For the last several months I’ve been working on a special project: a website designed around and for cats and the people who love them. This project came out of my love for cats–particularly my rescue cat, Miko (I like to call her my therapy cat). Today, I’d like to talk a bit about the project, where it came from, how it was made, etc.
When I was at my last job and realized I wouldn’t be around for too much longer, I realized that now was an opportunity to start something new and go in a direction inspired purely by my own internal compass. I began mulling around different ideas–things that would be fun, inspiring, and different than what I had been doing for a while. It was a similar experience to when I decided I wanted to teach English in South Korea, except this time, I wanted to do something different than that–create, in a sense, a world of my own.
The only thing I could honestly think about working on was something related to cats, because (1) I love animals in all forms (but especially cats), (2) my cat had stuck by me for years and was a loving companion, (3) in terms of beings other than myself, she was one of the very few constants in my life, and (4) she was one of my few sources of inspiration. It seemed obvious to work on something related to cats and to her.
I then began scouring the internet looking for ideas related communities. For a few years, I had been thinking about building a community-based website, but one that wasn’t just a wannabe Facebook, one that had a different kind of policy towards privacy and advertisements, and one that was a bit more niche (ie, cat-related) because I believe niche communities are the future. I had grown tired and a bit frustrated on the privacy issues surrounding many websites, and, even more so, to the constant advertisements and banners that clutter up so many sites that otherwise would be nice to use.
What I found related to cat communities was as expected: free cat-community sites, but ones cluttered by advertisements and half-hearted content. So, (cautiously now that I knew there were other cat-community sites out there) I began building Catably.
It has been 3.5 months now, since I started building it from the complete ground up, and, unfortunately (according to my anticipated schedule), I’m still working on it. But, it has come a long, long way from what it originally looked like and was, and is looking to be something that (hopefully) many people find at least intriguing, if not useful. It now has a sleek, custom profile, capability for users to create their own stores, a fully function geographic directory, forums, and much, much more.
Regardless of what happens, I’m invested in Catably for the time being, and I’ll be chronicling it and its progress throughout. Hope to see you back soon, and thanks for reading :).