In the fall of 1999, I fell in love with DBZ and decided
to try my hand at making a site. It was a failure. As
I started browsing through more and more DBZ sites,
I eventually stumbled on the likes of Planet Namek,
VegettoEX's Homepage, and Temple O' Trunks. Now mind
you, I didn't know that these sites had a certain position
in the strange hierarchy of DBZ sites-I only knew that
they were really good sites that I liked. When PN and
ToT did not accept my link submission (EX scared me),
I rethought things and made some changes. I couldn't
find a decent Goku shrine. The only one I liked was
last updated in 1997. So I decided to do that. I tossed
out a bunch of pics I'd gotten off other sites and started
using my own scans and/or screen captures. I tried to
come up with cooler ideas to be interesting or funny.
Not long after that, PN had another links submission
opening so I sent mine in...and I was accepted.
At that point in time, there were what some called
the Elite. Elite sites were ones that people ("everybody")
knew-they were kinda famous. PN, ToT, EX, Vegeta Insane,
DBZ Uncensored, and more. The group would vary from
fan to fan. Sometimes Greg Werner's The Ultimate DBZ
Information Site would be included or Dragon Ball Blast
or Toriyama.org or others. The exact group was never
set but I had an idea of who they were. And I'll be
honest. I wanted to be one of those sites. When people
talked about the best of the DBZ sites, I wanted for
them to include Cat of Goku Central. Man, I wanted it.
Maybe it's a silly desire since really and truly, it's
far more important to have a good site than a known
site but nonetheless, I had it. FYI, this was all between
February and May of 2000. In late March, I wrote an
editorial about voice acting in DBZ. I submitted it
everywhere in creation. To EX, to ToT, to Kienzan's
Edge, to Fate of Vegeta-to Saiya-jin Fusion Empire which
was working its way up very quickly in the DBZ online
community. Mostly I got positive feedback via e-mail
and still do on occasion. EX declared mine as insanely
cool crediting Cathy Michaels and cut out the link to
my site in the editorial (which is fine now since that
URL died not too long after). Sean Kendle credited me
but said that I was from Planet Goku. He corrected it
after I told him though. Heh heh. I got Editorial of
the Week at Kienzan's Edge. Meri posted it up on her
site-this was before she linked me though I sent in
both submissions at the same time. Anywho's, I was Cathy
Michaels who had written this good editorial and had
a DBZ site. Maybe some people knew I was Cat from Goku
Central, but it seemed like most did not.
Time passed. In May, I found a home of a message board
at BBA/ToT not long after Meri added my link. The place
became a hangout of sorts. Though I would still work
on Goku Central, it was no longer that important to
me about how many hits I got or if I'd ever achieve
the level of the Elite. I was busy making friends and
relaxing. I'm a bit of an introvert and didn't talk
to many people online until then. Being a regular at
the ToT board, I got a chance to talk to Meri more often.
She and I grew to be good friends. For quite some time,
she was the only DBZ webmaster I spoke with on a regular
Well, I let my link submissions build up for...oh...maybe
three months I think. Other stuff happened around that
time. ToT and EX had to find new hosts. PN had a massive
server bill. SJFE announced its closing at domain name
expiration. DBZ Uncensored was up but fading away. Things
looked pretty grim for our DBZ online community as some
call it...didn't they? I disagree.
I'd already linked to DBKenkon awhile ago and liked
Vej right away though I only knew her vaguely. She and
I would stop by occasionally at each other's message
boards. As I went through one link and another discovering
several that irked me, I also found one (there was actually
more than one but this one was special) from someone
who said that she'd already linked me and had been a
long time ago. This was a good site. Aku No Nawabari.
And do you know what I found there (aside from a very
cool person running it and other spiffy stuff)? I found
an editorial that used Acting Analysis by Cathy Michaels
as its basis. That was one of the most flattering moments
in my time online. I had actually inspired someone.
Do you have any idea how cool that is??? DO YOU!???!?!
Since Lena had found the editorial off of EX's site,
she did not know that it was by the same person who
ran Goku Central. I had a very cool coincidental moment
telling her about it. Like Vej, I don't get to talk
to her that often but it's always a pleasure when I
do. Soon after that lil' occurrence, I stumbled onto
Savage Z. I signed the guestbook and linked the place.
In doing this, I also met MG as he e-mailed me not long
after to thank me. He is incredible. I gave him my AIM
name and we started to talk on a regular basis-not so
much now since I'm not even on AIM that much lately.
We had some cool conversations. He gave me my very own
Goku cola machine too. What a guy, huh? And sometime
between then and now, he invited me into a chat where
I got to meet ADawg (recently announced presence of
Majin Seishin at MG.com), S4 (MajinGohan.com), and Lordess
(Twisted World). There was someone from DBJapan there
who said about two sentences while I was there. It was
an interesting experience since I kind of knew who they
were though I'd hardly directly spoken to any of them
beforehand. Vej was there too at some point. I didn't
know her AIM name so I felt pretty silly when she told
me. Anyway, S4 asked if I had a site. I told him that
I did and gave the URL. I knew he'd already been there
at least once since my site was going to be reviewed
before his site closed. He thought it was pretty cool.
Well, the chat eventually ended. I only hope that I
will get the chance to join in such chats again.
Future Foretold, The Lunch Box, SaiyanBrat's Lair,
The Jinzouningen Temple, Nani, Planet Z, Southern City,
DBZOA, GotenMYz DFW, The Nimbus Cloud, Sailor Balls,
and Starwolf's Dragonball Z Domain are some other good
DBZ-related sites that I would like to mention in addition
to the ones already noted in this editorial. I know
I'm forgetting some beyond those. While it's true there
may be a decline of interest in DBZ for some, it's shown
to not hold true for all. Even at that, some who aren't
interested in DBZ still love to work on their sites.
The Elite of the time when I entered onto the DBZ scene
may have changed, but awesome DBZ sites are not lacking.
I'm tempted to go so far as to say the Elite no longer
exist. Sure, several sites that were a part of that
group are still around, but now there are so many more
good sites out there. And that group just isn't the
same. You know what I've come to realize in the past
few months? I've established myself. When I speak, people
listen. Not everybody but more than I thought apparently.
Though no one's ever said that they look up to me, they
have expressed respect for me. I like that. Perhaps
my site is not the legendary awesome one I wanted it
to be, but it has made its mark as a good one.
Since that November evening when I opened a whee little
site devoted to DBZ, I have seen many changes. I have
seen sites come and go before I ever really had a chance
to peruse them. Of ones that I do get to look through
thoroughly, I have seen some stay, grow, and/or die.
Or retire in some cases. And in my case, I have seen
my site grow-yet there is still so much more to do.