January 27th 2014 3:10 pm
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Here's some food for thought, which is why I'm the one writing this entry and not Travis. That goofy little kitten guy is not that good at thinking. If it was called "food for your belly" maybe he could write it.
Right now there's a lot of different sites popping up and kitties are running in every direction. It seems like a different site is proclaimed to the replacement for Catster and savior for this community every day. And just as soon as it is, some people are already becoming disenchanted with it. The fact is there will never be another Catster/Dogster. It was one of a kind. And if Catster failed, which it did, I really am doubting the ability of any other pet-networking site to succeed long term. I don't mean to be negative or anything, I'm just trying to be realistic.
A lot of us are blaming Say Media for Catster's failure, and they have their blame. I think we all know that, I would be the first cat to say it. They promised to build our community and they neglected it instead. Kind of like the people who adopted our sweet Charlie and abandoned him at the apartment complex. But what about the people who walked by Charlie and ignored him - never taking him in, never feeding him, some even actively being mean to him? Cats (and their people) had been leaving Catster before Say Media took over. And the reason many have left or just become less active have not been because of Say Media's actions, but because they lost interest in Catster. There's only a certain amount of time in a day, and it's ok to decide you don't want to spend it on Catster (or whatever else).
I'm just doubting the ability of any pet-based social networking site to make it based since Catster, a once profitable website, failed. That's why I think it's time for us to really think about what we got out of Catster.
Did you like the social forums? Try joining something like free forums - there are a couple up and going already. There's Pupsters and Kitsters, a joint dog and cat forum. There's also Cat Place, a cats only forum. I'm a member of both, but will probably be hanging out at Pupsters and Kitsters more since we have dogs too and are administrators there.
Did you like the informational forums? There's tons of them out there, and many websites with cat health info on them.
Did you like socializing with other cat owners? Facebook is probably the way to go. I'm on there at WhitleyHarris02. You don't have to have your momma's or daddy's name or face on there if they don't want that - we don't.
If you really enjoyed the diaries, blogs are probably the way to go. I have one at Lone Star Cats that I'm sharing with Travis. It is a little like starting over, but if a bunch of us came, it wouldn't feel that way as much. A group of the diary-writing dogs from Dogster has gone over to blogs and they're all commenting on each others'. It would be nice if some of my pals would join me, but we also plan on making new pals - there's a number of kitty blogs out there, including Da Tabbies of Trout Towne if anyone remembers them.
I just don't want to see my pals going through this heartbreak all over again when the next pet website closes down. It is breaking our hearts to lose Charlie's page, since he will never have a place on the internet again. I'll be a little honest here, even though I'm usually not a complaining kitty - I'm almost 21. I'm not in the best health. I am very arthritic and gaunt in some places. I still eat good, but I am peeing A LOT, and we know that means kidney issues. Recently, I've even gotten a little bald spot on my ear. My typist does not want to be going through how she feels about Charlie's page with my page. We don't know how long I have (I say 10 more years, at least), but my humans say everyday I'm happy and eating is great. They don't take any day for granted.
We know nobody wants to go through this again. This is why we're moving to blogger - it's owned by Google and has been around for years. It's not going anywhere anytime soon. There are no ads on your blog unless you choose to have them (and then you get a portion of the money). Word Press is also a good option for a blog if you don't like Google. But let's be honest, not only is Google spying on us, the NSA is spying on us. Unless you're telling how to build bombs and organize a kitty jihad on your blog, you really don't need to worry. Although Travis' poops may qualify as a weapon of mass destruction since they do make the room clear out.
But please, wherever you go friends, go somewhere reliable - somewhere like blogger, Word Press, Pro Boards/Free Forums (has been around for 10+ years), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram . . . there's no guarantees that they'll be there forever, but they will likely be there for a while. And if saving your page is important to you, save it as you go along. There's even a company that will make a book out of your blog posts at a very reasonable price. Never store your photos in only one place. And please don't give any money to any of these new sites springing up. Please be smart and realize that everyone doing this is doing it for one reason - profit. No one is setting up a cat community just to be nice. And some of them may not be scrupulous and may be dishonest scammers. Read the terms and conditions and make sure you're not giving away your copyrighted images and content unless you want too. I don't want to see my pals get hurt, so please think before you give out any money or financial information. And realize that some may start out as free, but when they start struggling, they will be hitting you up for money so you don't lose your pages again. And you may not get the warning you got here - they may lock you out and require you pay before you can get back in.
Maybe it's because my typist is younger (27), but she's seen lots of these sites come and go. When she was 15-16 - it was Xanga and Live Journal. Then MySpace. Then Facebook. Now it's twitter, tumblr, instagram, snapchat, etc. Nothing lasts forever on the internet, but you can try to look for one that will be around a while. And always back up and save your photos/diaries/anything else that really matters to you.
Hope to see you around, and tomorrow I'll be back with my next FUSM award.
Thank you Jezebel and typist :) for you wise and insightful words.
Hugs, Gentleman Jack
We couldn't post our intended commnet here, so we have sent it in a p-mail...
You are a furry wise kitty, Jez! We love you!
You are so wise Jez! and we honor you for speaking your mind and you are right...Mom is still trying to figure out what to do and where to go...we have been on a couple of other sites and just not sure we will stay...Mom is thinking of the blog...she just needs to figure out what she wants to do...since we won't be California kitties anymore, but Arizona desert kitties...
So overwhelming for us!!!!
thank you again
Xena and Mom
So very wise. There's some great info here hun, I will have to check out some of these sites you recommended. Yes, I jumped the gun last night and saved my page on Pets4Pals and today administrators are bailing. My luck.
And yes I left Catster. Can't remember who told yesterday, maybe Alex, Samhain's Mom I'm regretting that now. If I knew what was in the near future, I never would have left you guys. Breaks my heart I wasted our last year together.
Sweetie, My Texas Tulip. You will live forever! (I admit I teared up while reading about your health....hurts my heart)
See you on FB
We didn't find Catster until just a little over a year ago. We joined after "the glory days," were over, but we came to love so many friends here even then, even in that amount of time. Honestly, with grad-school and work, it's the only "free-time" thing mom did in the last year. That made it mean so much more because it was her quality time. We set up the FB pg and got email addresses, but we're not going anywhere else for now. ....Jez, no matter what, we will never forget you. We will never forget Charlie. We will be hopeful for that little Travis guy as he grows up, and we will think of how cute Whitley is. These things don't need a web page. They made the introductions, hearts do the rest. We love you wise and wonderful friend.
Very informative Jezebel and typist! I wish you well, my furiend!
Hugs & Purrs,
Thank you for the sound advice Purrs Mr D
Jezzy we're already on board with this. Mom has no time anyway to join any other sites, she's pretty well established on Facebook now with her IBD support group. And that is really so busy that there's not much time for anything else because of the website, fan page, and everything else IBD. But we said this very thing from the beginning. You can't recreate something that was so great, when it's done it's done. That's just the way life is.
Jezzy, you are such a wise and wonderful lady, that is one of reasons we love you so much. We joined a couple of other cat/pet sites just to see what they had to offer, and frankly, I'm not sure we'll go back to any of them. We agree with you that Catster was one of a kind, and we don't expect to find anything like it again. We're happy we can stay in touch with you, Travis, and Whitley through FB. You guys have been great friends to us, we love you!
Pawsome advice, and we're still going to miss all the friends and fun we've had on Catster for so many years.
Well spoken, Jezzie
Saweet Jezzie, we love'z U 'n U know it. We purr fur U efuryday. We know time slips by 'n we get older 'n time stops fur nofur. It's sad 'bout Catster, but we've tried some sites we're on pets4pal 'n Petster.com. Some r kin'a kewl efen. I seen lotza furiends come dere. Purrs to Travis 'n lotza nudges from alla us to saweet Charlie, nefur will him be forgotten, NEFUR~! 'n time, we all will find a purrlace to call home 'gain. FB is ok. But not da same. Love 'n many massive hugs,
MILO, MALLEE 'n Smokey Joe
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