May 29, 2023

Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger and Cute Kitten Pics

Those of you that know me know that I’ve been blogging since before blogging was a word. Back then we just called it writing, and not everybody had their own website. Back then only people who had something to say were blogging. Why?

It cost more. My first domain name was $35, and that was cheap! My hosting cost me $12/month for the most basic plan. There wasn’t even any blogging software like wordpress around. If we wanted to post, we learned perl and wrote our own content management system. My first site was stored entirely in delimited text files.

Anyway… I’ve been reading the A-list blogger sites, and I’ve realized there are 2 main reasons why I’m not an A-List blogger.

1. I don’t work for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, or any other company you’ve heard of. I work for Car Guys, Inc. Because of that, I don’t have to run my posts through a lawyer or post the obligatory “the views expressed herein aren’t the views of Car Guys, Inc.” statement – even though they aren’t.

The downside though, is that most of you don’t care about my opinion on things. Would anybody care what Scoble had to say if he never worked at Microsoft? Would you even know who he is?

2. I don’t post cute kitten pics

It seems like everybody else posts Cute Cat Pictures.

Until Now…..

In the spirit of being a tech blogger, I just got myself a cat – sorta. It’s a bengal. A bengal is a cross between an asian leopard and a domestic cat. You can read more about them on Wikipedia. They’re really cool.

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Bengals are like regular cats only faster, friendlyier, longer, and more curious. They also like to take walks on a leash, play fetch, hide and seek, and swim. That’s right, this cat isn’t only super cool looking, but he swims too! Pretty soon I’ll be teaching him how to use a toilet instead of a litter box. I’ll upload some pictures once he gets the hang of it.
Here’s another picture:
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FYI, those aren’t my pink baseboards. The cat (who I’ve named whodey after the cincinatti bengals mascot) is currently visiting my aunt in Dallas. I’ll be picking him up soon.
About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website:


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