Did you know that some catblogging posts are more equal than others? We learned that this week to our dismay when for the first time ever a Carnival of the Cats host dissed our weekly Tiny and Baby posts. Tiny, above, couldn't care less, but we found it grist for our blogmill.
"I caught that Sissy snuck in her links anyway, but I decided not to delete the comment," writes a pontificating KT Cat of The Scratching Post, host of this week's Carnival of the Cats. How far the mighty have fallen. 'Wonder what the Father of All Cat Bloggers, Laurence Simon, thinks of their trashing of sisu and Tiny and Baby:
Someone sent in three links to posts with photos of cats and topics that were totally unrelated. The Feline Theocracy declares thee an apostate! To the tuna mines with you.
That "someone" was ourselves, and not so much as a link to our blog was posted in recognition of the unspoken linky-love raison d'être of carnival blogging. We had emailed in our usual info about catposts of the previous week -- three of 'em -- to firstname.lastname@example.org and were horrified to learn after never receiving a trackback that our always exceptional catblogging didn't come up to the "standards" of this KT Cat person:
Compare your post with any of the others and I think you'll see what I mean.
We breathed deeply and remembered Laurence's wonderful quote posted at Little Green Footballs last year:
Tiny and Baby rule.
When we checked back to see what was being said behind our back, we got the totalitarian Fear-Society-Lite tenor of the Scratching Post world view from commenter Kukka-Maria:
As Mother Superior of the Holy Order of Ocean Whitefish, I fully support your editorial decisions.
Plus, it looks like Sissy got her links posted anyway within her comment. ;) I love passive-agressives!
"Got her links posted anyway?" What are carnivals for, fergossake? Politically correct cat blogging can be a problem at any time but has nothing to do with cats. A comment posted at Classical Values this morning gives us courage:
By way of explanation he quotes Ann Althouse:
Bloggers on the right link to you when they agree and ignore the disagreements, and the bloggers on the left link only for the things they disagree with, to denounce you with short posts saying you're evil/stupid/crazy, and don't even seem to notice all the times you've written posts that take their side.
As best we can tell, KT Cat at Scratching Post is looking for heretics.
Updates: Laurence Simon updates the FAQ's at Carnival of the Cats headquarters "to include something about the host making their best effort to be as inclusive as possible with all submitted links," and KT offers a peace pipe filled with catnip.