Day 72 : Blog Paws Conference Preview


BlogPaws was founded in 2009 by three pet lovers and bloggers – Caroline Golon of and Yvonne DiVita and Tom Collins of Scratchings and Sniffings and Windsor Media Enterprises.

The conferences are a great way for pet bloggers to connect with other pet bloggers  They gather to share expertise, tell stories and support one another. The sessions offer educational training and insight from industry experts in all sorts of topics such as SEO, Branding, Publishing, Video, Email Marketing, Photography, Writing, Blog Platforms, and a lot more.

This year I finally get to attend!

There are just a few days before the BlogPaws 2013 Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference and I want to share with you what’s on my agenda for those 3 days and a few other thoughts from discussions, today,  with fellow members of the Blog Paws Community Conference Newbies Group.

On day one there will be a Be the Change presentation on animal rescue at Sandy Hook and a Bloggers vs Vets discussion on how the 2 sides can work together and network.

There will be an evening welcome reception as well.

On day 2 the opening keynote speech is by Steve Dale then I plan to attend these presentations:

1. Facebook: Building fans to your page.

2. WordPress for beginners and converts.

3. Purina will be hosting a pair of presentations and I chose to attend the 2nd one:

A. The Link Between Diet and Domestication: 10,000 Years of Dietary Influences on the Canine Genome presented by Arleigh Reynolds.

B. Pet Welfare in America presented by Brenda Bax and David Meyer (of Adopt A Pet).

4. Using social media to be an effective advocate,

KIRIL-21 On day 3 the opening keynote speech is by Clara Shih, author The Facebook Era.

The presentations I want to attend are:

1. Foundations of reporting for pet bloggers.

2. How to write and print on demand your book in 90 days.

3. Taking Twitter beyond a Tweet.

4.  Standing out in the popular niche of pet blogging.

The evening will be centered on events connected with the BlogPaws 2013 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards and the “Pawty” afterwards.

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There will be an exhibition hall, and plenty of free swag,

I am looking forward to meeting many of my fellow pet blogging friends and also meeting my friend, the creative idea gal, Amanda Socci.

It was announced today that BlogPaws Sold Out and there would be Livestreaming (Details about the livestreaming included).

I went onto the Blog Paws Community website for the first time since before my eye surgeries to catch-up and hopefully learn a few things to help this newbie survive the experience.

The hotel will have free internet for conference attendees, and many attendees will be bringing their laptops and even using them to take notes during presentations.

Me? I’ll bring my laptop, but will be using good old fashioned notepads and pen for note taking.

While the evening events will require business casual, or fancier, attire, many people will be wearing casual during the day, including t-shirts with their pets on them.

I will be bringing mine and will see about wearing it. It would definitely help people familiar with Nikita and Elvira to pick me out of the crowd.

I will be bringing all my Opinionated Pussycat business cards (around 200) and expect to be exchanging cards with many people.

I expect to learn a lot, make some useful connections and who knows what else. Most important I expect to have fun, loosen up, and relax among friends, people who understand me and my love of this particular niche of the blogosphere.

The Blogs of Kiril Kundurazieff:

1. Mad Macedonian

2. The Opinionated Pussycat

3. SMFCB: A 365 Day Project


Day 62: Social Media Engagement and You

So far on this blog I’ve discussed social media engagement fears:

”Dude, what were you afraid of all these years?”

Overcoming the Fear of Trying Something Different.

Is Social Media Engagemengt a “Chore”?

Have you ever sat down and thought through what your own definition of social media engagement is?

Your own opinion, not someone else’s, or based on hours of research?

Have you ever sat down and reflected on how you engage people on social media?

Are there differences in the type of social media engagement you do from one social media site you are on to another, your blogs, compared to Facebook and Twitter?

I was asked this the other day and am thinking about how to answer.

I am also curious how readers of this blog would respond.

Leave a comment or a link to a blog post discussing these questions.


Day 61: Should a Pet Blogger Join HuffPo, The Blaze, and Similar Sites?

It’s been a long day of writing on my other blogs, today, but I want to address a question asked of me the other day:

Are you registered with as a member? Why or why not? What are your reasons for registering or not registering?

HuffPo, The Blaze and other similar sites cover a variety of topics but are also well known for their political affiliations: Democrat/Liberal vs Republican/Conservative and have communities of registered members who comment up an often combative storm.

Depending on your politics, or even inspite of your politics, you may be tempted to engage HuffPo and other sites that make a point to cover a lot of animal themed news stories and issues.

Personally, I’ve chosen not to register because I’d rather not attract the class of disagreeable trolls who register and comment on sites  they disagree with or attract the venom of commentors from these sites who may disagree with me and do so in less than constructive ways, simply because of a difference in political views.

On my cat blog, over the years, I’ve linked to and commented on, stories posted on those sites, finding much to like in the reporting.

When I tweet my story I’ll include the Twitter handle of the site and/or story writer, willing to see where that might lead, but that’s it.

What are your thoughts?

Day 36: Reaching Out to Local Media In Your Social Media Efforts

Let’s say that you have read an article in your local newspaper, or weekly or monthly magazine, or its online equivalent, and you feel compelled to write a blog post about it in response. Go for it! Just don’t be afraid to let the author of the piece know about it, via email, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. You might be surprised by what happens as they just might respond back.

Also, if a blogger, reporter, or the subject of a piece you have written, responds to your piece, either because they encountered it on their own, or because you sent them a heads-up, don’t be hesitant to respond back.

On these pages you will encounter prime examples of what I mean by this:

Praising Nikita and Meowsings! –

Praising Elvira Mistress of Felinity! –

You never know what will happen as a result of these social media interactions.

As an example, I’ve written essays in response to a post on a new Houston Chronicle blog, and an essay in the Houston Chronicle newspaper, then alerted the writers via email and Twitter, even alerting the main newspaper Twitter account, as well. Part of 1 essay was directly related to pet blogging.

Mad Houstonian Ponders How Social Houston Is

The Mad Houstonian Responds to “Pure” Houston essay, in Local Newspaper

I will provide an update if I get any responses.

UPDATE 10pm – 4/10/10

Lisa Gray “Favorites”  my response to her “Pure” essay on Twitter a few hours ago.

I sent her a thank you tweet for her kindness.


Day 33: Where Did the Term “Social Media” Come From?

I got to wondering about the term “social media” so did some googling.

Wikipedia defines the term this way: “The means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.”

University of North Carolina at Pembroke defines the term in a bit more detail: “Internet sites where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about each other and their lives, using a multimedia mix of personal words, pictures, videos and audio. At these Web sites, individuals and groups create and exchange content and engage in person-to-person conversations.”

This came from a fascinating timeline article they have written, going back to the 60’s, and one thing I found interesting is that they say blogging began in 1997. I had no idea!

Oh, and blame the Brits for the first “social network” site, to gain any serious attention, in 1999.

Anyway, I also had no idea there was a squabble going on over bragging rights to who invented the term “Social Media”, did you?

In 2010, an article in Forbes went on and on about it, naming names, listing websites, getting explanations from various claimants, and more.

“The earliest citation in Nexis or Factiva for a use of “social media” in anything like the way it’s used now is from 1997, when serial entrepreneur Ted Leonsis, then an executive at AOL, was quoted talking about the need to offer users “social media, places where they can be entertained, communicate, and participate in a social environment.”

Ol’ Ted swears, on a stack of bibles, or what, I don’t know, that it all goes back to events in the early 90’s involving the development of AOL Instant Messenger.

You can read more about this debate, here:

The most fascinating and amusing article I found about the origins of social media is one from 2009, on the Copy Brighter website. While it doesn’t claim to know who invented the term, it does a grand job of explaining that the concept of social media goes back to the 1950’s, those happy days when some, if not all, in the family were  engaged in something called “Phone Phreaking”.

They also explain how activities called “codelines” and “2600 meetings” were the ancestors of blogging and tweetups, in the early 90’s.

Someone in the comments pointed out the obvious:  “CB Radio’s, along with its earlier cousin Ham Radio’s, were virtual communities of the highest order.”

Wow! I was participating in “social media” using activities, as a teen, in the 70’s when I was part of a volunteer community policing group patrolling the city of Pomona, Ca., in the middle of Friday and Saturday nights! Who knew?

Read more here:

Day 29: Why Are You On Twitter ? What Do You Use it For?

Why are you a Twit? Or is it a Tweep? I don’t know all the slang, not by a longshot, hee, hee!

What do you, as a writer, hope to gain out of using it?

I originally joined not just as myself, but as Nikita, my cat. “Nikita” participated among other critter tweeps, but I soon noticed a troubling trend. Not everyone he followed or followed him were fellow critter bloggers, but instead people, with little in their profiles, some downright strange, who were tweeting in nonsensical ways. I decided to stop being Nikita, and eventually began to focus my own tweets more on my pet blogging and writing interests.

As for goals: As I focus more on treating my social media platforms less from the hobbyist view and more toward the “I am a writer” view, I hope to use twitter to find a readership and make connections to help me learn and move forward.

To me, following hundreds or thousands of people, or being followed by that many didn’t used to make much sense, however, I have begun to list subjects and am willing to consider following 1000 people, in my interests.

I have never felt guilty about not spending an hour a day or more on twitter, but checking my feed once a day might lead to the discovery of something that could be informative and useful to me.

Share your own thoughts in the comments.

Day 27: Where You Can Find Me on Social Media

Having, proudly, made it this far, I figured it might behoove me to share links to my various locations on the web.

My Blog 1 = Musings of a Mad Macedonian