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If you’re reading this, you probably already know – I’m James AKA TheBritishAreComing.
There’s a few things you need to know about me:
I want to lay the foundations for who I am and why i’m here, tell you a bit of my story.
On Monday 6th I’ll post what i’ve been working on the last 2 weeks and then you’ll see the same every 2 weeks from there 🙂
Here are other articles in this series!
Most people reading this hopefully already know what SoSa is but if you don’t SoSa is a community I started in 2014 which unfortunately I had to put on pause in 2018 and i’m now in a great position to start rebuilding again.
In the next 6 months I will build a fun, engaging and ethical social platform for mobile, desktop and web.
It’s not just about development! I need to write all the documentation, make sure it’s really easy to test, create pipelines, build a solid and scalable infrastructure and market everything all before I launch!
The most important part of the journey will be engaging the community and letting the world know we’re creating something awesome!
First, let’s start with what SoSa was!
Originally called Social Savanna, SoSa was created for imgur community.
In 2013, the community were crying out for somewhere they could engage beyond the 140 character limit.
Around Christmas 2013, I was feeling a bit lonely and decided to ask the imgur community if this was something they really wanted, not just a fad.
I got a resounding yes through hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes.
During that time I ran a development studio and until my team came back in the new year I started making mockups and playing about with some ideas then posting them to imgur for feedback!
Over 3 months we built essentially a chat platform that allowed people to connect and launched in Feb 2014.
And in 24 hours, over 15,000 members had signed up. Then in 2015 we opened it up to people outside of Imgur and continued to grow.
Most of my 20s I didn’t do much for self care and I decided to start an IT business at about 22 because I couldn’t get a job in the IT sector.
I had no idea how to run a business so being the tenacious work horse I am — I grinded.
When I started this journey, My body was a wreck and I was struggling financially.
Overall, there were a number of contributing downfalls to SoSas downfall:
Come 2018, everything came to a head and I needed to bring things to a full stop before I did something I would have regretted.
One early September night, around. I said good night to SoSa.
It was time to sat down and work out what I needed to work on and how to start.
I needed to get healthy, clear my debt and get the community back on track.
So, I wound everything down and started focusing heavily on my weight, debt and mental health.
To date, I’ve lost about 60kg in total since 2017, I’m exercising most days, eating mostly right and keeping my mental health in check by reguarly going out, spending time with friends and using things like a gratitude journal.
The debt has been cleared and I’ve saved enough money to give me at-least 6 months working on SoSa even if shit does hit the fan!
I even made time in early 2019 to meet some members in Dublin (Pandatoast, carl, Khazaroth and OneLatte), I visited venice (beautiful by the way recommend it to everyone) and some time to relax in Barcelona!
My first holidays abroad since 2012!
I’m building a fun, friendly and privacy first community that makes it easy to socialise and benefit the planet at the same time!
There are a few core goals I want SoSa to achieve:
Thank you for reading my first post, I hope my English wasn’t too bad and if you’ve got any questions please leave me a comment 🙂
If you’d like to follow SoSa’s progress you can follow us here, LinkedIn, Facebook or follow our blog over at https://blog.sosa.net/