Monday, June 12, 2017

Life is Full of Expectation Hangovers

 Life is Full of Expectation Hangovers

Yo Kittehs! I dunno why it is. Life is full of disappointments. Sometimes things just don't turn out as planned. This post is a study in the expectation hangover, a phrase coined by writer and life coach Christine Hassler. Here's a prime example: we spend a week writing and researching a post, do two or three foto shoots to illustrate it and promote it more than normal and our views and comments are way down. Then we spend 20 minutes writing a post and use archive fotos and it's a big hit. This happened last week but I'll get over it. This is one of those 20 minute posts so enjoy it.

Aunt Pauline chose #77 from June 2008. This foto will NOT bring back happy memories for Pop. Yes, I look like an angel sleeping all curled up in my Atmosphere Bed. HOWEVER, I begged Pop for that bed for months and once he emptied the bank account for it, I used it once or twice and then ignored it. Good thing TW got these four fotos. The pillow was all soft and golden but the bed just wasn't how I imagined it. I'm sure you can relate to this. On the other hand, Aunt Pauline gave me the igloo as a gift so Pop didn't spend a dime on it and I practically live in it. Heh heh. Guess I gave Pop an expectation hangover which I dunno if he ever got over it cos he still mentions it.

 Life is Full of Expectation Hangovers

Here's another example, a foto that doesn't fulfill TW's expectations. #4378 was picked by Wally, Ernie and Zoey aka the Island Cats. The June 2014 foto was taken about a month after I won this gorgeous pillow from Cat Chat Caren and Cody. I was having my own giveaway and TW was still trying to get a good foto of me with the pillow. This one fails on so many levels. 1.) I have laser eyes. I look like a vampire cat. 2.) The yellow from the lamp above the pillow is shining on the pillow. 3.) The flash glare is reflecting on the bottom of the pillow. I won't even mention the tv remote in the foreground or the clutter in the background cos she could have cropped it out. Needless to say, it was never used until today.

Yep, that took exactly 20 minutes to write and illustrate. I'm diappointed that the post last week didn't do as well as I expected cos I need the inneraction. There I said it. Now I can release my inner feelings and start to get over my expectation hangover. I hope Pop and TW can get over their hangovers. Can you share an example where you wound up with an expectation hangover?

22 comments:

  1. I don't have one, because I just take things as they come, but my human has a big one, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars: the house she bought before the one we currently live in. When she got it in 2001, she had high expectations for it, but she had buyer's remorse practically from the moment she moved in, and it was a constant disappointment. She was so happy to sell it in 2006 (at a profit) and buy our current home, which is pretty awesome! The house is only a few blocks from where we live now, so my human passes by it occasionally and even went in for an open house, when the house sold again. The owners who were selling it (not the one who bought it from her - I think that person went broke or something), had made some really nice improvements.

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  2. There's no figuring out that interaction thing CK, especially this time of year when peeps are working outside until dark.

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  3. CK, you just can't predict what's gonna go over and what's not. We think it's the time of year...people aren't sitting inside as much. Our views are down...we try not to get too disappointed. BTW, we love that pillow with your face on it.

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  4. Stunning sweet Keisha, I can relate. But don't despair. Humans can be fickle sometimes about commenting on posts. They are so easily distracted by so many things these days. You just keep doing what your doing! Mom was so excited to find a Grumpy Cat kicker toy for me at the pet store ('cause she's a Tartar Sauce fan!), but had a "hangover" when I kinda ignored it in favor of my Kickeroo. -Valentine (& Mom)

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  5. Hmm, expectation hangover? Guess I could name several professional sports teams that promised the trophy but never played well enough to even get into the playoffs. When we adopted Angel and Chuck, we were over the moon happy...until discovering their little bodies were covered in fleas and some weird worms coming out of their rear-ends. However, we made it through but I think both of us had hangovers for awhile.

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  6. We know how you feel about spending excessive hours on a post and you get little to no engagement. We're working on "engaging" with our blogging friends again now that things are settling down at home., We love to visit you.

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  7. We understand how you feel : sometimes it's hard to know why it works and why not ! Purrs

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  8. ck....it happenz ta ll oh uz.....itz got sum thin ta due with that murfee N hiz law of makin noe sense; even tho stuff mite knot troo lee go wrong....like sew ya wash de auto; it rainz; ya walk outside N itz a sunnee day N 17 minitz later itz pourin rain, yur lookin for de dood in red onlee ta find out de easter rabbitz at de front door eatin all de damn vegga tayshunz ~~~~ bye de way ya look stunning in both fotoz N we toll that chex box thing ta tell ewe two ~~ ♥♥♥

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  9. Sorry CK, that is frustrating. I have noticed sponsored posts don't tend to get as many comments, not that i get many sponsored posts. Same with Chewy ones, I think there are too many reviewing the same thing so people get bored. These are cute photos and I like your pillow of you. XO

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  10. Been there, done that...got the tee shirt, CK. Life Lesson: You never know what causes a response trigger in blog readers. Some days they have time to read and to comment. Other days they barely have time to brush their teeth. Now I'm gonna go read that post that nobody commented on.

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  11. There are too many reasons to guess why a post doesn't get the engagement you expect. That's why we blog just because we want to, and hope that a few people find it interesting enough to pop over and leave us a comment.

    I think your photo with the pillow looks ok, and I'm sure you could make it almost perfect with all your photoshop skills. I don't see "vampire" at all when I look at you. The fabric in your pillow looks a bit satiny, and that might be really hard to photograph. Bright, indirect light might help.

    Mom has purchased several beds for me that I won't touch. Luckily none have been terribly expensive. She either saves them for some kitty who might live here in the future, or she donates them to the animal shelter.

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  12. It is definitely disappointing when a post you spend a long time on doesn't do as well as one you spend little time on. I've noticed that happen frequently too. Not much you can do, unfortunately. LOVE that bed in the first picture, CK!

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  13. Expectation hangover is going to become part of our regular vocabulary now, CK. And we've had some expectation hangovers just like yours, that's for sure. Oh, and we think both the bed and the pillow look fantabulous!

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  14. I can honestly say that I have not been visiting as many blogs as usual due to Carma's sickness, volunteering more at the vet's office and attempting to get my house and yard in order. By time I come in at night I sit down and almost fall asleep.

    I read your posts faithfully but don't always comment. I know how frustrating that can be. I will try harder. wuvs and hugs

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  15. We never know why some posts get attention and others don't. We LOVE that pillow!!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  16. Wow, that's a very cool bed in that first photo. The human dad over here says it's best not to have expectations in life so then you're never disappointed. Ha, likely!

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  17. I understand what you mean, CK. The posts I'm most excited to share usually don't do well ... but the ones I feel like I slapped together haphazardly? Yep. They are the most popular. It makes me paranoid because then I wonder if it's just a coincidence that more people are stopping by on the days I'm not proud of - and they're not coming back because of the crappy posts. That used to happen to me in school too. The projects I worked hard on and did everything right would yield me Bs or Cs ... and the projects that I BS'ed and didn't really prepare for always came back with a better grade. UGH!

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  18. Hi CK, great to finally make it to see you. I shall head over and see you last weeks blog and say hello from there too. Funny how we put so much in and sometimes get so little. Maybe you could rewrite that post, from another angle, and see how it goes? I know I have lost a few readers for being too verbose........
    (two hours later.... )
    ......so there you have it, the solution for a perfect blog!
    Loved this one, and great topic too :)
    Purrs, ERin

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  19. CK I feel your pain!! Life is one constant expectation hangover when humans are involved, but as they have opposable thumbs, we need them ya know for like food and stuffs!! xxx

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  20. Maybe it's better to be like a cat - expecting nothing, accepting everything, and going with the flow. "Oh look, my dinner has arrived. Oh joy, there's a fly in the house. I think I will sleep here on this lumpy desk rather than my cushy cat bed.... "
    Life is good.
    xxoo
    Mickey Mouser and Rufus the Red

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  21. Oh yes, we have an expectation hangover. Mommy tried this recipe she saw on line... and let's just say... it wasn't what she expected!

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  22. You learned us something today, CK. Expectation hangover: what a great phrase!
    We kitties take things as they come (except Allie when she expects another helping and it doesn't arrive).

    But for the mom - yeah, this new phrase perfectly explains the rollercoaster ride this new disease is sending her on.

    She's still trying to get used to the "new norm" - so when she has a good day, she "expects" things are back to the way they were, and in a few days when things are bad again .... yup, expectation hangover fits PERFECTLY.

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