WAFFLES: Hey Boss! Check out all the COOL loot we got to bring home from the big BlogPaws conference! I thought this was a feather, but Glogirly says it's called swag.
KATIE: Swag is the cool free stuff we get at conferences. Like bags and t-shirts and treats –
WAFFLES: – and TOYS!!!
KATIE: What makes the swag we're showing everyone today really special is that all of it was given to us from our friends at the conference. Every year a number of cat bloggers that attend bring gifts for each other. Sure, we still get swag bags from the conference filled with some pretty great stuff.
WAFFLES: But the primo stuff is from our friends, right?
KATIE: Right. And that's really the best part of the conference too. Friends. And chocolate. For Glogirly, that is.
WAFFLES: Uh, about Ashton's Chicken Emporium... do they deliver?
Thanks for the LOOT!
If Glogirly had been organized and on top of things, she would have written down notes about all the cool stuff we received and who gave it to us. But she's giving us some lame excuse about having her paws full with us. So if we've left anyone out... please accept our apologies!
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Another highlight of BlogPaws is the big awards banquet that's held on the last night of the conference. It's particularly fun because many of the cat bloggers have a tradition of sitting all together to cheer each other on. Cats may be outnumbered by dogs when it comes to bloggers and conference attendees... but the Cat Ladies definitely know how to make some noise!
Remember a few months ago when we announced that we'd been selected as finalists in the Best Cat Blog category of the Nose to Nose Awards? Well we got to bring home a pretty cool souvenir!!!
This was our fourth BlogPaws conference and our fifth Nose to Nose award. To say we feel honored and blessed is an understatement.
Congrats to All the Best Cat Blog Finalists
We'd be remiss if we didn't give a warm shout out to the other talented bloggers that were also finalists for Best Cat Blog. We're a small and close knit community of bloggers. Many of us have become dear friends through our blogs, so it's very special when we have an opportunity to spend time together face-to-face or even face-to-fur. That also makes it hard when friends find themselves up for the same award. We adore our fellow finalists and have the utmost respect for the work they do to entertain us, inform us and help cats and their guardians.
• Deb Barnes from The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey
• Sue Doute from The Island Cats
• Alana Grelyak from Cat In The Fridge (pssst! Congrats to Alana who won the best video award!)
WAFFLES: So who's this Debbie Glo-something person? And how come it doesn't say Waffles?
KATIE: Waffles, not everything is about you.
WAFFLES: It's not? Are you sure??
If it weren't for all of our wonderful friends, readers and fellow bloggers there wouldn't be a GLOGIRLY cat blog. It's you who make everything possible and inspire us to share our stories and antics. You mean the world to us. Being recognized with an award like the Nose to Nose is very special and meaningful to us. We're nominated by friends and peers, then a panel of industry experts does all of the judging. There's no begging for votes, no popularity contest.
Best of all, each award winner is given the opportunity to select a shelter to receive a $500 cash donation, sponsored by Mars PetCare, that the shelter can use however they wish. Whether it's keeping the lights on, making repairs or buying supplies... the shelter gets to choose.
So congratulations to the real winner: Our hometown, no-kill, all-volunteer cat shelter, Minnesota's Feline Rescue.
Thanks for joining us!
On the Road with Waffles & Katie
We had a BLAST at the BlogPaws conference and loved taking you with us!
In case you're still catching up -
Day One: Nashville or Bust
Day Two: B&B FAIL
Day Three: The Long Ride to Nashville
Day Four: Do You Smell Something?
Day Five: A Public Katie Sighting???
Day Six: Love & KFC
Day Seven: Waffle House Pit Stop
Day Eight: The Last Leg