Apr 302018
 

BlogPaws 2018 signHi everyone. Island Cat Mom here…once again taking over the blog from the cats.

Well, another BlogPaws conference has come and gone. This year’s conference was held in Kansas City, MO, and was the 10th one…quite an achievement for conferences like these. It was the 6th one that I’ve attended. 

Why do I like going to the BlogPaws conference? Sure, there’s things to learn, great speakers to inspire, and brand representatives to meet…but most of all I love the opportunity to get together with other pet bloggers…like-minded animal loving people.

I thought I’d share with all of you some photos I took while at BlogPaws this year to give you the flavor of what it was like being there.

Vendors, Sponsors, and Having Some Fun

There were lots of vendors and sponsors to connect with. It was fun to see new pet products that are or will be available.

BlogPaws 2018 vendors

BlogPaws 2018 vendors

This year, there were some “experiential areas” where we could hang out…a patio, a living room, an office, and a kitchen.

BlogPaws 2018 patio

This was the pool on the patio…complete with unicorn float. No, I did not get into the pool…but some dogs did.

There were lots of cool things to do in the Exhibit Hall.

Having fun at BlogPaws 2018

Here I am hamming it up at the Merrick Kissing Booth.

Dawn from Lola the Rescued Cat and I had some fun while helping #HaloFeedItForward. For every Instagram post tagged with the hashtag #HaloFeedItForward, Halo Pet Foods donated food to shelter pets. How cool is that?!? I love companies that give back.

BlogPaws 2018 Meowijuana Cat

The crazy Meowijuana Cat. I think this guy needs to lay off the nip!

The Weruva rep having some fun

Even the vendors had a good time with the animals. The Weruva rep got down with Louie the French bull dog for some playtime.

The Cat Lounge

One of my favorite things at BlogPaws is the Cat Lounge. This year’s Cat Lounge was a little smaller than previous years. That’s because Kate Benjamin from Hauspanther who usually oversees the lounge was not able to attend due to some health issues. But Kate wanted the lounge to be there, so a group of cat bloggers and others volunteered to set up and manage it.

BlogPaws 2018 Cat Lounge

BlogPaws 2018 Cat Lounge

On display were all the latest trends in cat-related products both for cats and their humans.

The Cat Bloggers

As I mentioned before, the BEST part of the BlogPaws conference…at least for me…is getting together with other pet bloggers…and particular my fellow cat bloggers…people who I have come to know through blogging and now call friends.

BlogPaws 2018 Dawn, Paula and me

It was great to hang out with my Blogging Besties, Dawn from Lola the Rescued Cat and Paula from Sweet Purrfections.

BlogPaws 2018 Cat Bloggers

I enjoyed catching up with Emily from Kitty Cat Chronicles, and Janet and her husband Tom from The Cat on My Head.

BlogPaws 2018 Cat Bloggers

Here’s Katherine from Momma Kat and her Bear Cat, Janet, and Jenny from As the World Purrs.

There were many other cat bloggers there…unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of everyone. As my cats would say, I was too busy kibitizing to take photos. I wish we all could have spent more time together. Three days just isn’t enough.

And The Cats

It seems like more and more cats come to BlogPaws every year. This year was the most I’ve ever seen. I wish Wally, Ernie and Zoey were better travelers. It would be nice to bring one of them with me. But having cats there is great because for the few days I’m there, I don’t go through kitty withdrawal.

Here’re some of the cats attending this year…you may recognize a few of them!

BlogPaws 2018 Cupcake and Chanel

This is Cupcake. I met her at last year’s BlogPaws when she was a kitten and known as Dior. She made such an impression on Julie from Cats Herd You that Julie adopted her. And now Julie brought Cupcake to her second BlogPaws.

Also there was Cupcake’s sister, Chanel from Random Felines.

BlogPaws 2018 Kylo Ren and Pumpkin

The Adventure Cat, Kylo Ren from Kitty Cat Chronicles was there. This too was his second BlogPaws.

This pretty girl is Pumpkin. It was a real pleasure meeting her.

BlogPaws 2018 Coco and Summer

Once again the best dressed award at the conference went to Coco, the Couture Cat. Coming in at a close second was Summer.

BlogPaws 2018 Dori and Samson

This was Dori’s, from Wonderpurr, first BlogPaws. I heard she didn’t handle it so well, and was doing most of her conference reports from under the hotel room bed. I was glad she came out from under for a little while so I could get to meet her.

Handsome Samson was there again. I first met Samson at the Phoenix conference when he was just a kitten. He is one cool cat.

BlogPaws 2018 kittens

Jeanne from Random Felines usually brings kittens with her to BlogPaws. But since she brought Chanel this year instead, I was afraid this conference would be kitten-less. But I was so wrong. There were lots of kittens including these two cuties, Stormie and Smudge. Aren’t they adorable?

Oh there were lots of dogs there too. I realized after I got home how few pictures I took of dogs…practically none!

Nose-To-Nose Awards

Having my blog selected as a finalist for a Nose-to-Nose Award as Best Cat Blog was quite the honor. I totally wasn’t expecting it.

I was in good company walking the Red Carpet before the awards banquet. All the cat blogger finalists that were there took a group photo. I’m proud to be standing with such talented women!

BlogPaws 2018 Cat Blogger Finalists

Katherine from Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat, Emily from Kitty Cat Chronicles, Dawn from Lola the Rescued Cat, Paula from Sweet Purrfections, me, Kimberly from Wonderpurr, and Marjorie from Dash Kitten (Photo courtesy of BlogPaws)

BlogPaws 2018 Best Cat Blog Finalists

This was my second time being a finalist, the last time was in 2015 at the Nashville conference. I didn’t win…but that’s okay. Being recognized as a finalist makes me feel like a winner. Congratulations to Chirpy Cats for winning the Best Cat Blog category this year. It is very well deserved.

My Final Thoughts

This year’s BlogPaws conference was a bittersweet one. As some of you may have heard, Chewy.com has acquired BlogPaws and is taking over running it. Most of the BlogPaws team that we have grown to love and call friends have all moved on to other opportunities. Change is difficult. I know I don’t like a lot of change. My own blogging experience has grown with BlogPaws. Chewy plans to continue the BlogPaws community, including the conference. There’s even some talk about having smaller, regional conferences several times during the year. I’m keeping an open mind as to what they will do. Hopefully, BlogPaws will continue on as is…or get even better.

Next year’s annual conference will be held in Florida. The exact location and dates haven’t been announced yet…the details are still being worked out. But Chewy promises to let us know soon…because I, for one, can’t wait to go again!

  52 Responses to “The Sights at BlogPaws 2018”

  1. looks like fun. congrats on being a finalist. well deserved.

  2. Nice to get recognition–congratulations, and a great selection of photos for us to get an idea of what it was like, since we couldn’t go.

  3. Thanks for sharing all the great photos Sue! It was lovely to see you and all the friends I miss xx

    Wow! I didn’t realize Blog Paws has been “sold” ! I suppose that does change everything! But hopefully for the better 🙂 I’d love to go to a Blog Paws conference again some day so I hope the conferences continue to grow in popularity and are realized yearly.

    Congrats on the nomination. We love you and your blog!

    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

  4. Sue, you deserve every accolade! I love your blog, and so does everyone else! Glad you had a good time.

  5. What a great roundup! These photos really made the head peep smile. She loved seeing you, and she says she can’t wait to see everyone in Florida next year!

  6. Thank you for sharing awesome photos! We’ll continue to hope BlogPaws comes to the west coast (you know, all the way over to the west coast) so we might be able to attend someday.

  7. What a fabulous and inclusive post. I always get way too busy to take as many photos as I would like. I don’t even remember the two I was in being taken. May I use those on my blog as well with credit to you? Sure hope we find out more about 2019 in Florida soon. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer and Mom Janet

  8. Oh, thank you for putting faces to the blogs we read!!! And thank you for all you do, you amazing woman (and kitties!). I wish there were a conference in FRANCE!!!

  9. Mom is always jealous of all the fun at BlogPaws. Hopefully, the 2019 will be her year to go since it’s in Florida!

    Allie says thank you for helping her celebrate her birthday!

    The Florida Furkids

  10. Look like it was a fun conference and you had great time. It will also be interesting to see what happens with Chewy since they were purchased by PetSmart. I rarely order from Chewy anymore but they are a good resource for pet supplies.

  11. Thanks for sharing all the fun we missed, we really enjoyed each and every one of them!

  12. Thank you for sharing this amazing event. As I live in Scotland we don’t have many catty things. It was great to read and look at the photos about Blog Paws.

  13. That you had a great time at BlogPaws is so obvious! And thanks for sharing it with those of us who did not go.
    I hope the ‘new’ directors of this event will be wonderful to all those who participate.
    And kudos to yourself for that honor you received:)

  14. Thank you so much for publishing the pictures of the cats and the bloggers there. I would so love to meet them but it will never happen. This is a wonderful alternative. Congratulations on your achievement with Blog Paws. You are a blogger I enjoy reading each day. And your three fur babies are in my heart.

  15. guyz…..pleez ta tell yur mom thanx for sharin bout her adventurez N theeze fotoz….itz nice ta see for thoz oh uz who couldna a tend !! conga ratz two chirpy cats……we never did heer who all de winnerz were !! 🙂 ♥♥☺☺

  16. That was an awesome BlogPaws! Of course, after this past weekend’s Pet Expo, it feels like it was SO long ago!

  17. What a wonderful round-up ! You’re so right, being a finalist makes you feel like a winner indeed. Claire was with you “heart and soul”, but nothing is better than meeting nose to nose ! Purrs

  18. It looks like you had a lot of fun meeting up with friends old and new……..and some kittens and pups in the mix too! It’s a big honor to be nominated for ANY award and you definitely deserve that honor. We love your blog – always have. Thanks for sharing the photos and fun.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  19. We’re glad you had a good time at BlogPaws! Our mommy won’t be going to FL but maybe one day there’ll be an event that she’ll get to see you again too!

  20. What wonderful pictures and captions we felt like we were there with you.
    Hugs madi and mom

  21. MeOW That looks like so much fun. We sure wish we could’a been there and got to see you again. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  22. Thanks for all those wonderful pictures of Blog Paws. Such fun to see pictures of all the bloggers. Sounds like you had a great time.

  23. Thanks for sharing some of the experience with us. Maybe mom can go next time; we’re in Tallahassee.

  24. Looks like you had an amazing time! I love seeing everyone’s pictures of the festivities.

  25. It was a wonderful conference and I was so happy to be able to see you again.
    If you ask me you should have won

  26. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I enjoyed seeing your highlights since I couldn’t go this year. You are right, change is tough, and I hope this one will turn out OK in the long run.

  27. Great review and photos of the conference! Thank you so much for sharing!

  28. WOW! Am I ever jealous–looks like such a wonderful time – I certainly hope they keep doing the conferences so I can go–I would love to meet all the people and the cats!!

  29. I’m glad you had a good time. Hopefully, I will be able to go next year since I live in Florida. I hope they choose Tampa or even Orlando.

  30. Looks like it was a lot of fun!

  31. What a wonderful blog post…

    Thanks.

    hugs,
    Bugsy, Knuckles, and Lou

  32. What a great wrap up post – especially for those who didn’t attend, like me. And look at all those cats!!!

  33. It looks like quite an event! Thanks for all the pictures ta let us know what it is like!

  34. Thank you for sharing your BlogPaws experience. We almost feel like we were there.

  35. Thanks for a great report! It was fun to see everyone and, most of all, the kitties who were there!

    We hope that the next incarnation of Blog Paws will be just as good.

    Purrs,
    The Chans

  36. Looks like a great time, and I love that there were so many cats in attendance! I’m hoping to make it to Florida next year to share in the fun and learning. 🙂

  37. You must have had such a wonderful time. I’ve never been to a BlogPaws conference, but if I ever attend one, I have no doubt that my favorite part would be meeting all of our blogging friends, human and furry alike.

  38. Thank you for the tour. It looks so much fun there! Meeting all the bloggie friends (humans and kitties) must be really wonderful! I sure hope you’ll get to enjoy even better BlogPaws with Chewy!

  39. Looks wonderful!

    Wish we could have been there too 🙂

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  40. I’m so happy we finally met in purrson! Thank you for including Dori in your post. She was encouraged by how everyone she met gave her such a warm welcome. Who knows, maybe she will venture out for another conference in the future.

  41. We enjoyed your report and can now put faces to some of exceptional cat bloggers.
    We think you’re a winner!
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

  42. We rocked that red carpet! I confess … the cat picture section was my favorite 🙂

  43. Thank you for the rundown, Mom Sue! It looks like it was another awesome BlogPaws, and we loved all of your pictures and reportage. We hope to get back to BlogPaws one of these years. It would be great to see you and our other blogging pals. 🙂

  44. Great fotos. Made us almost feel like we were there but without the tears.

  45. It way way more fun for us this year. More productive and more fun meeting so many. We nearly missed a couple of buddies but caught up at the last minute!

  46. I wanna meet that Meowjuana Cat dude. I hear he has good nip. MOUSES!

  47. I am looking forward to seeing what Chewy does with BlogPaws. I only see good things.

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