August 2021 update: I did not build a chat room on this website. But I did better. I created a mobile app that includes private chat. You can see all of details at https://glutendude.app.
So I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. I’m out of hours. Meaning there is only so much I can squeeze into a day without my head exploding. Which means I don’t have time to answer all of your awesome emails I receive. And I hate leaving people hanging.
So as I say to the Dudettes all the time…”Every problem has a solution.”
I created the forums in the hopes that the community could help each other through my site, without me necessarily needing to be involved all the time. And you folks have responded oh so well. Over 600 users have signed up in the short time its been live and over 800 conversations have been started. Very cool.
But sometimes folks need a quick answer. Or they want to connect one on one with somebody in private. Or they just want to have a real conversation (well…a real ONLINE conversation.) Or they just want to witter away some hours talking about celiac or anything else on their mind.
So that got me thinking. What is this website missing that would allow all of the above? The light bulb went off (a rarity). REAL TIME CHAT.
I’d add a chat feature that would offer group chat, private chat, file sharing, etc. I did some research and I did not find anything else out there. Pretty cool, right? The downside? It costs money. No, I would not charge anybody to use it. I would cover the cost for your benefit. But for me to take on the expense, I’d want to make sure it would be used.