From re-designing the looks of my blogs, to choosing a new way to present links within a post, to choosing to write a post, first in MS Word, then moving it to Notepad, before bringing it to the Typepad editor, from challenging myself to submit a speaking proposal to the Blog Paws pet convention, and a myriad other things, including what jobs to look for here in the Houston area, I have begun, to paraphrase my friend Amanda Socci, to challenge myself to try new things, and let go of fear and stretch myself into unfamiliar territory.
For a long time I just called myself an "aspiring" writer, then, in the past year or so my attitude began to change as I decided to call myself a writer, no "aspiring" about it.
Yes, I still have much to learn, but I am trying now to "boldly go" where I have never gone before. It's a slow, and challenging, process, but I am not afraid to try.
Neither one, however, had a badge to show for it, mainly because the person who had made the original badges was no longer involved with the site by the time Nikita had first begun to submit "Noos" items.
I'd never thought to get a badge done in all the years since because everyone knew the cats were "repurrters".
Now, with another changing of the guard at the site, and many new cat bloggers than in 2007 unfamiliar with the Cat Blogosphere, and just discovering it, I decided maybe I can figure out how to insert images of my cats into the empty frame of a badge sample.
Sticking the image into my Photoshop Elements, a program I first learned to use in the Winter of 2010 and Spring of 2011, but had not really experimented much with since breaking my ankle soon after, I began to poke around.
The answer turned out to be so very damn simple I had to laugh.
I inserted the image in the center space, re-sized it to fit there, and added the name of the cat at the top, and you can see the results above.
Oh, and one more thing: Yes, I DID catch Nikita making that face, it's not photoshopped. He had some wet food stuck in his teeth, and I had my camera in my hands, and got extremely lucky.
Articles referenced for this story:
1. Choose to Throw Yourself Into Your Art by Amanda Socci
The Website of my cats = http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com
The Cat Blogosphere = http://www.blog.catblogosphere.com/