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Veteran Member - Level 13
September 3rd, 2011. Fairly late at night I posted my first ever comment. So September 4th was my first full day on this wondrous new site I joined for the news. I perused blogs and became impressed with a man named Saint, I read articles on gaming news, and even managed to get a few people sporadically visiting my profile. And now, one year later, I've somehow ended up being one of the major bloggers on here, recieving positive feedback, getting herdings to the point where I was the fourth most herded blogger in the past year, and even got contacted by Saint for one of my favorite things I've ever taken part in, member herding. It's been a long, strange journey, and I want to list some of the things and people that have been a major influence on me on this site as part of the community.
First of all, I wouldn't be here if not pointing out the obvious reason for sticking around, the wonderful community. When posting blogs, it's a great feeling to know that you have a large group of friendly people at your back who provides valuable feedback on your writing while maintaining a respectful atmosphere. That's the main draw to GIO, I think, having everyone let you know what they think. I've written controversial blogs, and blogs mild as water soup, and both have been equally recieved with mature feedback, letting me know how to improve many times over in the past year.
And that's a major part of it too, from the newest bloggers putting out their thoughts to the big dogs like Saint providing their thoughts in eloquent ruminations, we're all striving to improve, surpass, and generally hone our writing chops. Look at pretty much any blogger here, everyone gets better and better with each respective blog whether they know it or not. You can see this looking at anyone's blogging list, and it's sort of gratifying to realize this community helps out and supports this as well as they do.
Also, there's the benefit of being able to read quality writings you wouldn't be able to see otherwise. Most of the people writing for GIO only do it as a interest, not in any sort of professional capacity. Let me bring up one example, Quasiconundrum. He's a bronze member at the moment, and a fairly recent face to regularly see among the bloggers, but he's fast become one of the most prolific bloggers on the site with his deep quality of writing. And this story is a regular occurence amongst the site. It's an amazingly open system where the upper echelon of blogging and the newest people cutting their teeth all have equal opportunity to be heard. And if you're some of those people who act like there's elitism among the sidebar to where normal members can't get exposure, I myself am an example to prove you wrong. I'm not on the sidebar. I'm not one of the "legendary" bloggers. But I've ended up one of the major bloggers on here nonetheless, and if I can do it with my meager skill there's no excuse for anyone else.
Alright, as for some of the people who have been a major influence on my experience here. First of all, I have to go with the universal answer, Saint. He's like the glue that holds the community together, with all the events he runs from Member Herding and Blog Herding to Guess That Gamer and his multitude of quality blogs. He's a great person to know, and he does a lot to make this community what it is.
Mojomonkey12 is another person of note. He's become a sort of community cheerleader, getting people to do things even while not being a particulalrly common blogger. If he hadn't gotten me into Team GIO last year, I most likely wouldn't be here, as I met many great people through it. He's an awesome guy to know, and I'm honored to have struck up a friendship with him.
DeadManWalking is like my editor extraordinare. He's pushed me into blogging when I wasn't confident in my own abilities, nudged me into resuming poetry, and basically single-handedly got me to where I'm at today. He's also a great friend, one which I always enjoy talking to be it on Twitter, Skype, or here on GIO.
PRjumpman124...where do I begin with him? Maybe the fact that he's ended up my clone, liking most everything I like? I've got to the point where I value his opinion on pretty much anything over anyone else, and there's been many a time where I've bought items based on nothing other than his recommendation. From Clone Wars to our Skypescapades, he's always a pleasure to talk to.
At various other times, Mray901, DarkeonWarlord, GoldvsSilver, Sora3Ben, AnotherMatthew, and Blaze6106 have all helped tremendously with the writing process, giving me the confidence to continue when I start doubting myself. All of them are awesome for helping out, and mostly awesome in general. In the same vein, Papercamm has taken time out of his life on a couple occasions to create art for me to use. Another great friend.
Noobtubin8er has also been awesome, with him and me going back and forth with working on Extra Life and our Minecraft world, plus it doesn't hurt that he's a quality writer as well. Another one of the cool people I've met through the site.
And Anticitizen-One, my favorite blogger. He writes some of the most profound, deep writings it's ever been my pleasure to reflect on. From Rockstar games to Batman, this Mexican dude writes some of the best blogs I've ever read, and leaves me needing more of his thoughts on subjects.
So, overall, GIO has become my home on the web, whether I'm joking around with the Brony group, engaged in an intense battle in Reach for Fragfest, or doing what I like to do best and blog. And that brings me to the first part of the title of this blog. We're all riding the spiral of humanity, striving for improvement even as time continues to turn like the inexorable spinning of a wheel. In our writings, we bare our souls, and let people know what makes us who we are. So thank you GIO, for a great year, for providing a home away from home where I can get away from the strife of my life and get on to some of my passions and hobbies. Here's to many more, I'm looking forward to continuing to ride the wheel and the spiral with you all.