Angely is the founder and owner of, Kingdom Sky:
Q:Why the name Kingdom Sky?
A: Because Happy Happy Fun Sky World was taken. =(
Hee,hee well to be honest with you, I knew in my mind I wanted to have different worlds, and although it's setting would be in the clouds, I just couldn't think of something that really fit. I threw a lot of options at friends, and they had some great ideas too, but nothing really seemed to clique for me. Then, playing around with words I liked, I found Kingdom Sky. I shared it with friends and they liked it too, and really describes our world and allows us the flexibility to add more words in the future.
Q: What made you start Kingdom Sky?
A: I've been working in the petsite industry for many years. First as a GA, then working my way up. I loved the idea of petsites. I, like a lot of people, started with Neopets, then when it got too big, I left and found Subeta, then that got too big, and I moved to Mistic, and it was through Mistic that I was contacted about Lura. I love the community, and the ability to do a lot of good things for your users, and I gave my all in all of them because you can meet and make some wonderful friends in them. Then things got bad, with Lura's selling, my grandfather's death, and just an overall feeling of being exhausted and used. Through it all, everyone kept telling me I should open my own site, but I wasn't sure, I was too scared to have so much added responsibility and I certainly didn't have the funds then.
Deep down, I really wished I could do it someday, especially since I sincerely missed the online family feel, Lura once had. Then, I had a dream, where I relived a conversation my grandfather and I had before he passed away. His words of encouragement was really what gave me the strength to take that first step, I prayed about it, and if God wanted me to do this, he would open the path and, did He. He blessed me with a staff of friends new and old that are incredibly dedicated, hardworking, and simply put EPIC. I've been able to fund it with a 1k inheritance my grandfather left me, and my husband has been working overtime to help me cover the remaining costs....and here we are!
Q: What are the current, top priorities of Kingdom Sky?
A: Art wise, we are doing really great. We have almost everything we need, and we are working on adding them onsite. Our focus right now is to complete adding site features, games, content, and beta testing to make sure everything is in working order. We will also be testing security features, and making sure everything looks polished and is working well.
Q:Where do you see Kingdom Sky in around 2-3 years from now?
A: To have a close-knit, caring, friendly community that as a whole have helped each other and have been able to raise funds to help good causes. I personally could care less, about ratings, statistics, and having a million users. I'm about quality, rather than quantity. I rather have few members that are active and involved, than have a million members that you rarely know.
Q: How do you plan on managing all important areas of this site? (Community/Members, Staff Management, Updates, Programming and Artwork, ect.)
A: Well, to be honest I did it all for a long time in Lura. So I know, what I'll be facing, but most importantly, what fuels it. At the very heart, is the Staff. Without them, KS would not be successful. It is important that we are different minds, but one heart. Where we all do our part to make KS fun and successful for everyone. I like to have monthly staff meetings, and have Department Heads that keep everything positive and moving. If and when any problems arise, we discuss it immediately. I don't want anyone to keep any ill feelings kept inside. I've established an Open Door Policy where we can discuss problems and solutions for basically any site problems or issues.
Q: Do you have any helpful suggestions and/or tips for anyone planning on building their own site, or simply just want to start working in the petsite industry?
A: First, and foremost make sure you absolutely know what you are getting yourself into. It is a lot of work, dedication, and money. I think before you decide to open your site, it's better to have had worked for other sites so you can get experience, and get a feel for how it's going to be. Stay focused and find good, trustworthy people to help you. Let your fire and passion spread through your staff and users. Stay away from drama, and try to be original. We all have some of the same standard features, but do something special to change it up and make it special. Respect your staff and users, and keep your cool. A lot of negativity will come your way, and it's your job to turn them into positives. Finally, make sure you have a lot of cookies and yummies to hand out. =)
Q: How many staff members do you guys have? How many artists? Coders?
A: Let's see, there's 14 slaves....errr staffies, not including me. Hee,hee. Here's the break down: Owner: 1, Asst. Admin/Head Mod: 1, Writer: 1, Coder: 1, GA: 2, Pixel Artists: 2, Artists: 7
Q: Has there been a set release date yet?
A: If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
Hee,hee Well, my plan is to open in the summer. I have a date in mind, but I don't want to release it until we are closer to it and I have a better estimate of when we will be ready to open.
Q:Why the inspiration-theme though? It has never been done before, unique twist indeed.
A: In my heart, I feel God wants me to create a site that users feel good about playing and helping. That it isn't about profits, or selfish gains. Rather, more about family, friends, and helping others. Every month we will feature a different cause, and 10% of all site income, after paypal fees, and taxes that we have to pay, will go to that cause.
Users can also donate to that particular cause directly by purchasing a special item, with 100% of the proceeds going to that cause. We will add it all together and make the donation. We will also have prayer forums, were we will pray for you and by all means users can share their testimonies. We will also share inspirational quotes with our users, almost like a daily reflection, to help you start your day. Basically we want to inspire others and ourselves, to be better, stronger, and burst out our own bubbles. We share this world, and when you really think about it, we are all one huge Earthly family. <33
Q: What makes Kingdom Sky so different than other pet games?
A: WE LUFF MUFFINS...and cookies.....and brownies! Buuuut, other than that are the reasons, stated above, and we really try to have fun together. We will have some silly events, hilarious site art, games, and even a guardian color! We want to have as much fun with our users and our users to have as much fun on KS as possible! Lots of herp, derpin' goin' on in hurr. XD
Q: Are you aware of the server resources a pet game like Kingdom Sky requires? What are your hosting plans?
A: I am and I'm prepared to purchase a server once our needs increase. Everything is good as it is now, and I rather keep the user registration slow and steady with users who will be long time players joining over time. I hate lag, so the second KS lags, I will invest and do anything in my power to speed things up, but for now, I think we are good as we are.
Thank you for this opportunity! I'm really honored and I can't believe it's really happening. It's truly a dream come true, and I can't wait to share it with everyone when we open! <3