This blog owes a fair amount of its success to how much people seem to be unhealthily obsessed with cats. I had a few big hits with articles discussing our obsession with food, odd social norms, or the job market; but it has always been cats that have yielded me the most repeat traffic. I am not sure why the internet loves cats so much, but it really does. Maybe it has to do with dog owners getting outside for walks. Cat owners can just stay inside and bask in the bluish-white glow of their computer screens, while people who own canines have to step out to let the animal relieve itself or get some exercise. Dog owners have strong leathery hands that can tie a sheepshank knot in moments but are ill suited for the delicate nature of the online research required to find an image of a baseball cap full of kittens. That, my friend, needs the delicate touch of a skeletal hand that has never done manual labor but has pet numerous cats bald.
If you have an initial product that is garbage, you can immediately improve it by casually tossing in some felines. Cats, the play, is inarguable proof of this phenomenon. Cats are in high demand and, a lot of the time, the only place you can get your fix is the internet. Anytime I see a dog walking outside, I’m probably going to whisper, “look at that dog,” and start laughing. But I don’t even get that opportunity with cats. Occasionally I’ll see a stray scurry under a fence late at night or someone pushing one around in a baby stroller, but it is as rare and beautiful as a solar eclipse. I have an equal fondness for both animals but seeing a cat offers an added thrill. Cats are stealthy and secretive, so we want whatever we can get out of them.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone who continued to send me emails like this one:
I love your blog but am going to kill you if you don’t post the rest of the cat diary stuff.
So, after months of requests, I’m going to post the final Cat Lover’s Diary entry into the blog. I have also, with the help of a few persistent friends, tracked down the woman I believe to be the cat lady from the book. She has agreed to be interviewed, provided she has the final say on what I post. She had very mixed opinions on me sharing the journal in the first place, so we will see how it all goes. I really shouldn’t even be talking about it but, I just can’t help myself. So here is to the end of The Cat Lover’s Diary and the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
This post has made me unnaturally happy and excited. I hope she doesn’t try to murder you or something crazy for posting her journal online. Hahaha. Excited to read the interview and such!
I’m trying for a video interview- hence the video clip.
“We had a party. Pip pip.”
You are awesome and so is this blog. (All of it, not just the cat stuff.) I can’t wait for that interview.
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. I’m so excited! I hate cats but must admit I’m one of those people who has been sucked into the cat stuff on your blog (sorry)…I have a mental image in my head of this woman and can’t wait to see what she’s like in real life. WOW.
I just assumed that cat diary wasn’t real. Maybe it’s time I faced the crazy. Or maybe this joke just becomes more elaborate with every hit it gets for your blog. Hmmm.
I just went back and re-read some of it. DEFINITELY REAL. Facing the crazy is hard sometimes.
I really want to know that she is ok. And it would make me insanely happy to hear that she had a husband or boyfriend…
Hmmm… Well all good things must come to an end! :)
The late PM of Ethiopia also loved to give examples with cat. Here is one of them ,ድመትን አሰረዘመው ስያሰርዋት የፍቷዋት ይመሰላታል። meaning: “When they tie a cat in a long robe, it thinks it is released” good day and looking forward…..
Three words: A Ma Zing
I loved the diaries. Ever since morrisseysworld closed, I’ve been so depressed. I used to find happiness in ninjutsu and mimeograph art, but it just hasn’t been there for me lately. This has brought happiness back into my life!
Another thing about the felines is their aloofness. That connects to the web experience somehow. It’s a connected separateness. Not sure I’m saying this right, but when I think about cats, the internet, and your found volume of the Cat Diary, it all makes sense somehow. The way you’ve presented this material so far has been uniquely compelling.
Thanks for taking the time and the care to do this so well. I’m looking forward to the “series finale”.
Part of the thing with felines is the fact that they are so very dignified, catching them on camera often involves some seriously undignified behavior. They seem to take themselves so seriously that it’s highly amusing when they get caught in questionable situations.
Great build-up with that trailer you posted, Posky.
Is that you meowing?
I mean, meow.
I love that right about the time you posted this WordPress changed their homepage and the first thing that comes up is essentially an invitation to post pictures of cats…
At this point I think that’s basically the only purpose of the internet.
Even though I’m a dog person, there’s no denying that cats rule the internet. And, just about everything else… My mom has 8 cats, and the first rule every new dog learns? Never mess with the cats. Thanks for stopping by!