Maven has been turned into a cat, So I am researching all things cat and ran across this “holiday” as a list of things that are the Special Day or the Month of Whatever. This was one of the sillier ones, and it gives me a smile as I think about how I can promote my own work.
January 2 is “Happy Mew Year For Cats Day — Felines, ever above mere humans in the great chain of being, have a day unto themselves to celebrate the “mewness” of a new time.” This is copyrighted by Thomas and Ruth Roy in hopes of promoting their Wellcat Holidays and Herbs. http://www.wellcat.com/january/happy_mew_year.htm OK, that takes care of fair use. Geez.
What’s really interesting is that they have no link to their herbs on this page, only an email where you too can participate in creating silly holidays for cats and a statement that they now take VISA and MasterCard. Get a clue folks, and help me find where you have something to sell, even though at the moment I am cat free.
Many writers are terrified that someone will steal their idea. While I did copy the words, I gave credit and linked back to the site. That is promotion. This post will be linked at several other places for my promotion, and in turn, theirs.
I don’t know if they understand the difference between fair use and online promotion, but we’ll see if they have enough sense to have a Google Alert to find back links to their site.
Every experience is a lesson if you get it. Maybe that in itself would be a fun exercise for a 30-day blog challenge.