I’ve noticed our cat, Fritz, getting into more fights lately.
We thought at first it was because we’d rebuilt a fence backing up to our alley, which he doesn’t climb well but neighbors’ cats can get over with relative ease. Maybe that makes him a little cranky and he kicks into protector mode.
We often forget, however, the volume of wild (?) catnip growing in and around our yard – even in the winter. We call it kitty weed. I think the feline guests know that’s what it is, too.
Maybe the last homeowners planted it to get some four-legged traffic in the yard.
But what they may not have intended was causing trouble in the neighborhood.
After the latest bout between Fritzy and an uninvited guest this evening and a little snooping into where that noisy, howling battle took place, it occurred to me his visitors may be coming for companionship, but more likely for the kitty weed.
True story: This is now the second cat we have that has gotten hooked on weed. We accidentally detoxed our last cat – a story for another post, perhaps.
It’s just better to have a glass of wine with someone you love and get offline. Tonight is that night.
After returning to blogging last month for the first time in a long time, I realized so much has changed, thanks largely to how “social” media has become.
I didn’t realize, however, the number of hoops a blog reader now has to jump through just to participate in a conversation. We’re not talking just Captcha anymore, although it still makes appearances (like the “I’m Not a Robot” check box).
It also didn’t occur to me that blogs may or may not be where conversation really happens.
And none of this was even on my radar until:
- I’d begun participating in #YourTurnChallenge and
- I’d read Michael Hyatt’s post on why he pulled comments from his own blog.
Hyatt admits his decision may not be right for everyone, but there is some really strong rationale around why he did it – especially with numbers like his. He was, after all, named one of Forbes’ “Top 10 Online Marketing Experts To Follow In 2014.”
Since Poor Mexican Gone is very young, I feel I have time to make this decision based on where the traffic comes from and where the ongoing conversation ends up.
Working on today’s post, I was amused (again) by how two previously written drafts started merging into one. And then there was the third one, creeping in entirely uninvited.
It was starting to get messy, and my post was getting bigger than I could handle. Not just longer, but bigger, like in-my-head bigger.
In an attempt to add a little “color” to the story, I did a bit of fact-checking. And that’s when it all blew up — a can of worms with a whole new set of questions and more to learn. Always, more to learn.
So I’m putting that post down for a nap. It’ll come out to play when the time is right. Until then, I’m done.
p.s. One of the best parts of #YourTurnChallenge – along with the great community – is how much we are growing through the process. Our desire to explore, ask more questions – it’s actually overwhelming some days. But once we step back and look at what we’re learning through new eyes…it’s a beautiful thing.