A history of the Dash Kitten blog? Well, it seems a good time to reflect on our journey, especially as I have achieved Finalist placings in the BlogPaws® 2018 Nose to Nose Awards. How far we have come, and how much learned over the past few years.

Whskr in Brisbane

Many recent readers may not know the blog’s roots amongst the host of popular blogs now read online. When starting out I discovered blogs about life, about finance and most importantly for Dash Kitten, blogs about pets.

Some of the best blog samples inspired me to jump in and give it a try. Blogging superstars such as Sparklecat the Somali, and Katie and Waffles at Glogirly left readers like me awestruck with wonder that cats could blog. I had to try! Dash and I approached Sparkle for blog tips, she graciously responded, and the blog was off!

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History of Dash Kitten – The Early Years

Dash Kitten started on Blogger, because for newbies and beginners it is a good place to start. The learning curve is not as steep as with WordPress and some top bloggers still call Blogger home.

Founder Cat Dash Kitten soon realised he wanted to be where the action was. For him this meant WordPress. DashKitten.com moved with assistance from Blogelina. As inexperienced new bloggers we needed help, and we knew it so to keep sane we paid for someone to move us!

Dash Kitten began as a helping blog. Dash, our Founder Cat gave the blog a focus after being one of the fundraisers in many of the popular online Twitter parties that helped raise thousands for charities, helped keep Twitter anipals in their homes, and sometimes help pay a desperately overdue bill.

Dash Kitten in Beret #wlf

The fun of these early parties was huge, dozens turned up, avatars were specially created for themed events, and teams of Twitter anipals co-ordinated their efforts in fundraisers sometimes lasting well over 12 hours, so that every time zone could be included. We even had security teams as spammers spotted the massive activity and tried to take the parties over!

Dash has made and kept some wonderful friends and, with talented fellow bloggers Nerissa from Nerissa’s Life and Savvy from Savannah’s Paw Tracks, launched a series of adventures that culminated in the team winning a BlogPaws Nose to Nose Certificate for Collaboration on a Blogging Project.

Twitter Tips for Social Media

Sudden Tragedy at Dash Kitten

Things were developing at a fun and frantic pace and Dash was establishing a high profile as a fundraiser and organiser until his shocking death in a dog attack in 2013. His death stunned the blog’s readers and friends.

The response from his hundreds of social media friends in the blogosphere and on Twitter was immense and supportive. Sadly, the local authorities anywhere are not interested when a dog kills a cat. Twitter pal @NikePurrfectCat even set up a GoFund me and presented the blog with $600US to be donated to a local cat rescue here in New Zealand.

  • Dash even got a shout out from kitty mega star @Sockington.

Meow Out From Sockington

The blog took a time out while I recovered from the shock of Dash’s death then continued with its helping focus intact. Recovering from Dash’s death took a long time, but the support of Twitter friends and then returning to blogging was fantastic therapy. It kept me in touch with so many paw-some friends who remain close to this day.

Angel Dash Kitten Memorial Image 1

The blog continued to fundraise for cats in need, helped share to find urgent shelter for cats, and also shared appeals. The Crew also began to take part in BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday, and discovered that BlogPaws was an organisation that could be of real benefit to us as cat bloggers.

A History of Dash Kitten – Moving On

I knew the blog would have to raise its game to make more of an impact in the blogosphere, so I began to study what BlogPaws had to say, and to learn and be inspired by fellow bloggers.

The journey is one every blogger makes. The blog began, I learned, I published, I learned more and more. So for any blogger just starting out, or transitioning to a new area, remember. It takes time, and it takes work. As bloggers none of us ever stop learning and improving.

Blog Paws Blog Hop Button

I began to learn about taking better pictures and writing better posts. Then how to take keywords and Google seriously (well I try). I absorbed tips and tricks from bloggers on how to promote a successful blog. I also made some of the best friends I could ever have, fellow bloggers on their own journeys of discovery. The blog has continued its helping focus and the journey, so far, has been an amazing one.

The Crew have also not left their fundraising behind. Amongst the animals the blog has helped:

Dash Kitten Sponsors Magic

Our sponsors are a select bunch who like our approach and the fact we love including videos in our reviews. They include the world’s most stylish pet cam Petcube, Dusty’s favourite feeder from SurePet, our cat locator Tabcat, Basepaws DNA and Pioneer Pet. Our DNA blog post has recently received a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association.

BlogPaws® International Ambassador

BlogPaws Ambassador

A ‘career highlight’ for the blog was being appointed the first BlogPaws International Ambassador in 2016. I visited the USA and took in the amazing State of Arizona, and the even more amazing heat. I was inspired to take my tinkering with movies to another level by Ron Lee, BlogPaws speaker!

By this time the blog had begun to get organised, I assembled our BlogPaws 2016 posts into a page of links for readers to enjoy and the DashKitten Crew burned up Twitter at the conference itself which was a lot of fun.

I learned so much at the conference, and have learned even more in the two years since. The helping focus remains for the blog, and now Dash Kitten helps newbies make their first movies, and make cat tech and science understandable to the ordinary cat and their human.

BlogPaws or Bust Competition Dash Kitten

A History of Dash Kitten – 2018 Nose to Nose Awards

The blog has come a long way, and learned a lot in our blogging journey and, someone has noticed. The Crew are Finalists in three separate categories at the top pet blogging event, the 2018 BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards.

Nose to Nose Awards 2018
Dash Kitten sits alongside some of the pet blogging world’s finest in the Best Cat Blog, Best Pet Video and Founders Award categories. We are in the company of cat blogs, dog blogs and blogs ‘beyond the paw’. Each of these blogs can teach us something, and some of which we taught as well through our 2017 #DKVideo challenge!

Driving Mr Dusty from The Dash Kitten Movie Crew

Dash Kitten Right Now

Win or lose at the Awards, I know that Dash Kitten will continue to be inspired by its readers and to help them understand the rapidly changing cat tech world around us, and to have fun with cats, and making movies.

The hashtag for the BlogPaws 2018 Conference is #blogpaws.

Will Dash Kitten and I see you on Twitter? Or will we see you for real in Kansas City, USA?

Nose to Nose Awards 2018

Marjorie and the
Dash Kitten Crew

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    Summer

    March 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    You’ve come a long way – that is so awesome!

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    Lone Star Cats

    March 28, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Cool to learn all about your blog’s history!

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    Brian Frum

    March 29, 2018 at 12:39 am

    That was such a cool recap, except for the Dash part of course. You really have done wonders and have one of the best blogs around! Hey, we remember you from before you were famous!

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    Seville at Nerissa's Life

    March 29, 2018 at 5:10 am

    A BlogPaws Finalist… THREE TIMES OVER! Wow. I’m pretty sure this is some kinda record, my friends. I’m pretty sure of it, FOR SURE! And so very, very, VERY well-deserved. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Many, many, MANY congratulations. PURRS

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    Ruth Epstein

    March 29, 2018 at 7:42 am

    WOW first congratulations on your nomination, what an amazing journey you have taken with your blog and I admire you for all you are doing. I am so so sorry about Dash but he was an inspiration to you and many others and you were blessed to have had him in the beginning.

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    Allison

    March 29, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing your journey as a blogger. I enjoyed reading how other pet bloggers have helped you. That has been my experience too. I also appreciated how you’ve continued to change to meet the needs of readers. My audience is local and I have broadened beyond my blog to help them. I’m sorry about Dash. Like my first cat, it sounds as if he’s been an inspiration to you.

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    Sonja

    March 29, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I came to your blog later in its history so this was super interesting! I had always wondered about”Why Dash?” now I know! Pet bloggers unite! Congrats on the nomination!

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    Katie Sample

    March 29, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Wow, you have really come a long way! Congrats on being nominated for Nose to Nose, that is really excited! I hope one day my blog will get to that point as well.

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      Dash Kitten

      March 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Thank you. We hope that sharing our journey will encourage others who get discouraged. We all have so much to learn.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    March 29, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Concatulations on your nomination this year! Safe travels to the USA!

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    Sweet Purrfections

    March 29, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations on being selected as a finalists and we’ll continue to follow you on your blogging journey. We look forward to seeing you at BlogPaws.

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    Kamira G.

    March 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Congrats on being a finalist. It was great learning the backstory of DashKitten and how you got to where you are now. Oh I remember that video Driving Mr. Dusty! It was one of the first few blog posts I discovered from your blog after the death of my own Dusty. It really connected with me. Thanks for your inspiring and helpful blogs and tips for making videos too. Good luck at Blog Paws!

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    Christine AnimalHealer

    March 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Congrats on placing as a finalist! I”m so sorry about the loss of Dash. That must have been so difficult. But we prevail when we lose our beloved fur babies don’t we? It sounds like you have grown so much since then and learned a lot. Thanks for sharing such an interesting blogging journey

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    Talent Hounds

    March 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats on being a finalist and on all you do. Look forward to seeing you and talking video in 3 weeks.

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    Sandy Kubillus

    March 29, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    I loved reading about your history and was so sorry to hear about Dash. You have come a long way. Great movie and congrats on the nomination. I hope to meet you in Kansas City!

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    Beth

    March 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations on being a finalist. You’ve certainly done a lot with your blog, and you are still helping so many! I didn’t realize that Dash was killed by a dog, that is very sad.

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    meowmeowmans

    March 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    We’re so happy for you, and proud of you! Look how far you’ve come!

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    Amy Hempe

    March 29, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Isn’t incredible how the BlogPaws community can support one another? It’s also wonderful how Dash lives on in spirit and helps so many other cats.

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    Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    March 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I love learning the history! I am sorry for what happened to Dash; so tragic. I do believe Dash is pretty proud of his momma and mewing down to you, especially with your well-deserved nod as a finalist! Congrats and Bravo!

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    Stephanie Seger

    March 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I am so sorry about Dash! I had no idea and had never heard the origin of your blog. What a blessing you kept going or Dash Kitten wouldn’t be where it is today – a stand out blog among the rest and one that absolutely deserves to win in April! Best of luck! Me and the droolies are rooting for you!

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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    March 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Congratulations on being a finalist 3 times over! I wasn’t a visitor until after Dash Kitten had sadly got his wings, although I had heard what happened and that is how I found you.

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    Chirpy Cats

    March 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    What an interesting recap of the Dash Kitten story, enjoyed this reading this! I feel very honored to be nominated with you. Your content is top notch and fun to read! I didn’t know about the tragic death of Dash Kitten and I’m so glad that he’s spirit is living on in your blog. Congratulations against on being a triple finalist!!

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    Glogirly

    March 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Awww… what a sweet shout out. Thank you so much. Congratulations on your amazing journey AND your triple N2N nods! Enjoy the conference!

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    The Daily PIp

    March 31, 2018 at 1:25 am

    I really LOVE this so much on many different levels! You have certainly come a long way. Congrats on your nominations and I am honored to be nominated in a category with you!

    Hope you you don’t mind but I might do a similar post with the history of The Daily Pip. I will, of course, mention that I got the idea from you.

    See you in 20 days!

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    Cathy Armato

    April 6, 2018 at 4:09 am

    What a great idea to share the history of Dash Kitten. I’m so sorry, I didn’t know that Dash was killed so tragically in a dog attack. I admire your strength and courage to carry on and continue to do great things with this blog. You and Dash are so inspirational. I’m thrilled for all your success and your Finalist nomination in 3 categories!! I look forward to seeing you in KC!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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