Here is everything you never cared to know about the writer behind The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal. An interview of Cary Vaughn by Cary Vaughn.
Who in the Hell do I think I am?
What I am: an average, multi-cat owning, 40-something-year-old, gay man in Memphis. What I am not: YouTube, Vine, Facebook, or Instagram famous. What I’ve been told I am: handsome, rude, funny, two-faced, generous, arrogant, thoughtful, stuck up, smart, pretentious, or selfish to name a few (I know all sorts of people).
Why do I think my thoughts and opinions matter enough for a blog?
Blogga, please. Call it a website. It sounds more prestigious than “blog.” Anyway, I’m just one of thousands and thousands of other bloggers on the world-wide web. I’m not here to change the world. I’m not here to be web-famous. I’m here to exercise my writing voice. The occasional attention from tens of twenties of readers is just a bonus.
I call it The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal, so why am I writing about gay shit or anything else that doesn’t pertain to cats?
This is called The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal not because it is a journal about cats of a reluctant owner. This is a journal of a person who also happens to reluctantly owns cats. There’s more to life than cats, and it’s still my journal.
Why should I expect anyone to even care about this website?
Please don’t. Care about something important like education, protecting our environment, or the eradication of Facebook quizzes that claim to tell you which [insert fictional story here] character you are.
I see I don’t have any ads on my site. Am I a loser or something?
There are a couple of reasons why I will not find ads or sponsored posts. One is that I don’t wish to make money from this website. The other is because by coming to this site, I am not reading fucking John Irving or David Sedaris. What I will read, instead, are bread-and-butter articles that I wrote (mostly on a whim). So why bog down and clutter a website with annoying ads?
I see I haven’t posted any sort of awards on my site like the rest of the other bloggers.
That is true. My list of losses outnumber my accomplishments.
- In April, 2016, The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal received Honorable Mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Contest in the category of Online, Blog, Multimedia Under 100,000 Unique Visitors.
However, I’ve lost:
- Best of Memphis – Best Blog Category (wasn’t even nominated in either 2014 or 2015)
- BlogHer Voices of the Year (not even sure they got my submission)
Stay tuned because the latter list is sure to grow.
That wasn’t a question, but okay. If I think I am even slightly interested in reading other articles I have written, where can I find them?
Click each to open the site.
Not that I’m interested, but what are some of my favorite articles?
- So You Want to Enter a Writing Contest?
- 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Came Out
- How to Keep Your Cat Poop-Free
- We’re All A-holes
- Cursing the Mummy
Click on each title to read.
I’m already pretty bored. Is there anything else I want to say?
“At RCOJ, Cary shares lots of funny adventures – but he also has a wonderful way of writing about ordinary everyday things that just cracks me up.” – So Then Stories
“The reason I love Cary’s blog isn’t because he writes about cats, it’s the way he writes period. He leaves it all on the page. Whether he’s writing about cat vomit trickling down a wall or his battle with depression, his heart, the core of his being is out there on the page for all to see. It takes a lot to let yourself be that vulnerable to another human being let alone the world.” – Scattered Wreck
Feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I read all article requests, hate mail, and gay porn suggestions. But be warned: I have a very thick skin, an adamant disposition, and a dangerously smart mouth.
What others are saying about The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal:
“I used to tell my friends and others that know you that you have a website now, but that it’s a bit raunchy so I quit telling people about it, and those that I have told, I hope they’ve forgotten.” – Mom
“Based on your corporate access policies, access to this website has been blocked because the web category ‘PORN’ is not allowed.” – Work