Thursday, April 30, 2020

What Will 2020 Look Like for Our Blog?

Lola: Lexy, I heard Mommy talking to herself and she said our blog is going to change.

Lexy: That’s right, Lola. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because New York is on pause, we are going to have to make some changes to the blog. 





Lola: But won’t our friends miss us? What will happen if we just stop blogging? We worked so hard to get to where we are today!

Lexy: Don’t worry, Lola. We’re not going to stop blogging altogether. We just have to change our focus a little bit and put some of our series on hold.

Lola: Oh no! But people love reading about cat cafes, and the special shelters and sanctuaries that Mommy visits! Will this ruin our blog?

Lexy:
No, little sister, it won’t. I think it will only make us stronger.  And it will keep Mother, and other people, safe. And you and I will get to speak a lot more like we used to in the past. It will be back to basics!






Lola: You mean like doing Selfie Sundays again? Oh, that will be fun! As long as our friends still visit us.

Lexy: Don’t worry about that, Lola. Friends are forever, no matter what. Let’s allow Mother to explain further. Take it away, Mother.

Thank you, Lexy. Yes, girls, you are right. Our blog will be changing a bit for the rest of 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because we are living in what is the current epicenter of the disease in the country (my borough of NYC has the most cases in the entire U.S.), I won’t be able to create my usual content. So, what does that mean exactly? 


I don’t know when I will be able to visit a cat café or shelter/sanctuary again. And honestly, I don’t know if I’ll be comfortable doing so any time this year. (Right now they’re predicting that we will be wearing face masks in the tri-state area for many months to come.) I had an entire series dedicated to Community Cats, TNR, caring for colonies, etc. in the works. 




I was going to interview local trappers and go out with them while they trapped and fed their colonies. I attended a TNR class and was looking forward to networking with fellow cat lovers in the class to help them out. 

I also had a list of shelters/sanctuaries I wanted to visit, including the Story Tails Reading Program at Women’s Animal Center and the Aged to Purrfection Program at Tabby’s Place. None of that can happen right now. 





The major focus of the blog over the past few years has been advocacy and rescue, and last year I won the Muse Medallion for Best Rescue/Advocacy Blog in the Cat Writers’ Annual Communications Contest. Even though that can’t be the major focus this year, I’ve decided that I’m not going to give up! Lola, Lexy and I will just switch gears a little bit. We’ll start to go “back to basics” with Lola and Lexy sharing their daily antics and their views on life. (Like in our recent “Working From Home With Cats” post.) 






And I just happen to have a big list of post ideas that I never got to. I’ll still continue to share rescue stories and hopefully be able to focus on adoptable cats who are looking for their forever homes. 




And of course, there will be product reviews. For now, I’ll focus on what I can with the plan to post at least twice a month. 



I know many of you love our cat café series, seeing the cats at Tabby's Place, and reading about other shelters I visit. Don't worry, they'll be back! Just like New York, they're only on pause for a bit. 




We hope you all remain safe and well. Thank you for continuing to visit our blog. 


Is there anything you would like to see us write about this year?

Dawn, Lola and Lexy

18 comments:

  1. We are sad too that my human and I can't travel and go to cat shows, events, and therapy cat visits right now. I loved going to these, and blogging about them, and hope to go back to them once it's okay again. But yeah, we all have to make changes while the virus is being dealt with.

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  2. The pandemic has changed the way of life for everyone. It is hard but necessary to not be able to do the things we are used to and enjoy. It will get better though.

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  3. What are you going to change, Girls? I love the blog the way it is. Don't see how you can improve it.

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  4. Whatever you choose to write about...even silly stuff...we'll be here!

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  5. WW love reading about all the other stuff, of course, but we confess that what we love most if to read about YOU, Lola and Lexy, so we're good!

    Purrs,
    Tama and Genji

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  6. To be honest? We would just like to see you and everyone stay safe and healthy this year. Michigan wasn't hit as hard as New York but for a while we were number 3, right behind Jersey. I have been completely mentally frozen since this all began. This week I blogged more than I did in MONTHS. Now, I blog when I feel like it (and sometimes I am repeating posts). I think rather than worry about what WE want, you need to do what is best for YOU!!!!!!! Everyone understands because we are all trapped in this nightmare! Just stay safe and healthy!!

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  7. This pandemic is making us all reevaluate what we want to do with our lives, but it's always a good thing to make changes. One should always try new things, imho.
    Just as long as you aren't disappearing, we'll be here!

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  8. There is an old saying, 'no one appreciates a change except a baby'. But I think it can be a healthy thing for a blog to change and evolve as the world around is changing. I wish you all the best and look forward to every new post.

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  9. We'll "luv ya and enjoy you" no matter what you may do! Just stay safe ... and BTW, why not check out all the May Events (listed on our blog ...) some oldies & goodies, maybe you can take part in some of them, mmm? Huggies from Zoolatry.

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  10. We're not worried, we know whatever you choose to post about it will be darn good!

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  11. Sounds like a pawesome plan!! We will pop by as much as we can to see what efuryone is up too :) Pawrayers dat dis virus goes away soon especially in your area!

    xoxo,
    Matt & Matilda

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  12. It looks like you all have a great plan for maybe the rest of the year on what you are going to post. We all here will always be waiting for any post from you. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

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  13. Your human always has such amazing ideas for posts and series! I think you're doing exactly the right thing, just putting everything on hold. Your work from home series is purrfect! Just stay safe, that's the most important thing right now.

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  14. Whoa! Lola and Lexy, concats on have your mom back home rather than running around to shelters and stuff. I kinda like reading about you best anyways.

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  15. I can certainly understand why you need to change gears. Until there is a cure or a vaccine, we all need to stay safe. XO

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  16. The most important thing is that you all stay safe during this time.

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  17. The situation does take a toll on the mind. I am barely creaking along at the moment. My cats do like the extra attention they are getting everyday!

    Greg (felinecafe.net)

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  18. We love to visit your blog and hear of you, and that sounds like a great plan until things come back to a new normal in the world. Purrs

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