On a whim, I decided to go back and look at the first ever blog post I put up on this site. Apparently it went up back on January 30th, 2012, and besides a small progess update on a story I was working on at the time, here's what it had to say:
To all fifty (!!!) of my followers, I want to thank you for considering my stories worthy enough of your continuing attention! I try to put my best into them, and it's incredibly gratifying to see them accepted, praised, and improved as a result of your constructive criticism. So a huge thanks to all of you bronies who have encouraged me to continue writing here!
It all seems rather quaint and charming now. I mean, sure, there's the follower count bit. January 2012 version of me seems so excited to have fifty followers, not knowing his account would eventually record over seventeen times that amount. Not bad, if I do say so myself. But more than that, January 2012 me just seems so... enthusiastic about all of this.
I've been trying to put together something that could serve as a proper send-off to this community. I'm just not checking in that much nowadays and my enthusiasm for this stuff is hitting all-time lows. I thought about writing some long speech about what this fandom has meant to me, but then I didn't know what to say. How do you write passionately about something you've lost interest in? I also considered taking the middle-fingered exit, where I relish the opportunity to bitch about everyone around here who has ever annoyed me without any personal consequences whatsoever, but as tempting as that was I decided I wanted to leave on a slightly classier note.
So let me leave you guys with a request. You guys like cartoons, right?
(I mean, shit, I'd hope so. You're on this site, after all.)
Then some of you will surely appreciate this amazing jack-o-lantern my sister carved for Halloween this year:
The artistic ability of my sister continues to astound me. I mean, it's hard enough to draw a piece of fan work in the style of the original, but to draw said fan work on an uneven surface, and then carve said fan work in said uneven surface?
So here's my request: please go check out my sister's art. She's on Tumblr and deviantart, so pick your preferred platform. Give her a like, a comment, a follow, whatever you're willing to offer. Show her a little bit of the love you've shown me.
Really, that would be the nicest send-off you could give me.