I have been blogging since 2002, a lot of it as a cat blogger, but I once had a bicycling blog as well (current bike blogging archive on this blog). I am a poet, a storyteller, a humorist, a journalist, a researcher, a commentator, a reviewer, and a photographer on this and my other active blog.
My cat blog = The Opinionated Pussycat
In March of 2013 I began what was intended to be a daily, year long, series of posts on a topic of interest to many. The name of the blog? SMFCB: A 365 Day Project.
I saw the mission of this blog as one of sharing my experiences, thoughts and observations about the mysteries of social media; What’s out there and how to use it to attract readers, connect with fellow pet bloggers, businesses and others, improve one’s writing and website, and even find writing opportunities beyond one’s own blog.
SMFCB stands for “Social Media for Critter Bloggers” a Facebook group I founded on March 2, 2013, with a mission to educate, inform and encourage pet bloggers about the mysteries of social media.
The group didn't last long.
As for the blog...well, it lasted for 73 days.
A lot was going on in my life that Spring so I let the project die: left eye surgery for cancer, attending my first pet blogger convention.
Not many people took notice of the series, even fewer of its passing.
A lot of positive things in my writing life have occurred since then, especially as a cat writer, things regular readers are aware of, from being sponsored to join the Cat Writers Association, being paid to write for the first time and more.
As I move forward with my writing life in new ways I decided to delete my Wordpress blog and post those entries on this blog.
Why? It and my cat blog have years of brand familiarity, though our audiences are small so I saw no reason to over extend myself by having more than 2 blogs.
With this post I am going to share those 73 entries (with update notes as needed to reflect it now being Summer 2014) several a day until finished, under the new subject title of Social Media For Pet Bloggers (SMFPB).
After that new posts will appear on the subject of social media when I find something new to write about.
The posts can be found in my "On Social Media" category archive.
Let's begin with the original post, from March 3, 2013:
Good morning, world! Good morning, WordPress!
My name is Kiril Kundurazieff, and I am a blogger and freelance writer with an interest in social media and its relationship with the world of critter blogging. When I began blogging in 2002 and 2003 I had 2 blogs going, on one of which there was frequent posting about and “by” my cat Nikita. In 2010 I gave my cat blogging a space entirely its own and, for 9 months had 3 blogs going. I never dreamed I’d being doing that again.
But, in 1998, when I bought my first computer and adopted a newborn kitten I named Nikita, I never dreamed I’d become active in social media outlets, much less more than one type of such an outlet, as the years went by.
Critter blogging has a long history on the internet and has evolved to such an extent that some writers have published books and are active in various other media, and there is an annual convention and a pair of annual awards given out to the best among us in various social media venues, and for other related categories. Some writers, like me, have blogs where the conceit is that our animal companions do all the writing. We have succeeded in entertaining our web visitors with original thoughts and images, guaranteeing that they’ll come back for more.
This blog is my personal extension of a Facebook group, also created this weekend that has as its purpose to be “a place for educating, informing and encouraging pet bloggers about the mysteries of social media; what’s out there and how to use it in various ways, for various purposes.”
It is called, appropriately enough, Social Media for Critter Bloggers.
(NOTE - 6/9/14): group long since deceased.)
As for more on why I am doing this…that is a topic best left for tomorrow.
In the meantime my cats, Mr. Nikita (a 15 yr. old Maine Coon) and Elvira Mistress of Felinity (a 3 yr. old Tortie), invite you to visit their blog:
Other sites referenced in this post: