Hey dearest furiends, it’s soooooooo good to see ya’ll. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s wan’t so sure we’d actually be here today. Why you ask? Well, as most of ya’ know, Thursday was mommy’s birthday. It’s not like she had big plans or anything; but, she does like to spend it just enjoying us and watching movies on the tube. Well, things were going purretty well fur the most pawrt. We were under a tornado watch, it was storming outside a bit and hurricane Zebby was raging inside, but it wasn’t really a big deal. Till that is about 8:30 that evening. Mommy was just about to fix her something fur dinner. It was a balmy 90° when suddenly the power went out. A bolt of lightning sparked past that penetrated our blackout curtains and what followed was pure horror.
Hey dearest furiends, it’s really good to see you. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s wasn’t sure ifin the winds and storms were ever gonna let up. But alas, they have…at least fur the moment. Mommy says that’s just pawrt of living in the South and Tornado alley.
Hey dearest furiends, how’ve ya’ been? It’s been a little crazy around here this week. The neighbor, Mrs. N has really kept mommy hopping. Ya’ know, mommy’s lived with an enormous amount of pain and her disabilities fur a long time. But just cuz she’s getting around doesn’t mean she’s having a good day. Mrs. N however, seems to think mommy’s some kind of super hero, or at the very least, that mommy isn’t really struggling. It’s not that mommy doesn’t wanna help, but Kittens, I’s wanna spend time with mommy too.
Hey dearest furiends, how’ve ya’ been? It seems like I’s haven’t meowed at you in furever. You may have noticed a few changes to the look, setup and name of our blog. Don’t worry, we plan on keeping some of our old traditions along with making some new ones. We’d really luvs to hear what you think. And purrlease, the honest truth only. Ifin you have any suggestions, we’d appreciate hearing those too. As you know, mommy’s not very technical and has had to teach herself a ton in her attempts to help us keep up over the years. Meowing of, today seemed like the purrfect time fur the 2021 Pet Blogger’s Journey, right mommy?
You’re right baby. I’ve certainly learned a lot in the past few years, and even more in the last year. It’s easy to join the 2021 Pet Blogger’s Journey. Just answer the 10 questions found here, publish your post between 1/10-16/2021 and link up here. There’s a badge you can grab as well. So, let’s get to it.
1. When did you begin your blog and what do you currently write about on your blog?
We began DezizWorld in February of 2014 by complete accident. That accident has been one of the greatest Blessings in our lives. We have made the most amazing friends and met so many wonderful people and anipals we never would have had the opportunity to know otherwise. We began to tell the story of my amazing service cats and to bring awareness to the capacity of animals other than dogs to perform such duties. We post about our daily lives, adventures, training tips, information on health and all things feline.
Our first photo. Really bad camera and no editing or cropping knowledge.
2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2020, that made you most proud.
Well, 2020 wasn’t a very good year fur us. It wasn’t fur a lot of peeps. But, we were also dealing with Dezi’s continued illness and it’s progression which culminated into our having to say goodbye in December. With everybody’s lives in such turmoil we wrote about the necessity for an emergency contact fur your pets, and the need fur proper planning here. And of course, we ended the year with our annual Blessing Train event, which we’re always proud of.
3. Which of your 2020 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?
It seems our most popular post in 2020 was actually from 2016, How to Train Kitty to massage without claws. You can see it here. It was followed by our Goodbye to sweet Dezi here. Of course we’re only guessing, but most peeps luv it when their kitty “makes biscuits” they just don’t like the poking of kitty’s claws. Our post tells one how to train kitty to keep those cute sharp little things sheathed so that everybody can be happy. And of course, saying goodbye to our blog’s namesake kind of goes without saying.
4. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2020, and how did you tackle it?
Our biggest blogging challenge was time. And to be honest, I didn’t tackle it very well. Things with Dezi really took a toll on me and I let it. We’re still trying to resolve the situation with our property damage from the apartment remodel. My health got worse during that time and I’ve never bounced back, so I’m trying to get used to a new normal with my own health as well. Our car broke down and has left us in a real bind, and I just got overwhelmed by it all. We have plans to do and be better this year. Rebranding is our start on that journey, but has proved to be harder than expected. That may be due in part to my tech ignorance. lol We shall see.
5. Tell us one thing you learned in 2020 that can help us all become better bloggers.
The biggest thing we learned is a Don’t. Don’t brand yourself into a corner. As long as mommy’s been disabled there has been a Service Cat. But, because humans live longer than furries, there has been more than one. When our internet/social media/blogging journey began, it seemed natural to name everything after the kitties with whom mommy shared her life. However, a mere 7 years later, those amazing kitties are no longer here. While some of our rebranding issues may very well be from mommy’s tech ignorance, some of them are just a matter of the inability to switch account names due to rules. And the thought of completely starting over from the bottom is terrifying. So, as much as you may luv a particular thing, try to be more general while still being specific enough to be separated from the crowd. Say that three times fast. MOL
A new name.
6. What are your top three goals for 2021?
Our 2021 goals are simple, be better, do more and get back into the swing of things. Really. Mommy and I have talked this over and we plan to revive our Service Cats and Everything Feline posts. We’d luv your help. Just send us any questions you may have or want answered to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also plan to get back to regularly commenting on the blogs we visit. In between cleaning up and dealing with mommy and sis Dezi’s health issues last year, we visited all of you, we just didn’t have the time to comment. And we hope to add a helper to the Three Belles Ranch, so there’ll be lots of training happening and lots of new photo ops.
7. In the perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog 1 year from now?
There is no such thing as a perfect world. and we’re certainly far from it. So, I can’t even begin to speculate on where we’ll be next year. I plan to take it one day at a time, and hope that we can Bless someone along the way. We hope to make people laugh, feel joy, learn something to make the relationship between them and their furry better, and to make people smile. If we can accomplish those things, we will be Blest.
8. If you had a $1,000 to spend on your blog how would you spend it?
A $1,000 green papers? WooHooooooooo Wait. Is that a lot? (mommy A nods) Well, I’s would buy more…more…well, I’s not sure. Mommy says we’d have to ask some of our furiends who’ve been blogging fur a while where we should invest it. Since neither mommy nor mine’s self are very computer smart, we don’t know what areas we could improve with money. Altho’, ifin you have a $1,000 green papers, or any to spare fur that matter, we still need a good car. MOL (the paypal donation link is there to your left on our sidebar or right here.)
9. What is one skill you’d like to learn or improve in 2021?
One skill? Hmmmmpht There’s a whole host of skills I still need. lol I still don’t understand SEO’s, tags, https, or coding. Just pick one, I could use a few lessons in any of them.
10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
We can only ask one question huh? Well…we might ask how one goes about rebranding, especially social media without starting over. Or, what the kittens is SEO and why does it matter? And maybe, what are the most important things or information to include on our sidebar? Mommy’s been the human behind our blog since 2014. But, she says she still feels like she knows nothing about how it all works or what we’re doing.
Whew, I’s glad we’re still on a journey, cuz based on our answers to this years challenge/journey, we’re not anywhere close to where we’d like to be. Now, I’s wanted to give a meowsy big thanky thank you to awnty Crystal and Daisy Mae who sent mommy an ebook fur Christmas. As soon as mommy figures out how to read it, she said she’d read it to me. We also wanna thanky thank awnty Anonymous fur the green papers fur our car fund. Mommy has been quite busy this weekend taking care of Spook and Jubal and doing errands fur their mommy Mrs. N. Because of that, mommy has been able to do a few things fur us as well. We are truly Blest.
That we are angel, that we are. Blessings come in all shapes and sizes, you just have to look for them. Sometimes, you can’t see them for the clouds. But, even in your darkest night, there is a Blessing. Our friends, their love and support are a huge Blessing. I can’t even imagine our lives without them.
Oh mommy, me neither. I’s wouldn’t want too. Meowing of furiends, we’re joining the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies. And, as we do each week, we’d like to remind you to take a minute today and every day to Give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life. Thanky thank you fur being Blessings in ours.
Till the next time…………………………………………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Don’t furget to tell us what you think about the new look and all.
We’re also trying a new font fur our posts. Can everybody see it? It’s a bit smaller than our usual font and thus harder fur mommy’s old eyes, but, we want to know what ya’ll think.