Bitu's Catster.com Diary
July 10th 2012 4:37 pm
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I've been considered the greatest - and sometimes most controversial - feline voice in journalism. But for a little over three years I was the undisputed editor of The C & D Monthly Press. It was too big to be confined right from the start. After one issue on the free site from Earthlink - where we have our internet account - we were obliged to add web hosting to be able to accommodate all the pictures we ended up using. They ranged from portraits of the Dog and Cat of the Month to the contributions of various members, such as Teddy's modeling jobs from England. But the heart of the newsletter was the coverage of the trips, from Hong Kong to Alaska to Romania - including the castle believed to belong to the notorious Dracula. There were scenic shots and pictures showing various dogs and cats enjoying themselves as tourists. There were also a few social events, but they only interested me as a reporter - as a practical matter, I rarely added to the forums myself because they were so hard to keep up with, so I usually trailed along and copied things which could be included in the article I anticipated writing. Most of our readers admired my way with words, even when I mentioned something briefly on the front page. But when we started missing trips in 2011, it was hard to maintain the quality our readers had come to expect and which I demanded from myself (and my secretary). Life tried to get in the way - such as when my younger human needed care for her sore left leg and lost blood over months to where she was down to one-third her normal blood supply - but we kept at it, even though several double issues were necessary. After waiting almost two years for the resumption of the trips that were the virtual life-blood of The C & D Monthly Press, it was getting harder to keep up hope. My older human hinted that it was time to quit as long as there were no trips to cover. Other members started coming forward with the same suggestion, but not always in a friendly way. The pressure became too much to bear. The first thing to go was the Readers' Choice Poll which was originally added to stimulate reader interest and participation. That was a favorite part of the newsletter among our readers, even though sometimes there was just one interview and sometimes no interviews at all. But even before my younger human had pressed the button that spelled the newsletter's demise, she cried to think that all that hard work was ultimately for nothing, despite my efforts to push her to get it out in time. I wonder now how many will actually miss The C & D Monthly Press. I'd like to be able to promise our supporters that we'll be back when things get better, but it might turn out to be as prolonged a wait for that as for the trips that made The C & D Monthly Press great. And even if somebody else comes along someday to assume the editorship, I'll never let them forget that I came first.