Lou Belcher's latest release is The Zen of Max (a memoir of great wisdom and many naps). It's a memoir of an ordinary cat with extraordinary wisdom, love and compassion as well as a few quirks..
Lou started a blog for Max (her snowshoe point mix) to help her finish his book. Soon enough, Max's voice took over the blog. So, this post is from Max as it's only fitting that he post about pet blogging from his point of view.
Max here... I'm so glad to have this opportunity to talk to you about my experiences of pet blogging. I never dreamed I would have my own blog as a forum - especially after crossing the Rainbow Bridge. In a nutshell, here's how it all started:
You see, Lou Belcher is my food human. (As a point of reference, let me explain that I call her HH. That's short for Her Highness -- it's a term of endearment and it has stuck.)
HH started me on my path to becoming a pet blogger. I didn't have a clue what the blogosphere was about, but I soon found out when HH put up the blog and called it
http://www.MaxTheQuiltCat.com. Before the blog, my mission was to sit on as many quilts as possible. Now, that is still a priority, but I have much loftier goals too.
The blog started because of the book (The Zen of Max). Before I crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the age of 18 1/2, HH started to write a book about me. When I died, she put it aside. She missed me so much, she just couldn't write about me anymore.
Almost two years later, she decided that she needed to finish it. To help her get over the block of writing about me, she decided to give me a blog. It worked... not only did she finish the book, but the blog thrives. (And....shhhhhhh.... I'll tell you a secret. HH doesn't like hearing it, but my blog receives more comments and attention than hers... hee hee... and I have over 2,000 followers on Twittter... just saying, with all modesty of course, that there's something happening here.)
So, the blog started about two years ago, and I do love writing it. At first, I was all paws and was a little stiff. But now, I look forward everyday to posting what's new in the cat world and commenting on the blogs of others.
I bet you're wondering how a cat can have so much to say. Well, I blog about all sorts of things. I've even written a short mystery novel on line (with me as the hero of the story, of course). I blog about Knuckles and Bugsy (those are my two nephews HH just rescued from the SPCA) and I throw in the occasional book review or product reviewB (about cat and dog products). And, once a week, I put up the picture of one of the pets from the SPCA of North Brevard who needs a forever home. We all need to do as much as possible to find homes for those who don't have them. That's for sure.
I must admit that when I started blogging, I didn't think it would grow into all of this. But HH and I have found it wonderful to have a platform to bring the fun of pets to the public as well as to bring the need of pets to the readers. Now, I'm just leading my life in cyberspace and loving it.
Thanks for listening to me... Let me leave you with one of my favorite Lessons Learned from The Zen of Max... It's about sticking to your guns... you may quote me.
"If you want to be carried, someone will eventually carry you. You just have to be willing to be left behind a few times until they realize that you mean business - you will not walk on a leash."That's my post and my story.... Have a super day everybody... Max loves ya!