Catsters are Meeting Up Across the Country!
In recent months, Catster and Catblogger peeps have been stepping out from behind their web personas to meet longtime online friends. This week I'm spotlighting some of those meetups.
Earlier this month, in an event more hotly anticipated than the new Harry Potter movie, the moms of catblogging superstars Jeter Harris and Daisy the Curly Cat met for brunch in Florida with Sarge Charlie and Auntie Bee.
I don't know how it started, but Sarge Charlie and Auntie Bee are frequent visitors to the cat blogs (perhaps because their lifestyle doesn't permit cats), and everyone just loves 'em, including me.
By all reports, it was a raucous good time and Jeter Harris' mom left flat-cat versions of Jeter behind with Daisy's mom and Auntie Bee. (L to R in the photo above: Daisy's mom, Sarge Charlie, Jeter Harris' mom, and Auntie Bee [seated].)
In June, midwestern Catsters and catbloggers met at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
(L to R: Moe and Carmella's Mom; Victor and Nina's Mom; Pearl, Bert and Jake's Mom, Rosie & Cheeto's Mom, Chey and Gemini's Mom; Sly's Mom; and Isis, Stinky Pete, Daphne, Chloe, & Spooker's Dad.
Chey's mom (who travelled from Washington state for the event) describes the meeting:
"On a sunny day in June, cat bloggers from around the Midwest met at the Lincoln Park Zoo. While road construction on I 90 scared off a few from Wisconsin and matters of new babies kept others away, 9 people showed up to join in the fun at the zoo. The meeting was less a first time meeting than it was old friends catching up after a long absence. Michigan cat bloggers spent the night near Chicago to be part of the meeting. The only draw back was a little confusion on the meeting area. We also realized that it would have been nice to have a sign because not everyone was immediately recognizable!"
Stay tuned this week for more stories of meetups between online cat moms and dads.
Remember to follow best practices for meeting online friends:
- Meet in a public place.
- Bring a friend with you.
- Be wary of "new best friends" who form immediate Super-Glue bonds with you or ask for money.