Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Hawg's cat naming skills are rendered useless

Everybody have a look -- it's Gizmo the kitten pretending to be dog food.

I prattled on once upon a time about how I, The Hawg, am an expert at naming cats. However, I wasn't the one that decided to name the kitten.

My attempts at naming said kitten were rejected by my wife. Ah, it's a shame to not have your brilliance recognized in your own home.

Alas, that's how these things go.

By the way, I've noticed that one of my favorite bloggers -- The Crotchety Old Man -- routinely refers to his wife as Mrs. Crotchety. I do believe I'd get hit (and hard!) if I called my wife Mrs. The Hawg. She's ex-Army and I've learned over the years not to push her too hard.

At any rate, it's a crying damned shame that I was denied the right to name young Gizmo.

You will notice that she's sporting some unusual markings and colors. She's one of the kittens born a few months ago to our cat, The Cheat (a cat I did name and she's better off for it). At one point, I had decided to try to give those kittens away by giving away a free case of beer to anyone who took one of the critters.

If you click the "free beer" link you'll to a post of mine in which a very young Gizmo is on her back and yawning. We'll put it in her baby book or something. We decided to keep Gizmo because she is so uniquely colored and marked -- obviously the cross between our orange tabby and some rogue, gray and black tabby that's slinking around the neighborhood.

The Hawg finally gets a page rank

I've been blogging for a little over two months now and have gotten my first page rank. Yes, according to this Google PageRank checker, this little blog has a page rank of 3 (0 is lowest and 10 is highest). The Alexa ranking, as of today, is #124,412.

That's not too bad, considering my blog hasn't been around that long and I've ignored virtually all of that "drive traffic to your site" advice I've seen here and there. I stick with Entrecard, Digg and BlogCatalog and that's pretty much it as far as marketing goes.

That's all worked out pretty well, I think.


Da Old Man said...

That is a really impressive page rank for such a new blog. Congratulations. BTW, what name were you going to go with?
Gizmo is ok, but certainly not reflective of your cat naming greatness.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Da Old Man:

For that sticky-pawed beast, I rather liked Clawful, actually. Yes, that fits her like a glove.

By the way, I'm still impressed you get away with calling your wife Mrs. Crotchey and you haven't been slugged.

I wouldn't be that lucky...

shaxx said...

Congrats! Mine just jumped from PR 0 to PR 3 as well! See ya!

The Natural State Hawg said...


Nice to have a page rank, huh?

Congratulations to you, as well.

The Mortgage & More Blog said...

Congrats on the new page rank. And good luck with Mrs. Hawg.

JD at I Do Things said...

Aw. I love Gizmo. And I was gonna ask if "The Cheat" (excellent name) was from Homestar Runner, but then I saw that it WAS after clicking on the adorable kitten link.

JD at I Do Things

Layne | Jaggy Jam said...

'The Cheat' is an excellent name for the species, dunno about the name Gizmo tho, but don't tell yer wife I said that! She sure is an adorable lil cutie pie (the kitten, not yer wife, altho I'm sure she's lovely, too).

I so want to get a kitty companion for my old girl, Dollie who is 14, cos we lost her mum last year, so she's a bit lost on her own. :-)

The Natural State Hawg said...

The Mortgage & More -- You'd better be careful with that Mrs. The Hawg stuff. She's mean, I tell you. Mean!

JD -- There's a lot to like about Gizmo. She's an amazingly friendly cat. Strongbad and The Cheat, by the way, are one of the best duos to show up in some time.

layne -- I thought that name fit The Cheat perfectly. Describes the little stinker well, actually.

I'll keep quiet about your opinion of Gizmo. My wife is convinced that's an excellent name. And, yeah, my wife's a cutie...

The great things about cats is that you can find them all over the place for free, so I'm sure you'll find one soon. The Cheat, in fact, was one of those free cats -- my daughter called me on the cell and asked if she and my wife could bring home the little beast.

Can't tell my daughter "no," unfortunately.

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