Several years ago, I reluctantly opened my home to a cat we would name Mr. Tiddles and thus began writing about my cat-ownership grievances on LiveJournal. Through this, I learned that sharing my frustrations while adjusting to a new lifestyle of sleep deprivation, constant annoyance, and a consistently filthy home was therapeutic. Over the years, the cat population in my home grew and so did the stories I had to share. But today, I am announcing that after much thought, the domain reluctantcatowner.com will not be renewed in July.
It has been a wonderful journey. I’ve corresponded with hundreds of readers (both nice and mean), embarrassed myself on HuffPo Live, had my work translated into another language, and won a very nice award. I appreciate this journal for allowing me to exercise my writing voice, offend the small-minded, and make people laugh, but it’s now time to close this chapter.
I still intend to write. That will never change. The process of building a story and playing with our language satisfies my creative hunger. I will probably die with a pen in my hand.
To those that have read me over the years, thank you. Your feedback, comments, and recognition have made this exercise a pleasant one. To those that just started following this website, I apologize for this brief moment together. If you want to be directed to some of my favorite entries, may I suggest:
- If you Ever Spend the Night
- To the Buyer of my Home
- Christians vs. Crazies
- Four Things You Should do if You Suffer from Depression
- Your Cat is not Trying to Kill You
- We’re All Assholes
- How to Feed a Cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia
- How to Explain Gays to Your Child
- One Night in Handlock
- Dear Diet
- Gib Elbis Keeses
Finally, I leave you with discoveries I have made while authoring The Reluctant Cat Onwer’s Journal:
- You would be amazed at how many people in this world have landed on this site by Googling “elevator butt pee.”
- Speaking of Google terms that have landed people on this site (“how to stop people from urinating in the elevator,” “gimp suit pussy,” “satans anus banana,” and “pepper suppository burn my ass” are a few of my favorites), some of y’all are some really sick-headed motherfuckers. Get help.
- When you write about using a Halloween decoration to keep your cats out of a Christmas tree, people suddenly assume you are a cat behavior expert. Don’t trust what you read on the Internet, people.
- Most “mommy bloggers” and their readers are vicious. I assume they are projecting frustrations with their inadequacy. It’s what happens when you get nowhere by consistently reading/writing vapid and inane content.
- Not all “mommy bloggers” write vapid and inane content. Just most.
- Through this community, I have learned that there are many bloggers who want to write professionally yet do not take the time to study the craft. May I suggest starting with “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser?
It’s been real. And be good to your cats; they depend on you.