The 2018 CAT LOVERS HOP is coming
Oct. 22 - 27, 2018
Last day to link up: Oct. 27
Last day to comment: Oct. 28
Hi, Friends and Cat Lovers....
Welcome to the Guidelines and FAQs page for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop.
WHAT: A hop to celebrate cats of all sizes and shapes during the last full week in October, since National Cat Day is October 29. (I know....that doesn't happen to fall DURING the hop this year, but indulge me, okay? lol...) Prizes will be awarded to randomly-drawn participants who have SIGNED IN and who link up a cat-themed project (see below for what "cat-themed" means)....and/or who visit the linked projects and leave a comment. We might also have a few other daily games!
WHEN: This hop will run from 12:00 am Pacific, Monday Oct. 22, 2018 till 11:55 pm Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. After signing in HERE, you can link up a project on the Main Hop Page any time during that time to be eligible for the project prize drawings. (Please use #CatLoversHop2018 on social media.) No back-linking, please. Comments on projects must be made by 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 to be eligible for the comment prize drawings.
NEW THIS YEAR: YOU MUST SIGN IN HERE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PROJECT OR COMMENT PRIZES.
WHO: The link up and prizes are open to anyone, ALL AGES, world-wide, who has SIGNED IN HERE.
WHERE: Find the SIGN-IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes!!) and the LINK UP for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop on the Main Hop Page at Her Peaceful Garden.
****** Frequently Asked Questions*******
What does "cat-themed" mean?
Any project that features a cat or cats or is directly related to cats qualifies. Please try to make cats part of the main focal image.
Should I post your badge with my project?
Yes, please put this badge on your posts so your readers will know which projects are part of the hop! I understand that participants with Flickr accounts and the like won't be able to post the badge. That's okay.
How about a hashtag for social media posts?
Yes. For those on social media, please use #CatLoversHop2018.
Are Halloween projects acceptable?
Yes. Even though this is the Halloween time of year, I am hoping that not all the projects will be Halloween-ish. However, they still qualify as long as the cat is a main part of the card, and not just an incidental black cat arched up in the corner. :) Even I might have at least one Halloween card in the mix this week, so please don't think I am frowning on them. I just hope to see more than a bunch of Halloween cats linked up. :)
How about non-papercrafting projects?
ANY cat-themed project is fine. Catnip mice in cute fabric prints? Quilts or wall hangings? Cat jewelry? 3-D projects? Cat Halloween costume (for your kid or for your cat!!)? All are welcome and would be wonderful inspiration to someone like me who sticks to cards most of the time!!! Feel free even to link up cat projects you have made in the past as long as you've never posted them on your blog before! I'm easy. :)
How about big cats?
I love cats of all sizes, so I welcome the use of tigers, lions, etc. as a main part of your project.
How many entries may I link up?
There is no limit to the number of cat-themed entries you may link up to the Cat Lovers Hop. You can be working on your projects before the hop begins, but please make sure your project post doesn't go live before my linky thingy rises up from the cyber-goo at 12:00 am Pacific, Oct. 22, 2018. No back-linking. Thanks!
May I enter my project in other challenges, too?
Yes! NEW THIS YEAR: There is no limit to the number of other challenges you can enter your projects in. Yay! I took care of the confusion of whether commenters were from our hop or not by adding the SIGN IN. I hope you like this new change!!
How about commenting on other projects?
I want to encourage everyone to comment on as many other projects as possible. I am not going to be checking up on this, but let's be generous with our comments by leaving something more than just "cute cat" and then going on to the next one. The more projects you comment on, the better your chance of winning one of the prizes.
NEW THIS YEAR: One of the lovely flash prizes will be awarded to a lucky randomly-drawn hopper who comments on every single linked up project!! Yay!! Please comment on the last day to let me know you commented on all the projects!!
*******Questions I have asked myself*******
Shouldn't the Hop be called the "Cat Lover's Blog Hop" instead of just the "Cat Lovers Hop"????
Well, you are probably right. The first year, I debated back and forth about where to put the apostrophe in the Hop name and finally just left it out. As for putting the word "Blog" in the name....the first year it took me hours to figure out even how to make my badge and after all of that, I didn't have room to put the word "Blog" in that line. Now I can make a badge pretty fast and I know how to make room for everything, but I want it to be like the other years!!! lol... I actually got brave and changed my badge format to include "2018" this year. That was pretty daring of me! Ha.
Is this hop an annual event?
Well, this is the fourth one! Does that mean I am finally committed....or just need to be committed? Ha. We'll see what happens between now and next October. :)
Let me know if you have other questions that need to be answered!! Also, please let me know if you see typos and other mistakes...Did I forget to change a date to 2018?...Is a link broken or taking to you to last year's hop pages? I hate it when I let something like that slip through. :(
Thank you so much for joining us this year. I am looking forward to seeing your cat projects!!!