Thursday, July 3, 2014

Post 500 Or How I'm Still Not Sure How To Thank Y'all.

So, I’ve been at a complete loss as to what to use this space to talk about. This blog has lasted for 499 previous posts, and today, I’m struggling in regards to what to say and how to say it. Sure, reaching this milestone is a testament to either the blog’s longevity or my stubbornness, but regardless it’s something that doesn’t happen often. The Digitized Ramblings Of An 8-Bit Animal began simply as a way to not lose my ability to manipulate the written word all while discussing about one of the things I’m most passionate about.  I never had any allusions about this blog becoming a paying gig, or being accepted by the any of the big gaming websites. This site is apparently a niche thing, and those who do read it are appreciated.
For every misgiving or doubt I have that what I’ve said in these posts simply don’t matter in the grand scheme of gaming, I always hear from readers who tell me that they respect my opinion over a major site or now defunct TV network. Knowing that letting someone know how short the story mode in Bioshock Infinite was saved a gamer from spending $60 months earlier than they really wanted to or discussing the story elements of Catherine actually inspired a couple to play it together (the first time they had done so) always brings a smile to my face.  That’s the point of this blog, to give you not only an informed opinion, but to inform so that you can form your own opinion.
With that all said there have been a number of times where I have legitimately considered letting this go. Self doubt, anxiety, and moments of depression are scary on their own, but combined they become a hydra of personal struggle that is pretty difficult to conquer. I regularly say that I am infinitely harder on myself than another person could ever be, but knowing that you appreciate and support what happens here reassures me that what I say here matters.
Over the last four plus years, The Digitized Ramblings of an 8-Bit Animal has allowed me to share my gaming knowledge and that you have stood beside me is a blessing, and I hope you have all enjoyed what myself and the other contributors here have given you. With everything I have said here, all that is left is to thank you for being a part of this small movement that has grown into an army that stretches across the world. I’m excited about what will happen in the future and hope that you will be along for the ride. Thank you for all the love and support.

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