Just realized I have surpassed the 15,000 post mark. I will also be a member for 9 years this August 30th, which in it's own right is insane. The only other thing in my life I have been so connected with for so many years is my wife.
Seems, kind of insane when I think about it.
Especially when considering the first 4 or so years I was a member, I used to write short essays as posts and only learned many years into being a member how to keep things short and sweet. So take those short essays, and some of them probably could have been broken down into 50 posts. Easily.
I have gone from Forum • Mod to • Global Mod to • News Writer (or the ever so appropriately titled Senior Gaming Analyst) to • Veteran To • Forum Mod to • News Writer with Mod privileges to • Veteran.
While I can say my time on staff is probably officially over, I do look forward to picking up the gaming podcast once new releases start picking up again, so perhaps I will go back to a Newsie, unless I can just stay a Veteran and continue to do the news.
My time on staff has given me the opportunities to go to Seattle which included visiting Valve's Mean Headquarters
and hanging out on the Northwestern Boat from the Deadliest Catch
, which to this day are both highlights of my travels across the United States, to in 2009 visiting Texas and going to a whole lot of tech companies
, to Las Vegas to cover CES
for the site in January of 2009 (could not find any better articles I had written). So really to say that Neowin has provided me the opportunity to do things I otherwise never would have done is an understatement. It has truly allowed me to take some amazing, amazing adventures. Adventures I never, ever would have done otherwise, so for this fact alone, I am forever grateful.
So I could literally list about 50 people, minimum, that over the years since I have been a member, that have had some kind of affect on my life itself. Instead of doing so, I will just say you all (hopefully) know who you are.
I would like to thank Neobond directly though. Over the years he has always been very cool with me, and has indeed put up with me during some moments I am not all to proud of at the end of the day. In the most recent years, Barney as well. Both of these guys have always been there for me from a staff perspective, so I would just like to say thanks.
I will end this by saying it is my dream so to speak to see the forums return to a focus on technology first and foremost. I know the general discussion is what is most popular these days, but I am personally not a huge fan of all of the religion and politics that have infiltrated the forums over the past couple of years. Let's bring it back to technology and games. What I believe makes the community truly a special place.
Thanks for reading if you have. Here is to 15,000 more posts and 9 more years.