BlogPaws Day 2

How do you all like my new header? I figured after two years it was time for a new one. Next, Happy 4th of July. And happy birthday Candy. It’s not really her birthday, but we don’t know when her birthday really is, just that it’s in July. So Mom picked July 4. Candy gets quite a celebration for her birthday. MOL! OK. Now on to BlogPaws Day 2.

Friday morning started with breakfast and a presentation from Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com. She talked about the history of how we deal with pets in this country and how we’ve moved from animal control to our present philosophy of adopting out as many animals as possible and that they should be treated humanely while in the shelter. Something new some shelters are experimenting with is doing training and enrichment with shelter animals to make them more adoptable.

After breakfast we visited the vendors’ room. The vendors were all absolutely pawsome. They had great information, and lots and lots of samples. Wait until you see how much stuff I brought back. I’ll be doing product reviews for months!

My first session was Monetization 101 with Rebecca Braglio of the Philly Dog. She talked about different types of advertising, how to get people interested in advertising on your blog, some pricing strategies, and told us about some of the ways she developed relationships with possible advertisers and won them over.

After the session we went to the catification lounge to check it out. OMC was it pawsome! Mom let me walk around on my leash and check stuff out. I crawled inside a cat ball and hung out there for a while. Then I went back to the room for a nap and Mom went to lunch. She’s gonna tell you about the rest of the afternoon.

Mom here. My next session was WordPress 101 with Ryan Hughes of Oodle Tech. I was hoping to learn some new things about WordPress, but it was pretty basic. There was a lot of time for questions, so I did get to have him look at my blog and got some help fixing a couple of layout problems I was having. So I was really glad I chose that session.

By then I was pretty tired and brain dead, so I went to where Wanda (@MaggieTKat) had the  Honor Flag project was set up and made flags honoring my three OTRB kitties, Beastie, Sheena, and Pixie. Then I brought Pumpkin back down for the evening.

Pumpkin here. We went to hear Sarah Donner sing, then went to the Catification Lounge for pizza, a video hello from Jackson Galaxy, and a photo game for prizes. We won a Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center. I got my picture taken with a whole bunch of people and got to visit with lots of friends. I have to say a special thank you to Jackson Galaxy and Kate from Moderncat as well as Zero Odor for hosting the Catification Lounge. It was so cool to see all those cat products that normally you only see online. Mom got a great idea of what would interest me and what wouldn’t from letting me investigate stuff in the room. Plus, we just had a great time in there. Oh, and Kate, thank you for my presents. *hugs*

Here are the pictures from day 2.

BlogPaws Day 1

My pals, I’m ashamed to admit that Mom had to do day 1 without me. *sad face* I had too much excitement in the morning and wound up spending most of the afternoon and all of the evening in the hotel room. I missed seeing Tillman and the others do their performance.

You see, Mom took me to see Temple Square and some of downtown SLC. (I’ll tell you about that after we’re done reporting on BlogPaws.) It was all very beautiful, but I really didn’t like the traffic noise. So I made it through lunch ok, but threw up my treats after lunch. Mom cleaned up the stroller and we went back down to visit with people, but I started throwing up again. So Mom cleaned the stroller again and then went out without me! So she’s gonna have to tell you about the opening festivities. Oh, and by the time she got back up to the room that night I was all rested, happy, and ready to cuddle. And I got lots of cuddles.

Mom here. BlogPaws started off with a bang! Rosie and Sully from ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ did a demonstration of their balloon popping skills! We also got to see Norman ride his scooter. Then the pièce de résistance, Tillman on his skateboard! I’ve loaded some videos of them to Pumpkin’s YouTube channel. You can see them at http://www.youtube.com/user/pumpkinpuddy.

After the demonstration, there was a welcome reception. Trone Brand Energy did a presentation on Pet Bloggers: Reading and Writing Insights. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was so excited about being at BlogPaws and meeting a lot of my online friends face-to-face for the first time that I didn’t take any notes. Looking back, I wish I had. There was so much information given to us over throughout the conference that I can’t remember who said what if it wasn’t written down. *hangs head in shame*.

Aside from all the great information at BlogPaws, a lot of us go to network. There’s so many pals we talk to online everyday or whose blogs we read. Being able to put a face to a name is wonderful. Being able to actually talk to that person and get a sense of who they really are is amazing. Let’s take BZTAT for example. We all know what an amazing artist she is and how intelligent she is. We know she’s passionate about animals and about trying to end domestic violence against humans and animals. We know her cats, especially @BrewskiButt, who comes across as a real wiseacre. But when you meet her face-to-face, you get to meet Vicki Boatright, the person. From Brewski’s wisecracking, you wouldn’t know what a kind, warm, down-to-earth person Vicki is.

If I started to list all the people I met at BlogPaws, this post would turn into a book! So I’m just gonna list a few by their twitter names or blogs: @MaggieTKat, @TinyPearlCat, @Cokiethecat, @indykitty, @Cosmohavanese, @informedferret, @snotfacecritter, @Niqqi, @danapixie, @pushupsnpaws, @brutusthedane, Moderncat, Glogirly, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, Catsparella, Sparkle, @Nutmegtorby, @bunnyjeancook, and the list goes on and on and on!

There were lots of pictures, so I’m going to have a gallery of pics at the end of each post. Here’s day one!

BlogPaws 2012 Part I

Well my pals, I’m back from BlogPaws 2012. We drove 8 1/2 hours each way! I know some people drove further, but I used to hate riding in the car. I rode in my pink crate, and didn’t fuss once. Here I am in the car, ready to go! And look – Mom even remembered to put a litter box in the car for me. We only took one picture on the road. There was a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Wyoming at the rest stop. A statue of Lincoln in Wyoming? Why would there be a statue of Lincoln in Wyoming? Well, apparently I-80 has another name – the Lincoln Highway! So here’s the statue of Lincoln.  We arrived Wednesday afternoon. When we got to the hotel our room wasn’t ready, so we had to hang out in the lobby for a couple of hours. While we waited we got to talk to lots of people, some new and some we’d met before. One of them was Jennifer. I met her at Blogpaws in Denver.And I bet you know who these people are!We finally got a room so I got to relax for a while.Mom left me at the hotel to chill and went to have dinner with @indykitty’s mom, Jennifer. She got a really good picture of @indykitty. Isn’t he cute? Don’t worry Henry, I’m still your girl.We had a really long day, so after dinner we just rested. Here I am cuddling with mom.BlogPaws was amazing and I have so much to tell you about, I’ll probably be blogging about it for a while. I also got to see a little bit of Salt Lake City, but I’ll save that for after I’m done telling about BlogPaws itself. I also have tons and tons of pictures, so maybe I’ll do a post that’s just images.

So that’s it for this installment. Have a great rest of the week everyone!