Saturday, July 30, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Inspired by this NYT piece, Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon hits the nail on the head as to why catblogging is more popular than dogblogging:

dogs aren’t as easy to photograph. The very thing that makes dogs great pets–they love you more than life itself–makes it really hard to catch them doing something cute or funny with the camera? Why? Because when you point your camera at the average dog, they get so excited that you’re looking at them, they quit doing whatever they are doing to come over to you to say hi.

This is quite true. There have been numerous times when I have tried to take a picture of Grace, our Golden Retriever, but when she see me, she comes right at me–hence, not picture. Tigger the cat, however, will stay still far more often.

And is it just me, or is the end of the NYT piece in question slamming both cats and bloggers?

There’s a deeper answer to be had at, where users post pictures of their cats gazing at pictures of other cats already posted on the Infinite Cat site. You see an infinite regress: pictures of cats looking at pictures of cats looking at pictures of cats.

Remind you of anything? Those cats are like so many bloggers sitting at home staring into their computer screens and watching other bloggers blog other bloggers. Cats, who live indoors and love to prowl, are the soul of the blogosphere. Dogs would never blog.

I suspect both Garfield and Bucky Cat would agree.

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2 Responses to “The Mystery of Catblogging Solved!”

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    1. Jan Says:

      Is that last comment really so wrong. . .

    2. B. Minich, PI Says:

      Without commenting on the merits of this argument, let me just say that Lileks has to be the best dogblogger out there. I don’t know how he gets so many pictures of Jasper looking regal and noble, but he does.

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