I spent the last three days in Salt Lake City, Utah with about 400 of my fellow pet bloggers at BlogPaws 2012. This was my second BlogPaws experience, and it was even better than last year’s conference in Tysons Corner, VA. From attending top-notch presentations by blogging and social media experts to networking with other bloggers, the weekend was a blur of learning, networking, and socializing.
But as was the case last year, the highlight of the conference for me was connecting and reconnecting with so many of my blogging friends, including Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair, Stephanie Harwin of Catsparella, Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger Conservation Cub Club, Tamar Arslanian of I Have Cat, Angie Bailey of Catladyland, Deb Barnes of The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, Janea Kelley of Paws and Effect, Janiss Garza of Sparkle Cat, Karen Nichols of Mousebreath, Debbie Glovatsky of Glogirly and so many others. I was especially delighted to finally get to meet Peter Wolf of Vox Felina.
For me, the best part of this year’s BlogPaws was the Catification Lounge, brought to us by Miss Moderncat Kate Benjamin and Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy, who was represented by Jill Delzer, Production Assistant at Spirit Essences and owner of Ally McPets, a professional pet sitting service in Redondo Beach, CA. That’s Kate and Jill with me in the photo above.
Picture an entire hotel ballroom full of cat furniture, cat toys, and other cat paraphernalia – the definition of paradise for cat lovers. Not surprisingly, my fellow cat bloggers and I gravitated toward the lounge throughout the conference, and you could often find a group of us soaking up all the good cat mojo in the lounge.
On Friday night, Kate hosted a reception in the Catification Lounge, and attendees could enter a drawing to win one of the many fantastic items shown, like the cat tower in the photo above with Peter Wolf and Robin Olson. Everything on display was given away to some very happy winners. I know that Allegra and Ruby will love their Moderncat Scratch Tower – I had to have it shipped because it definitely wouldn’t have fit into my suitcase!
Another highlight of this year’s conference was a completely unexpected one. I got to meet the very special little cat I’m holding in the photo at the top of this post. Moki is a special needs kitty who acts as a public spokes cat and advocate for disabled animals. You may have seen Moki on an episode of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats. I’ll be writing more about Moki soon.
I had an absolutely amazing time, and I can’t wait for BlogPaws 2013, which will take place in Tysons Corner, VA May 16-18.
Allegra and Ruby are happy to have me back home. As you can see in the photo above, Allegra made sure I unpacked right away and put the evil suitcases away.