10 years ago VCRs were still cool, cameras were still using film, US planned to invade Iraq, the Washington Sniper hadn't been caught, Martha Stewart was about to be sent to jail, Run-DMC was killed. Anticipation for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was building and Avril Lavigne was "Complicated"
and one slightly off center woman decided her personal blog was getting overrun with stories of kittens and so she created "Tails from the Foster Kittens"
Yup. I am celebrating my 10 year blogoversary (blogiversary? blogaversary?) with this blog.. I was actually blogging for quite some time before I started fostering in May 2002, so I've been blogging way longer than that, but this little corner of the internet is now 10 years old.
It is also that time of year when I generally like to make a donation of canned cat food to the shelter as well. Things really drop off once the summer ends, but kitties still go into heat and kittens are still coming in. Fall kittens also seem to have it worse than the first batch of spring kittens because mom is nutritionally depleted and people are looking for kittens in the spring so those 'free to a good home" kittens are snapped up right quick but the fall kittens languish and people decide to bring them to the shelter instead.
This year I thought I would tie my donation in with a fundraising / promotion of my blog. I figure I would make a donation for each comment made and use that to buy food with. I thought about partnering with Mr. Chewy, but while they were completely happy to let me buy food from them, they were all "meh" about the promotional side of it. Then I got to thinking. It would be cool if I could offer you guys a way to chip in, but again Mr. Chewy was "meh" about the whole thing, and they don't offer gift certificates. But Amazon does.
update 10/31/12 : Javi over at TeamChewy heard about my blog and my impressions when dealing with them regarding this comment-a-thon and offered to send the shelter some cat food on my behalf! Wasn't that nice of them!
But then I got to thinking I'm not a big fan of asking others to help out financially as there are a lot of groups out there who are in need. I think this would be much more fun if there were no outside money involved at all. Then HollyAnne posted on facebook and reminded me of Swagbucks! Swagbucks is pretty interesting in that they randomly reward you with .. swagbucks.. for searching with them. You can also earn swagbucks with games, promotional sign ups, watching videos, and watching their twitter and facebook feeds for free codes. When you get enough bucks you can turn them in for prizes including paypal payments and gift certificates to Amazon.com. I've actually been with them for quite some time and gotten quite a few $5.00 certificates to Amazon. By signing up through my referral link I get reward when you do.. and if you happen to earn enough for a gift certificate to Amazon and want to donate it to help buy food it is so easy to do... not that you have to nor am I even asking you do that.. but the referrals will help me earn more and I can donate more..
So anyway.. here is the fun part of the fundraiser I wanted to do. I figure I will donate a quarter for every comment on this post for the first 400 comments then a dime for every comment after that. All you have to do is comment away... I only ask that you try not to comment more then one comment in a row. I plan on running this post for a month so there is time to get the donation to the shelter in time for Thanksgiving.
So share away.. tell your friends, tell your fellow cat lovers, tell really chatty people you know.