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Snuggles Project
Sat 3 apr 2010

Snuggles Project, new web site

One of the bigger projects that I'm working on is the  Snuggles Project web site.

A "Snuggle" is a security blanket for animals who are waiting for a new home in a shelter. Snuggle blankets are homemade -- crocheted, knitted, quilted or sewn -- and donated to humane societies and rescues for the animals.

Anyway! The website got a great makeover, and I was invited to beta test at the end of february. I wonder if I was an editor in a past life, because I just love checking things over before they go live... making sure things look pretty, typos, making sure links go where they're supposed to go, random things that just aren't quite right... It was a lot of fun for my brain!


And then I decided to make the web site my personal project. The new site has improved social networking aspects, and I decided it would be great to develop the community there...

Ever since I started crocheting last year, I have really loved the idea of the Snuggles Project. I've only made a couple of Snuggle blankets so far... I sent them all to my favorite charity, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary and they were so happy!

Since I am just a beginner at crocheting, there are only so many things I can make. In other words, there are only so many boring scarves I can make for my family before their smiles of gratitude start to look fake!

*laughs* So I am thrilled that I can make crazy amounts of Snuggle blankets for the animals, and everyone still appreciates them like it's the coolest thing in the world!

With this kind of motivation -- helping animals and doing a craft I enjoy -- you'd think I'd be crocheting constantly. But I don't! I have a lot of other hobbies, okay?!!

One of those hobbies being an obsession with all things Internet... :) ... Which is why I've decided to make the Snuggles Project web site one of my new hobbies! My goal there is to make a self sustaining community. I've started with basically zero participation of members, and I want to get to the point where we have active communication, on multiple topics, every day.

Definitely a long term project. Getting an online community off the ground takes time -- even with an established membership base -- and effort.

I think I'm up for it.


Oh, by the way, I'm rift vegan at the Snuggles Project. :)

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