Saturday, September 15, 2012

Year One: Complete

I just wanted to take a moment and reflect on the first year of this site -- The ups, the initial doubts, and the overall surprise with the success of this site.

About ten years ago, I started a site (learning about web development at the ripe age of 14!) that was dedicated primarily to retro video games. I had some success, but my writing skills weren't anywhere near the level of some of the sites that were top-notch at the turn of the century. Slowly, but surely, the idea of maintaining a website didn't work for me anymore, and all of my passion for keeping it up went out the window.



In the last year, however, I began to feel like I wanted an outlet again to express the joy I get out of talking about older video games, movies, and tv shows. I knew the forums I would frequent just weren't cutting it anymore... I needed to try one last time to make a site that was the kind of site I always wanted to have.

The feeling of happiness that comes over you when you take those rose-colored glasses and think back to your childhood, it's something that few things in life can emulate. It's those moments in life that you can remember vividly: the first time you went through the wall in World 1-2 in Super Mario Bros., the excitement as you watched Marty McFly narrowly make it back to 1985, and the television shows that you can still remember the one-liners from -- those are the moments I will always cherish. They are the moments that make me realize that life is about remembering the past, as well as looking ahead into the future.

WaxingNostalgic.net started in September 2011 with an article detailing how to replace the 72-pin connector in your NES, and followed shortly after with a look back on Jean-Claude Van Damme's epic portrayal of Frank Dux in Bloodsport. To be honest, I NEVER thought the site would get the kind of response that it has, and it has allowed for me to reach out to fellow Retroholics via social media platforms -- eventually leading to contributor positions with DojoRetro.com and 1MoreCastle.com.

And I just want to say to the friends that I have made, and the visitors that have continually visited in my first "true" year of this site: THANK YOU! Without your continued support and encouragement, I wouldn't be in the position that I am today. The success of WaxingNostalgic.net has surprised me thus far, and I am thoroughly looking forward to many, many more years.

1 comments:

NintendoLegend said...

Game on!