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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Our 800th post!

Wow I can't believe we are at 800 posts already! I am so surprised that it came up so quickly! We will be at 1000 in no time at this rate!

So I thought I would do a retrospective of our past 799 posts. I am going to link to them so you can check them out if you would like to!

Our first post was on 8/7/08, and it was a post of just a picture of each cat. The next day, 8/8, is when I really did their full introductions. Virgil was just a tiny kitten back then, and I had started the blog so that our vets office, where he had lived before he lived with us, could watch him grow up (not that they wouldn't see him, but they wouldn't see him every day). He was about 5 weeks old at that point. We had him, and we also had Lola, Kirzon and Floyd, our big boy.

We didn't get our first comment until 1/22/09 on this post of Virgil and his kitten lips, when we were linked to on Cute Overload. There are earlier posts with comments, but the first actual comment by date was on 1/22. 

Shortly after that post (which was actually posted on 1/14/09) that same day, is when I posted about how sick Floyd was. I hadn't been getting too many comments but did get some on that and I was amazed.

I started to get the occasional comment here and there, and on 3/19/09 I did a post that got a response from the fabulous Huffle Mawson, because we joined the Cats with Blogs site. Then on April 1 I found out about the cat blogosphere. Kirzon and Virgil joined the Tuxedo Gang Hideout, we were introduced by our friends at Life from a Cat's Perspective, and we have been growing ever since!

June 17, 2009 was a big day for us - that is the day Barney moved in. He was another little guy who had been living at the vets office - he was such a cutie, I knew he had to join our family. It was fun because by that point we had regular readers, and it was great to get to share his homecoming with them.

On July 4, 2009 it was Virgil's first birthday - and we got a record 17 comments. As I look at them now I see friends who aren't blogging anymore and I see others who I don't think I ever visited (I still didn't have the hang of everything at that point - I still don't). I wish I had - maybe I will go back and do that when I have time.  Then a month later on 8/7/09 we had our first blogoversary! I had started blogs before and they had lasted about a week at most, so I was amazed to reach that point!

Things were going along well, and our little family of 5 was doing good, until October when Floyd got sicker. On one of the sadest days I know, Floyd went to the Rainbow Bridge, on 10/30/09. I still cry thinking about it because I miss him so much. But the outpouring of support we got that day was just so amazing, and so helpful.

After that things got back to normal for a while.  We had commentathons, pictures, the great blizzquake of 2010. We made friends and lost some, some went to the bridge, some just decided to stop blogging. We were going along well, and realized we were ready to add to our little family. So on 4/7/10 we introduced you to a group of newborn kittens, 2 of whom you would come to know well! And then on 5/31/10 we officially had Gus and Stella join our group.

After that life kept going - friends came and went, work sucked (as I mention all the time), but during that time, around July, we met a lady named Chrystal who runs a private rescue - and she was our Friday Friend on July 23,2010. Little did I know back then that this would be an even more important meeting than I realized!

After that we had lots of joy, lots of sadness with friends going to the bridge, and lots of fun. In October of 2010 I decided to steal an idea from one of our dog blog friends, and the adventures of Hugo the traveling Hippo began. He reached his first stop on 10/14/10 and has been traveling ever since! 

Shortly after Hugo arrived on the scene, Chrystal was able to arrange for her first adoption through the Winnie's Wish campaign, and we were lucky enough to assist with this transport in the Dash for Ash on 10/30 (posted on 11/1, as 10/30 was the one year anniversary of Floyd leaving, we wanted to do a post about him that day). I hadn't ever met a cat that was so sweet and loving to people after such a short amount of time, and I knew Chrystal had to have some magic to raise such special kitties. She had taken in some ferals and I had thought they were all just adorable. But then one day I just fell in love with a certain little tuxie girl, and on 2/9 of this year we made the big announcement that we were adopting littile Tuxie to become our own baby Trixie! On 2/19 she came home and well, that basically brings us to today!

I hope this isn't too long - I would have posted more links but there are so many it was tough to pick! I hope you enjoy the look back, and I hope we will be here for a lot longer! We are so glad to have met all of our friends out there in teh blogosphere! Thanks for all being so wonderful!

38 comments:

Brian said...

Wow, congrats on 800, that's wonderful. I wish I knew my real total, but my first 2 blogs were hijacked!

Admiral Hestorb said...

My goodness..I don't know how to tell how many blogs I have written, but it sure was great reading about yours and all of your babies.

And I am most grateful for the furriends we all have. Mom has shed many MANY tears for the babies who got sick and who went to the Bridge. Me and mommy luv efurryone here.

xox

Marg said...

A big congrats to you. What a great thing, 800 posts. We sure are glad to know you and all your kitties. It is so much fun visiting you and your family. Take care and keep up those posts.

Ayla, Iza, and Marley said...

Happy 800th post! We enjoyed the "lookback". Doesnt time fly? We will have a post announcement of our own real soon...

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

800 posts! Wow! That is an accomplishment! We haven't even gotten to 100 yet!

TK and Squashies said...

Congrats on 800 posts! We has enjoyed everyone of them! Keep posting, your blog is like treats- we want more, More, MORE!

The Teacher's Pets said...

Congrats on your 800 posts and I congratulate you too for continuing to blog even though you didn't have any comments for such a long time. Persistence paid off, obviously, and you are now one of the popular bloggers out there! Thanks for sharing your kitties and your life with us!

ABBY said...

Fabulous post Amy!
Concats on 800 posts (we will soon have 2000) -- we really enjoyed the links!
Here's to the next 800.

purrin
xoxox

JC said...

I love your blog. One of the first that I found. I don't always have time to post but I do try to when I can.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Congratulations on this BIG milestone! We are so fortunate that you decided to share the adventures of your kitties and your lives! We wish you 800,000 more posts filled with good news, happy times, grand adventures, bits of yourselves, and the joys of love. Our community is enriched because you are a part of it.

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Woohoo!! Great retrospective, Amy!! I loved following your links and watching the progression.

Happy 800th!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Congrats on 800 posts!

Katnip Lounge said...

Holy Cod!!

800 posts is a phenomenal achievement! We've enjoyed many many of them...the retrospective was great!
Here's to #1000!!

BeadedTail said...

Concatulations on your 800th post! We've enjoyed getting to know all of you and following along on your journey! We can't wait to read your next 800 posts and more!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

800 posts is FANTASTIC!!! CONCATULATIONS!!! Nobody realizes how time consuming blogging is until they do it themselves!
Here's to 800 more!
xoxo

Maggie Mae said...

What a special day....Happy 800th post!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

The Island Cats said...

Congratulations on your 800th post!!! Awesome!!

lupie said...

This call for massive celebration!!
800th is one huge no. (and very auspicious for Chinese)!!!

Hooray!!! Bring out the cat treats!!
Lets rock!!

Human, er...can have rice! :)

Love, Lucky & Co.

Catsparella said...

Concatulations on your 800th post! That is some hard work and dedication! :) Here's to 800 more pawesome kitty-filled posts!

Angel and Kirby said...

Congratulations on 800 posts!

Mr. Pip said...

800 posts!!! Wow, that's amazing!

Your pal, Pip

Sweet Praline said...

Happy 800 posts!

Natalie said...

Congratulations on your 800 posts! And thanks for the retrospective!

Cara n Crew said...

YoW! Concats on 800 posts! That is pawsome! We enjoyed the retrospective since we are new fans :) We only hope we can keep up with our own to get that many posts! We hope you'll keep it up too :) Purrs,

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Fin said...

Concats on 800 posts! Wow! We've loved being around them!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Concatulations on 800 posts - that's a lot of kitty news!

mayziegal said...

YIPPEE! Con-CAT-ulations on your 800th postie! I luved that you went back and told us abouts some of your older posties. I'm awfully glad you started blogging so that we could become furends.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Au and Target said...

800? Wow! We're furry impressed.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

It's been a real privilege sharing the ups and downs of yoor wonderful cat-filled life. We love yoo all and look forward to the next 800 posts! Congratulations!

chezcat1970 said...

Congratulations on 800 posts! We loved the retrospective, since we came over in the middle of all of it.

Kea said...

800 posts is amazing, congratulations! It's been quite the adventure for you -- we'll raise a toast to another 800 posts to come!

Caroline said...

Wow! good work! Looking forward to the next 800 :O)

Eric and Flynn said...

Concats on your 800 posts. We will drink a niptini to the next 800.

KarenMcG said...

Happy 800 posts. Fabo accomplishment.

Remington said...

Congrats! Well done!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww Virgil and his kissy lips and cute overload pic fame!! Have I told you I have Virgil's Cute overload calendar pic from one of my workmates? Awwwwww! What a cutie!!

CONGRATULATIONS with your 800th post!!! It's so great that you're blog is going strong and getting stronger!!!!! Yay!!

Awwww cute baby Barney pics too!!!

Take care
x

Sagira said...

Happy 800th post. How cool to look back at all the facts. :)

TwoSpecialWires said...

And somewhere in there ... we were lucky dogs to meet YOU!

Congratulations on your 800th post!

Much love and wirey wags,
Jake and Fergi