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Saturday, December 1, 2012

My last post to the CB. The reasons why.

I thought perhaps I should just leave and not mention any reasons why. Then I realized people have left  the CB and  I sometimes wonder why- because no reason is given. It is sad when people leave so I thought I needed to do one last post to provide reasons as to why I am leaving the CB.

Well, I guess I started noticing the changes in the CB over the last year or two. It was not as much as fun.  People did not visit blogs as much and some people just dropped out of sight with no word.   After ML's illness and self-imposed sabaatical started, the CB really began to change. So few people sent any noos. And when they did, it was usually sad news about the death of a cat. While I realize many people  genuinely grieve over their cats, it was beginning to be too much for me to visit the CB main page and have it read like the obituary page of a newspaper. Argh... way too sad!! If it was not the obituaries, there were at least one if not two auctions going at a time. Again, I realize the need for the auctions, but has anyone thought how it looks for there to be auctions on the CB home page.  No? let me tell you how it looks to me. Like anyone with a cat can just send in a message for a need  and voila -an  auction is posted. Free Money if you go to the CB and send in a message saying you have a need!  Is that how we want to be represented to the world? As the place where one can send a message and get an auction going?? I doubt it. Obits used to be rare events as did auctions. It  was NEWS when someone was in genuine need. It was NEWS when a beloved 'cat blogger' died.

With the growth of the CB, there will now be no weeks without the news that a cat of a blogger has died somewhere in the CB world. I am not saying that the CB should not recognize that but does it really need to be on the home page? There are plenty of links to other pages. Why not make a link to "Rainbow Bridge" page for people to set up memorials or links to their posts about a beloved cat? If you want to know if a kitty has died, you can check that page.

Also, I believe the auctions should be moved to a page of their own so they are not on the home page. The home page should be news that happened that day. There is no need to keep an announcement up for more than a day unless it is about a party/happening that needs to be announced over several days in advance so people will know where and when. If you want to know if an auction is running, then you can check the auction page. In fact, I thought there was  going to be an auction page but I gather I was misinformed.

 I will say that the  proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" is when both my  husband and I sent news of Mia's kittens  several times including a comment to the noos section of the CB page.  We waited patiently for the news to appear. We contacted people with the news. We posted at our own blog about it. Yet, the news of Mia's kittens did not appear. When it finally did appear over a week later, it was  below a rather nasty message from Mog:

A note to those that email stuff to the noos, please include a link. I do not know all the kitties nor do I have time to hunt down all comments and links left in Mr Linky to find one. KC and ML will be back in January.


Now, If we had not  given links as well as posted comments which always have a link to the person/blog that sent it, we could understand that comment. Alas, we did indeed give links to  our blogs and my comment in the news section did indeed have a link to our blog.  No need to do any thing more than click on the link above my comment. It is that easy!! Yet,  during this time, news/obits continued to be posted on the CB home page making me wonder if it was just our news that was not being posted???? SO i would send another message announcing the good news of Mia's kittens. 

If Mog does not have the time on a daily basis to post news to the CB homepage, perhaps that  task could be given to someone else. If Mog does not want to do this (ie keep up the CB homepage) then please find someone else who will want to do this willingly. 

For those bloggers who know us on FB, see ya round on FB! . Please note- all are welcome to visit our blogs. They are still up. My/Alexi's blog has changed focus to the cattery. G's blog remains his and he can do with it what he wants. I suspect it will remain but G does not post regularly as his typist is busy with work. 

I hope this explains things. 

60 comments:

Alexi said...

NO one cares. Typical. C'est la vie. This post will remain up for a few days so people can read it. Then I will remove it and get on with our new focus on the blog. My next post will be about Mia's kittens. They will be 2 weeks old next Tuesday.

Willow said...

We didn't know about any trouble with the CB but we are looking forward to seeing Mia's kittens.

Purrrrrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

We care...and are sad for you and all of us.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...
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Alexi said...

Teri, It is comments like yours that are proof enough that the CB has indeed changed. We appreciate our friends but obviously you are not one. SO please do not come back to our blog ever again!

Daisy said...

I'm so sorry you are feeling sad, but I don't think anyone intentionally meant to hurt you. I have a feeling there is just so much going on that it's hard to keep up with everything on the CB.

Baby Patches said...

Momma and I just wanted to say that we has noticed a change to the CB page, we were actually quite depressed at there never being any news posted and it is kind of sad seeing obits and auctions. We kind of wonder if other news was not getting posted because everyone knew things were not being kept up. We didn't even ask to have our Halloween contest posted. We imagine it would be a bit time consuming to put everything up there but maybe the happier things were not even being sent in.

Momma is very bad about visiting because of our shop. And we fear this is a large reason for so few comments on my blog but time moves & is limited. Many purrrrs to you and your kitties. Good luck with your cattery!

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

It's not that no one cares. In fact, I posted in response to your previous blog post, which you then deleted. And I posted a response on the CB, too, where you couldn't delete it.

I'm sorry you are feeling hurt that your news was overlooked. I have had had news overlooked, and when the news is near to your heart, it hurts having it overlooked when other peoples' news gets posted. We know firsthand. But in the end, you have to decide what's important. From the way you're repeatedly posting links to this post on the CB, you seem to find attention to your being upset important. I'm pretty sure you got attention. There's nothing anyone can do now to go back and change the past when your news was overlooked.

If you feel like you don't fit in at the CB any more, that's sad. If you are looking for a place to promote your cattery, it really might not be the best place, since that's not the focus of the site. That isn't a criticism of you or what you do, just saying that some web sites are a better fit than others when you're trying to get attention for your business. But please don't talk about the people there like they are all heartless and don't care. Some of us have reached out to you, have made gestures of support, and you are acting like none of that ever happened. In the end, that just makes people less willing to be kind to the next stranger, and that's the saddest part of all of this. :(

Alexi said...

All, I deleted the previous post not out of anger but I decided to. This post will also be deleted after a few days as the blog is about the cattery and no posts will be posted at the CB from tomorrow onward.

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We understand how you feel. So much has changed over the last year at the CB. It's no longer a place where we want to visit either.

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