Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, August 23, 2010

Programming Change

Hello! Nice to see you this Monday morning.

As much as I have been enjoying the Monday Page Critiques, I'm afraid there's been a noticeable downward tick in participation, comments, pageviews, etc., and I worry that it was getting a little stale as a regular blog topic. Ratings were too low, alien plotline didn't catch on with viewers, had to make room for new J.J. Abrams show, you know how it goes.

So rather than devote every Monday post to the page critiques, I shall be returning Monday to original topics.

BUT! Weekly Page Critiques will live on in the Forums, where I'll host weekly Friday Page Critique threads with the exact same idea. I'll link to them in This Week in Publishing to remind everyone to click over, and hopefully the Forums will be a better place for the critiques. Please continue to enter one page in this thread if you'd like to have your work critiqued.

And now, since this could hardly thus far be considered a proper blog post, I will leave you with the most hilarious cat video I have seen on the Internet. Everything is better with hilarious cats:







85 comments:

LTM said...

OMG! My little girls thank you--they live for these cat videos...

Hey, Nathan, I wonder if you ever drop by followers' blogs and comment... I'm doing a little market research on my blog today and your insight would be... just... wow. ;p

And I liked reading Monday page critiques... :o)

Surly Jason said...

I think that you may have given us a wrong link in there ...

Nathan Bransford said...

surly jason-

Haha, sorry about that, fixed. Hope you enjoyed the house that was originally linked to though!

Kelli said...

In regards to the page reviews. I read them and then would read your comments. I never commented myself because I don't feel that I have the right. But I enjoyed seeing what you said and have used those thoughts when considering my own writing.

And in regards to the video: funny.

Nancy said...

Cat videos are a great way to start another Monday.

Word verification is stalib, which my iPhone wants to change to Stalin. That better not be a sign if how my week will go.

A.M. Guynes said...

*falls over laughing* I think what makes that cat video so hilarious is some of those same things are done regularly by the three cats living with us. LOL

I haven't read many of the Monday page critiques, mostly because I just recently remembered I had my Blogger account and was watching your blog. *headdesk*

But thanks for the laugh and I might have to drop by the forums to check out the page critique when you start doing it on Fridays.

Misty Waters said...

Way to disappoint a girl! I looked forward to your critiques. :-( I've been watching my blogger for an hour now . . . waiting . . . *sigh* Ah, well . . . as long as you'll still critique them on the threads, I'll just have to stop by there.

Brian Buckley said...

For what it's worth, I thought the page critiques were extremely valuable. Glad to hear they're not disappearing completely.

ryan field said...

Now that you mention it, although I read the posts, learned a few things, and enjoyed the crituqes on Monday, I did have trouble leaving comments on the thread. I didn't want my comment to be misunderstood, so I was cautious about saying anything. I feel strongly about not commenting on works from other authors. I just don't like to do it. And after a while "good post" gets tired.

Anonymous said...

You little rascal. Still, the experience is well worth the few extra clicks. Gratitude remains!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nathan,
I really enjoyed the Monday critiques and learned so much from them. Thanks for hosting those.

I think its possible that people stopped critiquing too because they were listening to your critique. After that, what more needs pointing at? You are pretty good.

If you're going to move it to the forums, will you be opening a new topic per critique or will it be at the end of the submit your page topic?

BTW Am I alone in noticing an increased measure of spam on the forums lately?
AND
Congrats on hitting over 2,000 members there.

joannehuspek said...

I am slightly disappointed as well. See my unhappy face? :-( But I will check out the Friday critique.

Nathan Bransford said...

I'm going to create a dedicated Forum for the weekly critiques when I have an opportunity. All will be revealed.

And if you see spam in the Forums please please please report it. There's a button that looks like a caution sign with an exclamation point, and if you click that and report the post as spam Bryan and I will be able to get to it more quickly.

Anonymous said...

Done!
(so that was what the little snarky "!" was for!)

Cheryl said...

I'm also very sad by Monday Page Critique leaving. :( Is there any way we can change your mind? Don't get me wrong, I'll take Friday in the forums if that is what is offered but I really liked it on the blog. I avoid the forums because I find that I spend too much time there reading which does nothing for my daily word count!

Aoife.Troxel said...

That is hilarious! Have tears of laughter...

Jill said...

I wonder if randomly selecting the opening pages was the problem.

Perhaps it could work if you selected the pages based on a particular point you wanted to make (characterization, dialog tags, starting in media res, whatever you like), and provoke a discussion based on that topic, rather than on the quality of the writer's submission.

I rarely commented on Mondays bc I was definitely hesitant to comment on authors' work.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I loved the page critiques and tried to comment on them a lot at first, but then started doing so less because I'd get to the thread after you and 200+ other commenters had weighed in. I just usually didn't feel I had anything to add, and like Ryan Field said, "good post" gets a little old after a while. I'm glad they'll live on in the forums (even if I don't frequent them now because I already spend more time than I should on writer blogs--I'd get nothing done if I added a very active forum into the mix!).

Nicole MacDonald said...

I feel so bad for the little cat stuck on the cacti - ouch!

Joan Kremer said...

Nathan, I can certainly understand your reasons for moving the critiques to the forum. I valued your page and query critiques a great deal, but they'll be just as valuable in the forum. Thanks so much for doing those critiques in the first place! You're a great model for giving back to the writing community!

Thanks, too, for the fabulous cat video -- it looks like a fast-forward reality show set in my house.

Joan

onefinemess said...

I still read, just don't have much to say these days. Wow, amazed I sat through that whole cat thing.

I'm always amused (amazed?) that people spend their free time cobbling together videos from other videos but, to each, his/her own.

Wild About Words said...

What do you know? That WAS the funniest cat video ever. Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, I'm really disappointed you're not doing the crits on Monday. It was the highlight of my week...sad, but true. I don't read the forums much but will trek over for the Friday event. There are still over 400 entries so people are interested, yes?

Reena Jacobs said...

I almost want a cat after seeing that video!

Stephanie said...

Page critique Mondays were my favorite day to read your blog! I mean I really enjoy reading on the other days of the week, but I always looked forward to Mondays. So, while I'm sad your 86ing them, I'm glad that they'll live on in the forums!

And I really liked Jill's idea about selecting pages by topics rather than at random :) I think that would be really interesting!

The Rejectionist said...

THE ONLY THING THE INTERNET AGREES ON IS TOTES AMAZE CAT VIDEOS

Melanie said...

Why was that cat inside the couch?

This has provoked such important questions.

Silver the Wanderer said...

Nathan -

Awww. :( Although I almost never post comments (mostly because what I have to say has already been said by you or someone else) I DO look forward to Mondays and your page critiques because they are SO SO SO helpful. By looking at others' examples, I have a better idea of what is needed for my own beginning. Beginnings are the hardest part for me, so seeing some examples makes me feel a lot more confident about writing one. I also really like to know what goes through agents' heads while they're reading samples.

Again I really love your page critiques, even though I don't comment a lot - so if you're moving them to the forums, that's fine I guess, but please don't get rid of them altogether!

~Silver

k10wnsta said...

I have to agree with the brunt of the comments here. The page critique Mondays were very insightful and stood out as something to really look forward to.
At the same time, it was always a post I was less likely to comment on because, by the time 20 other folks had dissected the sample (before you'd even posted your own thoughts on it), there wasn't much left to say (but it was always interesting to see how different people perceived a piece).

I suppose if your actual page views on Monday were taking a hit, there's no getting around it. But if your conclusion is based on the number of comments, well, that may not be the best means of gauging its popularity.

All that being said, if you intend to devote the same effort to it on the forums every week, I guess it's not that big a deal.

Anonymous said...

I found them a valuable learning tool, although I never commented b/c I never read them until I got home from work, and by then everybody had already had at it. Glad they're not disappearing completely. (Hey, pick mine sometime!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping the critiques going. I've learned so much from them.

As to the cat video, who knew cats where so vicious towards toddlers. My child is almost one years old and suddenly i'm glad I only have to deal with my crazy cocker spaniel instead of a fearsome cat!

Have a great week.

Easier Read than Done said...

Your Monday page critiques had become one of the highlights of my week. I really enjoyed them and learned a lot. I thought of my own suggestions and then waited for your comments to see how they compared.

I considered the Monday critiques to be comparable to the yellow first line down or the pause button on my DVR,-- an upgrade that was here to stay. Cannot believe it's going out like New Coke.

Please re-consider.

Anonymous said...

I am so dissappointed that you are moving the criqiues. I can't access the forum.

John Jack said...

My discomfort with the page critiques is they only projected one viewpoint. As insightful as they are, they drive redundant responses, which gives a false sense of complete direction.


A reason workshop facilitators try to stay out of manuscript discussions is to avoid narrowing constructive discussion direction. There are many issues struggling writers have to bluntly confront. Any discussion can only go so far, but the broader the perspectives the better the influences on outcomes.

Benny said...

YES!!! I think you've found your Monday hit! See you next week, same time, same channel :D

jjdebenedictis said...

Keep in mind that internet use by North Americans does go down in July/August. The seeming lack of interest could be a bi-product of OMGSUMMERYAY!

Sheila Cull said...

Did Surly Jason say that it may have been wrong because the link is about stupid, rodent like, felines?

Hey all you cat lovers! Just kidding. I guess.

Sheila Cull said...

Now I feel bad because I know some people are really attached to their cat and treat them like a dog. A dog loves you back; a cat doesn't. That's what I don't get.

lora96 said...

I was skippin' Critique Mondays. I have betas to tell me when and how my writing sucks in agonizing detail. I was squeamish about reading someone else's immolation via constructive criticism. It was a public service, I realize. Just not one I cared to read personally. To me, it's like watching a car accident, frankly. :P

Kelly Wittmann said...

I'm so claustrophobic that I can't watch the cats in bottles, bowls, etc. Yikes!

Sam Hranac said...

Cute, funny cat videos. Yeah... you know what the world needs more of? Cute, funny zombie videos.

Maya said...

I'll miss the page critiques on the blog. I especially enjoyed leaving a brief sum-up of my opinion of the piece before you posted your own redline and thoughts. That way I could later compare our opinions and make sure I caught the major issues. I hope in the forums it will still be easy to do the same.

Thanks for keeping the critiques going in the forums, though. I've definitely learned a lot from them.

Livia said...

Page critique Mondays were my favorite as well. But I will follow them on the Forums too :-)

Juice in LA said...

I agree with the collective- Like others I read them every week, and appreciated the knowledge to be gleaned, but never commented, because: uh, what do I know?

for some reason I have been very protective of my first page, but in the spirit of supportive participation- I submitted it....

Nathan Bransford said...

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. It wasn't so much the number of comments as the declining pageviews that had me concerned. Overall traffic is up on the blog over the past few months, traffic on Mondays was sliding.

Let's see how things go in the Forums. I'll probably still occasionally make it a feature on the blog, and if there's enough demand to bring it back as a regular feature I'll definitely consider it. I aim to please!

Cathi said...

I just want to put on my vote to keep the critique, even if it is only a few times a month. It was the only thing that made a Monday qualify as a day of the week!

Polenth said...

I can see some advantages to using the forum, if it's going to have its own subforum. Right now, people are likely to read the most recent critique only. Putting it in the forum will make it easier to browse and comment on older ones.

It also means it's independent of the blog, so if Nathan wanted to do more one week, it wouldn't fill up the blog.

One thing I would like, is perhaps not always doing it at random. Some genres and styles are under-represented, so won't always come up at random. Maybe sometimes select one, because it highlights something different to previous examples?

Anonymous said...

Those crits had me tuning in at the beginning of each week. Maybe you'll consider something similar in the future?

Glad to hear you'll continue them in the forums. I hope participation doesn't fall off too much. All of the differing feedback was helpful...like having a session with a writers' critique group without all the politics.

J. T. Shea said...

I think the entire Internet should be replaced by cat videos.

T. Anne said...

I'm not entirely sad to see the critiques go, BUT I will look for your wisdom in the forums, as it was very educational nonetheless. Sorry if that was too much honesty. I really do heart your blog and all you have to offer. You know what would make me really happy???? Another one of your brilliant contests. Love those!

And was it my imagination or did one of those cats actually walk on water?

Jeff said...

As much as the Monday Critiques drew me into your site, I can understand the move. And as much as I am terrified, in this kitty attacking child world, to admit I don't completely understand something, is there any chance of getting a fleeting walk-through on the forums? I went, I saw, I scratched my head. Thanks! You do please in a very hopeful way. I'm officially a fan.

Lisa said...

I liked the critiques but regardless of the format, I learn some great nugget from just about every post of yours Nathan!

Oh darn, that sounds obsequious and dreadful! Well however it sounds, it's true! I love your site, I really learn a lot - and the comments others post are great too.

Go cats go - my baby is called Isabella Creamy Diva!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I think page crits in the Forums is a great idea - I didn't always stop by on Mondays for them, but would go back and peruse through them later (a mini-Nathan-tutorial of sorts).

As for cats ... my 7yo has a theory about our fascination with cats on the internets. He thinks the singularity happened some time ago, where cats became smarter than humans. We have been their slaves ever since. (I swear I'm not making this up!)

Alicia said...

That's so funny you posted that cat video. My three-year-old at the age of two discovered how to stream Youtube through our TIVO. He even figured out how to go to search and type in CAT (yes, he's a genius-not that I'm biased or anything). I practically have this video memorized because he would play it constantly.

Tricia said...

Monday was my new favorite day of the week, waiting for your critique post to hit my e-mail. By the time I got the e-mail, the first and second post had gone up and commented on. for that reason, I was never a commenter.

Please don't send me to the forums. I have enough distractions as it is from my writing. Plus it's not the same as opening an e-mail. It's a more deliberate act of time-wasting for me.

But you are right, ecerything is better with hilarious cats.

D.G. Hudson said...

Good programming change, Nathan. I was starting to avoid the blog on Mondays, and usually your blog is the first one I check. Too much of the same genre was causing me to lose interest.

I noticed that the same people were being loyal and commenting, but the main attraction WAS your redline comments. Great idea to continue the process in the forums. Many thanks for the editing/revising tips that you've shown us up to this point.

Loved the cat video, it reminded me of several cats I've had in the past.

Nice to see you're very much aware of the response your blog generates. Kudos to you.

Jeff said...

Oh man, I just had a thought. God help me. I'm thinking Monday's will be dedicated to hard-core adult day and by Friday deconstruct to the basics of the biz. Am I far-off? If not, I love it. By Monday I need a vat of coffee and some reminder of a direction, or an objective. I'm tuning in, let me tell you. I'm looking forward to what's coming up. I love Mondays.

Dara said...

LOL, love the cat video! It's never a dull day with two cats and a dog--many of those video clips have have happened in similar fashion in my house.

Miles said...

Well, I'm sure that this comment will be way too far down the list for anyone to bother to read, having fallen victim to the predictable result of complaining about a lack of comments (an avalanche of comments, of course).

But let me register my complaint anyway. When I saw in my RSS reader that there was an update from this blog and remembered that it's Monday, I got excited. This had been a weekly occurrence, because the Monday page critique is a great feature. "How to write a novel" type posts are good too, but broad overviews don't hold a candle to really specific, in-the-weeds analysis.

So the critique will now be on Fridays, in the forum, announced from within the soup of links in the "This Week In Publishing" feature. This is an awful change. The rationale is weak. The solution is lame. You're burying the blog's best regular feature in a place I'm simply not going to bother unearthing every week.

Maybe I'm alone, but this change will pretty strongly decrease my enthusiasm for reading this blog. But I suppose since I'm not a regular commenter, and all that seems to matter is whether a particular post gets a certain number of comments, I wasn't the target audience anyway.

Nathan Bransford said...

Whoa there, Miles. As I said farther up in the thread, I was more concerned about the number of hits declining on Monday rather than the number of comments. If you consider people voting with their clicks, it seemed like it was waning.

Let's just see how things go having them in the Forums for a while. And I wouldn't rule it out bringing it back at some point. Just have to keep things fresh.

Deb said...

Uhhhh...there's a forum?

I confess I stopped doing more than skimming on Mondays, because it seemed like the same genre week after week. Yes, I learned from all of your redlines, and I read them religiously, but I wanted to see more literary fiction, and that rarely seemed to surface lately.

Perhaps it's time to move away from the luck of the draw and on to picking specific pieces you think provide a particular teaching opportunity? I'm sure reading all of the entries would be overwhelming, so that might not be realistic.

Nathan Bransford said...

Yeah, the challenge with picking out pages individually is that it entails a ton of time reading through and then deciding which one would make for the right kind of critique. It seemed a bit more democratic as well to make it random.

Anonymous said...

It might be interesting to offer a poll on the genre of writing that visitors to your Blog are writing. It seems to me that many literary fiction and serious science fiction writers used to comment here, but many of those rarely comment anymore and a number of them have now gotten agents. I've noticed a lot of romance and YA fantasy writers commenting lately and wondered if that might account for the same genres of excerpts posted for critique most Mondays.

Polenth said...

You wouldn't need to read them all to find one of a genre you've not done yet. You can search for the genre name in the thread and take the first match.

I don't think it needs to be done every time, but throwing in a chosen one every now-and-then would help mix up the genres (and mean less popular genres get some critique time).

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

Here's that poll from last year -- not sure it's changed too much since then.

Ted Cross said...

I never commented because I never had anything to add to your own analysis. I enjoyed learning from you and seeing your thoughts. I'll certainly keep watching them in the forums

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to know if anyone else gets 'cold feet' on a book you have written, has now got accepted but u suddenly have this intuition this is going too far (I mean the content - non fiction).

ElizaJane said...

I loved the page critiques. Nothing like seeing the agent in action for getting a sense of ins and outs, do's and don'ts. I rarely contributed a comment but definitely read everything.

k10wnsta said...

Deb actually raises a very good point. It's got to where I see YA and I can't find enough face to palm. I just can't help wondering 'is everyone working in this genre because they perceive it as having a lower literary standard?'. Analogously, I see formulaic pandering to young adults in shows like Hannah Montana and feel so much shame for the producers who obviously have none. It's not a genre devoid of high-quality, creative stuff that can appeal to everyone (hello, iCarly), it just seems like people may be gravitating to it because the requirements for success are a good deal lower (of course, if you submitted a YA work for critique, I'm not talking about you).

Nathan, you should make a little rule requiring a different genre every week. If a mystery is critiqued one week, you just keep rolling til you get something other than a mystery the following week. Of course, you wouldn't want to disclose passing over someone's submission for this reason...and I guess there's the added difficulty of folks (like me) who didn't know how to classify theirs, but it would still insure a fresh perspective every week.

Jeff said...

Anon 9:49, I think you have described cold-feet. If you think it's good, and your sources aren't lies, we're talking non-fiction, step right up to the altar. The beauty of the world we live in, where people get paid to write books, is that argument is healthy and invited, if not inviting. And by the way, a pay check is good, and human memory is bad. Write a rethink later. The non-fiction game, as far as I can read, is this is what I think at this moment. It's all in the declarative wording. Get some!

Mira said...

Um, so it's considered a proper blog post if there's a funny cat video? Ha, ha. :)

That video was funny. I especially liked when the bear got chased by the cat.

I love cats. They're so cute and purry.

Well, personally, I am sad to see the critiques leave because they are incredibly valuable. You are so gifted, Nathan. But, I trust your instincts, and also see that you want to experiment alittle.

It's extremely generous of you to continue the critiques in the forums (and feature them sometimes on the blog) since that's extra work for you (!). The whole thing is unbelievably generous since most of us are not your clients. It's quite something that do these for us! Truly.

In terms of genre, I'm alittle puzzled. I didn't feel like any of the critiques were genre specific. It was more about pacing, timing, editing, word choice. I felt all the critiques were genre transferrable and valuable.

So, however and whenever you decide to do the critiques, I'm there. And thank you.

k10wnsta said...

@Sheil Cull -
A cat can most definitely love you like a dog. It's just not something you get unconditionally as a result of feeding them. It's a lot more like cultivating a friendship with another person in that you really have to earn their trust.

Related storytime:
One of my cats (Shadow) always comes up behind my desk chair and hollers at me when he wants attention. He knows I'll pick him up and put him in my lap to pet him - a result he finds pleasing. He's done it once a day for I-don't-know-how-many years.
On one occasion, however, he trumpeted from behind me and when I spun to pick him up, he bounced a couple feet out of reach and meowed at me again. The reaction was so out of place, I stood and reached for him, but every time I got close enough to pick him up, he'd bunny-hop another few feet out of reach and scream again. Eventually, I pursued him out of the office, down the hall, and into the laundry room, where he perched himself up on the water heater and offered one last meow before staring down behind it. It was so peculiar, I followed his gaze and saw a small leak had sprung on one of the pipe joints and water had been silently trickling down the backside of the heater and accumulating in the floor and subfloor. It took some effort to fix the floor, but not nearly as much as if Shadow hadn't pointed it out* when he did.

*I say he pointed it out because I honestly believe he had actual intent in leading me there.
One might say he didn't know any better or that it was just coincidence, but it had never happened before and it has never happened since, so I don't know. Perhaps I should intentionally spring another leak on it to see if he'll do it again.

wendy said...

Nathan, like Misty Waters I'm disappointed as I enjoyed reading your comments and found them very helpful. I use to read from the mail feed thingy, though, and didn't visit the site. And like Ryan I don't like commenting on other people's work - except Rick's. The observations are coming, Rick! Sorry for the delay it's been one thing after another, but I've caught up now, and your crit is the first thing I'm doing. I've read most of your work, though and love it. :)

And while I'm making personal comments, thank you Nathan for getting back so quickly on the query I sent, surely breaking all records. I appreciate you, too.

Zak said...

I've only just found your blog after The Writers Chat on Sunday, so I'm dissapointed that I didn't get to see how all this works :(

Oh well, I'll just have to suffer through a cat video :)

Zak. =^..^=

Anonymous said...

Nathan, I realize that you've already decided to do away with Page Critique Mondays. But, since the discussion in the comments section has suggested potential reasons why pageviews and comments may have fallen off for the Monday critiques, I'll suggest another possibility. Has the number of unique visitors to your blog fallen off for Page Critique Mondays, or only the total number of pageviews for Monday? Many days, I revisit your Blog many times in order to check in on the ongoing discussion. When Page Critique Mondays started, I set aside some time on Mondays to read the excerpt and offer my critique. I soon felt that wasn't a great use of my time, since once you posted your critique, the comments section quickly became little more than people saying you were brilliant. For anyone who might have posted an opposite opinion in their own critique, their time spent was quickly wasted, as...seriously...whose opinion would the author end up using, your opinion or the opposite opinion? Since there wasn't any rigorous discussion going on in the comments section, I eventually started checking in to look at your Monday Blog either very late Monday or early Tuesday in order to read only the excerpt and your critique. If you do go back to Page Critique Monday, you might want to offer only your own critique, rather than have other people critique first and risk having their critique quickly become a total waste of time. Just my two cents.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nathan

Big thanks for all your time and effort. Your Monday crit was something to look forward to each week - like a special treat to be savoured after a dull menu.

I was anon 11.58am Aug 23. I just wanted to add something but Anon 1.09am has already said it.

If there's a topic I'm researching, I often return to your blog several times e.g. looking up queries and, as I'm a techno-noob, I get lost frequently, get side-tracked and refresh the page so does that count as new hits?

With the Monday blog, I usually just read it once or twice and digest slowly as there's no need to wander off.

I don't care what genre it is. T'is the writing wot counts... Please don't make me enter the forum maze.

J. T. Shea said...

Anonymous 1:42 am, I delayed joining the Forums for months, but they turned out to be much easier to navigate than I expected, and just as easy to comment on as the blog.

Chuck H. said...

Speaking as one of the lucky ones who received a critique, I'm sorry to see the blog version go. I saw it coming. Any other post gets 100-130 comments and page critique Monday gets 23. No brainer. But like so many others, I usually get here late and by then all has been said. I tried commenting first and then reading your and everyone else's take on that day's selection but found that less than satisfactory. I've been avoiding the forums because my wife says I spend waaayyyy too much time online and they do draw one in. I may try to just do the critiques but I'm not hopeful. Thanks for all the help and good luck with the change.

WV: shaken - not stirred?

Chuck H. said...

And to paraphrase Indiana Jones, cats, why did it have to be cats?

Mira said...

Anon 1:42,

I'm with J.T. The forums are easy for the page critique. Just click on the link, and look at the bottom topic.

That's the page critique.

Couldn't be easier to find - really.

Jessica Strider said...

I loved your page critiques. It was interesting getting a view of how working with an editor would go (here are things you're doing wrong/need to change) while also learning some of those things in advance to help with the pre-submission manuscript.

I generally read your posts on google reader (where you have 3845 subscribers, according to their stats) and only rarely clicked through. Guess I should have clicked through more often.

The problem for me with the forum is that it's another place I have to manually check (as opposed to the reader which shows up automatically).

Regardless, I love your blog. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it.

catheroo said...

What a great video for a Monday!

So much hilarity, and I was especially happy to see my very own kitty cat kneading at around 2:30.

Marla Warren said...

Nathan,

You want hilarious cats?

You’ve got hilarious cats!

Enjoy everyone!

Kitty Outfoxes Doggie

Kitty Hates His Reflection

Kitties on a Slide

Hungry, Hungry Kitty

Kitten Afraid of Remote Control Mouse

Shooted Kitty

Surprised Kitteh

Kitty versus the cat carrier

And, of course, the Engineer’s Guide to Cats series (which answers the question of what happens to teenage boys who grow older but don’t grow up):

An Engineer's Guide to Cats

An Engineer's Guide to Voting (Ginger Cat for President)

An Engineer's Guide to Cat Yodeling (with Cat Polka)

Halloween Kitties

Christmas Laser Beam Cats

Two great sites with funny photos and videos

For cats:
http://icanhascheezburger.com/

For dogs:
http://ihasahotdog.com/


Non-cat fun:

Frank, can we please…

OMG! SLOW DOWN!

Nina said...

Have you seen Simon the Cat on Youtube? My husband almost died laughing (seriously! I've never seen him laugh so hard).

elfspirit333@gmail.com said...

LOVE the cat videos. I always read the Monday page critiques, but my interest didn't show up on the radar, as I didn't comment. Consider this a vote in favor of continuing the critiques in whatever form works best for you.

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