Welcome to my 10,000th post on Giant Bomb, the website about videogames. It's been 2848 days (7 years 9 months and 17 days for those of you without calculators) since I made this account on Juy 21st, 2008. That's 384 blogs, 1025 images, and 12,200 PM's that I've sent and received. Filling in your mental timelines, I've been moderating this website for 5 years and 3 months, roughly 62% of my membership here. Since joining Giant Bomb I've lived in 8 different houses on 3 different continents. I enrolled and graduated from university, held 5 jobs, and I'm currently living on the opposite side of the planet from when I started. I have PM's from people in my inbox that started 6 years ago who I still keep in contact with on a daily basis. I've watched people meet on this site and go on to get married. I've made friends all over the world and, in some instances, I've even traveled to meet them in person, in the real. I flew to Boston for PAX and Jeff bought me my first ever meatloaf. I got to drink Tequila with Ryan. I feel fucking honoured.
And old. I feel old.
Increasingly the majority of my time on this site is spent moderating it. Sometimes it can get hairy, and you need some distance from the people that are taking part in the discussions you're being asked to police. That sucks, and I wish I could be still be more involved. I'm not going to lie, I miss being a sarcastic little shit and causing trouble (although I'm sure plenty would argue that nothing much has changed in that regard). I miss hanging out in the IRC and fucking around. But I'm also proud of the website we've built and helped to shape. I don't want to get all emotional or anything (I promised myself I wouldn't cry) but we did good, people. Yeah.
Ten thousand posts is a nice milestone. I don't get the opportunity to write much anymore, so you're going to have to excuse the sudden goofy nostalgia :)
Stay excellent, Giant Bomb community. I still want to be inside you.