunities for entertainment, and I wanted to share their shenanigans with others.
UFP: How do you come up with topics to write about? Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough to write about, or do you always have too much?
AB: I try to talk about day-to-day topics and ideas that are floating around my brain. If I have a great picture, I will create a blog entry around that. I have a very vivid imagination and an offbeat sense of humor, so I can usually come up with something crazy on which to write. I sometimes wonder if people question my sanity. They probably should…
UFP: Many people say they tried to blog for a week and then they just gave up. Did you have any trouble keeping up with posting when you first started your blog?
AB: I started with a very easy goal: two blog posts a week. Because the goal was manageable, I was able to keep up with the posts. As time progressed, the blog’s readership increased, and I became more enthusiastic and motivated to write. Now I write almost daily, but I don’t scold myself if I miss a day. My recommendation is to start with a bite-sized goal, write about what you love, and make sure to comment on other blogs — that will help you connect with others and build readership for your own blog.
UFP: What is the most rewarding thing about writing your blog?
AB: I love when I can connect with readers who “get” my posts. They can see my story somewhere in their lives and we can laugh together. Good writing is all about connecting with the reader and I love that!
UFP: Thanks, Angie.
Well, folks, there you have it. Please check out Angie’s eclectic and humorous blog and consider whether a blog would be “write” for you! (Oh, am I dorky!) For those foster parents reading my blog, I highly recommend keeping a blog of all your fostering experiences. It’s a great way to keep your memories and help novice fosters who may run into similar issues. If you do keep a foster blog, please write me and let me know about it.