Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blog Without Duty

MICAH:  We were going to wait until tomorrow to post the other part of our news but tomorrow is going to be a special day so we decided we should post it today.

MERCI:  Yes, it's going to be Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day and we certainly want to remember our own beloved furries.  We have lost four feline siblings since we began blogging in 2005. 

SAM:  Last Friday we posted that we are retiring from the Mousebreath interviews.  (Hanging Butt Naked)  We have done 129 since we began.  That's a big investment of time - and we hope of at least a little talent.

RUSTY:  But don't worry, we still have three (possibly four) more interviews to publish.  They have been returned in a timely manner and we did promise to finish any that are pending. 

BUDDY:    Last Friday we also resigned as a co-host of the Pet Parade blog hop, so please don't get upset when our name is removed.  Everything is fine.  We just have not been pulling our weight for quite some time now and that isn't fair to the others who are.  Last week we were not only unable to visit blogs that entered but we totally forgot to post the code.  We will try to remember to enter.  Jan's memory isn't what it needs to be right now and we depend on her to remind us because we forget too.

PERCY:  Speaking of memory, do you remember Cotton?  She was a toritie (tortoiseshell) and she always had a "don't mess with me" look and attitude. So we decided to use her for our new blogging attitude graphic.  Yes, from now on we want to blog without duty.  We are not a business blog so there is no necessity to blog daily (thought we might on occasion) or on any schedule.  You can sign up to receive emails of our posts or add us to a reader or stop by frequently.  We will be here. 

MARCUS:  Hey, she looks like a drill sergeant!  Kind of scary.  Was she really as mean as she looks?

CYNDI:  No, Marcus, Cotton was a pussycat.  Unless she was telling you what to do.  Which she did quite often.  She was bossy and in your face.  So perhaps she was a drill sergeant.  But she wasn't mean.  And we still miss her.

MARCUS:  Oh, telling you what to do ... bossy and in your face - kind of like Buddy!

 Stop by Pepi Smart Dog for the Thankful Thursday blog hop.  (There is always something to be thankful for!)

And stop by Ruckus the Eskie, Love is being owned by a husky, and Barking from the bayou for the Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.


  1. Sometimes you just need to prioritize!

  2. I hope you'll find some time for yourself in all of this.

  3. I'm so glad you are making changes to de-stress and very glad to hear you will still blog, though at your leisure. I hope it brings nothing but enjoyment and wish you all the best on your new adventures. Thank you for all the heart and soul you poured into the Pet Parade and I do hope you visit often, without any feeling of duty. Keep up your creative, giving spirit, all of you! Rascal and Roccd

  4. I do agree, blogging is not a duty. When Eric was here we blogged every day and tried to visit all our friends. It became more and more difficult with so many blogs to visit that it started to feel like a chore. After Eric left us we almost decided to give up blogging but have made so many friends that we decided to cut back to 2 or 3 days a week instead and just visit as we can.

  5. Jan that is an excellent strategy! We hope this will free up your load just a bit and help you find the F-U-N in blogging (again)! We always love seeing your posts and we are so happy to hear you'll be continuing.

  6. Yes, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, stress is not good.

  7. I wish you all the very best and truly hope to still see you around!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  8. I will miss your interviews and i am sure everyone will.

  9. Thanks for joining Thoughtless Thursday. We will always visit ♥

  10. Blogging has to be fun, and we love your new motto : blog without duty ! Purrs

  11. Yous gots to do what yous gots to do!

  12. Hari OM
    Yes indeed, as others have said, this is good strategy!!! Whilst I do blog daily, I only do so out of pleasure and if at all it became like a chore I'd also be reassessing. Now, perhaps, you can just enjoy joining in being part of Blogville/Blogpaws, leaving the organising and whip-cracking to keener and fresher souls! WTG Farmers!!! Hugs, wags and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  13. We agree with you, dear friends. Blogging should not feel like something you HAVE to do. We hope cutting back and freeing yourselves of the commitments will mean lots of joy for you (not to mention less stress). Thank you for all of your interviews and co-hosting the Pet Parade. You are loved by so many of us, and we are sure that everyone understands your excellent decision. Hugs!

  14. I have a new cat and he just erased my comment! Oops.
    Rufus is reminding me that there are more important things than tap tap tapping on the keyboard... like petting, kissing, brushing, and feeding our furry roommates. Thank you for all you have done for the blogging community and I hope you enjoy less stress and a shorter to do list.
    On a day when we are remembering those we have lost, it's also time to remember to love those we have - for whatever time we get.

  15. PepiSmartDog: Hi everyone! I totally get where you are coming from when you say blog without duty. Hope stepping down from some things will free you up so you can enjoy your blogging again..with lots of laughs.
    Thank you for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Really appreciate your posts each week and hope to see you again next week. *waves paw* :=o)

  16. I think we have to all do what keeps us sane and happy and also allows us time with the furry ones Jan so do not beat yourself up..we all need to remember blogging should be fun :) loves Fozziemum xx

  17. Glad you are all slowing down! We know how that is because we had to cut waaaayyyyy back when life got too hectic here too. Love the picture of Cotton :)
    Marty and Mom

  18. We try to only blog twice a week, and even so stress happens to keep us all caught up, s we know what you mean. Sometimes we think meowmy/growlmy should take a whole month off, OMC/OMD!!

    Right now we have to try and catch up to over 100 blogs...we likely will just read them and then comment on the newest one of each blogger.

    Hang in there, Blogville loves you and so do we!!


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