In just a few short weeks, HonestGamers will be celebrating ten full years of existence. That's long enough that I was still single, still a teenager and fresh out of high school when the site was first conceived. It's a third of the time I've spent on this strange planet.
That's sobering, to think that for nearly 10 years, I've been crouched over one keyboard or another, coding and re-coding the site and writing little notes about how things are growing and improving and how the future is bright and cheery.
Against all odds, time has proven those outlandish predictions to be true. I dared to dream that someday we'd have more than a few thousand hits a year. That has happened and now we have that number of visitors every day, to say nothing of the total number of hits. I dared to dream that someday we'd be able to review games that publishers send us rather than waiting to cover things when they hit bargain bins and almost no one cares about them. That also has happened. Most importantly, I dreamed of a time when exploring the site's complete content could take hours or even days. This too has happened.
Without all of you, my original goals could never have been reached and surpassed. We wouldn't have nearly 6000 quality reviews posted right now, or nearly 34,000 games listed in the database or more than 30,000 screenshots posted. In fact, if I'm to be perfectly frank, there probably wouldn't even be a site here at all.
So thank you for making everything a success, for helping the site to reach the 10-year mark in such great shape that I have no trouble imaginging an even brighter future as it heads into the next decade of existence. Thank you for getting behind my vision of a haven for intelligent gamers and retro enthusiasts and making it our vision.
As November rolls around and we head into the next 10 years, my hope is that many of you will continue doing what you've already been doing so well for so long. I hope that you'll all continue to enjoy the results, too. It started as a casual hobby, but HonestGamers has become a significant part of my life. I come here because it's the place on the Internet I most love... not just because I created it, but because so many of you got involved and helped shape it into one of the most spectacular gaming sites around.
Don't ever forget how much each of you have poured into what the site is today. Thank you for everything you've done so far, and let's continue working together to make the next 10 years even better!
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|Linkamoto - October 23, 2008 (01:30 PM)
|bloomer - October 23, 2008 (07:37 PM)
10 years... the longest I've been able to tolerate any hugely active website project I've commenced has been about 2.5 years :) I mean I have a bunch of sites around, but apart from my music site, they're all archives now. You've pulled off a great achievement here.
|Lewis - October 25, 2008 (01:10 AM)
Ten years ago I was ten. Scary stuff.
|psychopenguin - October 25, 2008 (04:46 AM)
Wow, I didn't even know about this site until a few years ago, and I was pretty active in the GameFAQs-like scene for a long time. Awesome stuff, though.