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Cat Writers’ Association Certificate of Excellence : our work is awarded

The Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA) is an international journalism organization founded in 1992 to promote the interests of cats; to provide a medium for exchange of ideas, methods and professional courtesies; and to promote a high standard of ethics in the collection, creation, and dissemination of cat information. CWA is a dynamic professional group of passionate cat advocates composed of writers, bloggers, photographers, artists, and broadcasters. The Association promotes mentorship for new writers, provides writing/publishing educational opportunities, and seeks to improve the quality of cat information by recognizing and rewarding outstanding published work in its annual contest.

Standards are high : there are three judges for each category, and winning a certificate means that judges assign an average score of 90 or more to the work presented.

We regularly share our daily lives with you in short articles, but we also work hard to publish some “serious” educational articles every year ; our native language is French, and we translate ourselves our writings.

So we were particularly pleased and proud to announce you two weeks ago that the Cat Writers’ Association had awarded us a Certificate of Excellence for our article about pain in cat (English version), but we had not yet received it : it’s finally arrived on Wednesday in our mailbox !

We would like to be able to participate in the CWA’s annual conference, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but this is unfortunately not possible. Fortunately, we’ll be able to follow the reports of our CWA member friends on social networks.

Congratulations to all the Certificate winners !

Wonderful news and wonderful week

First of all, the news : we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we received a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association for our article about pain in cat !

This is the first time Claire has dared to submit one of our articles to the CWA contest ; we are pleased and proud to see our efforts rewarded, and to find ourselves among famous and talented bloggers.

Then, what a week ! The sun shone every day, and we can say that spring has really arrived. Insects are shaking, trees are budding, and we’re enjoying the garden while Claire is cutting the raspberries.

What about you ? Already in spring, or still in winter ? Have a pawsome week !

4 myths about BlogPaws conference busted

As you know, we are honored to be selected as a Nose-to-Nose Awards finalist for Best Photo on a Pet Blog.

Sadly, we cannot attend the conference because of Claire’s work commitments. As she doesn’t want to let us go alone there, we’ll join the fun on the blogs of our lucky friends who go to Kansas City virtually. However, there are some myths about the BlogPaws conference we want to bust.

Myth #1 : I am a brand new blogger, it’s not for me

On the contrary, BlogPaws conference is made for you !

You’ll meet many other enthusiastic pet bloggers of all kind, you’ll meet many wonderful pets of all kind, you’ll connect directly with brands you love or you’re interested in, you’ll learn how to block time to blog efficiently, you’ll learn how to set goals for your blog and how to reach them, you’ll learn how to monetize your blog, you’ll learn how to use social medias for your blog, you’ll learn how to take great photos and many tips and tricks from other bloggers, if you’re a cat blogger you’ll enjoy the cat lounge, you’ll see stylish pets and their humans in evening dress walk the Red Carpet to the Nose-to-Nose Awards Ceremony, you’ll laugh, or cry, or both during the ceremony, and you’ll have fun !

Myth #2 : it’s too expensive


In itself, it’s not expensive : during three days, you can visit 7 exhibit hall events and the cat lounge, you can chose among 13 breakout sessions events and 2 keynotes events to attend, you have 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches included (or you can join the 2 lunch table topic events), you can have a One to One’s session with top professionals of the pet blogging world or of the pet industry, you can enjoy the Pet Park, and the best, you can be at the Nose-to-Nose Awards Ceremony.

But it’s a pity some people who want to go cannot afford it for different reasons (we know some people are sponsored by friends or by a brand), and we are sad for them.

Myth #3 : I don’t monetize my blog, it’s not for me

See answer #1, except the monetize stuff… Seriously, where else would you have the opportunity to meet 500 pet bloggers all together at the same place, and learn so many things in so little time for bringing your blog to an upper level ?

Myth #4 : I cannot attend, why should I care ?

If you’re a member of the BlogPaws community, it’s a way to be part of the fun, even from far away. Many members post on Facebook or tweet about it live, or blog about it a few days after the conference. They all have learned something, they all lived « their » conference, and you can learn from them. And for the Nose-to-Nose Awards Ceremony, the BlogPaws Team makes a video and you can watch it on YouTube.

We’ve been doing this since we heard of the BlogPaws Conference ; it’s not like being at the conference, of course !

And you, are you going to the conference this year ?