Man, I chose a good time to sign back on to see what was going on. Not so good news to see and read about the diminishing community, though. I've been a part of the AE community since 2005 and a part of these forums since early 2008. I'm coming up on my 12 and 10 year anniversaries, respectively. These forums were a HUGE part of my life back in the day. I was 14 when I joined these forums, and to say that these forums helped me get through my teenage years would be a little bit of an understatement.
I can remember many good times with a countless amount of people on these forums. When Coyote used to be Versilaryan (can't remember the full name, but I think that's what it was), DUM, UltraPowerPie, Clyde, Solar Boy, Guardian Patrick, ~QB~, toidiedud, tflo and many, many others. I was able to connect with a few people on social media with our real names. I remember the constant pings on IRC from someone accidentally typing the incorrect form of m0d into chat and bringing the wrath of the mods. The countless dance parties in AQW on battleon-1 (or the numerous attempts of spamming /join battleon). When Stardot sent me the PM, scaring me in the process because of its title, asking me if I wanted to become an AK. That was three days after my one year anniversary on these forums. That was a special day for me. I may not have been the most reliable AK with my activity (due to various/constant technological issues that my unemployed, 15 year old self couldn't handle), but that was an experience I will never forget.
Geez, I could go on and on about my memories on these forums. I went from a constant forum contributor, to a lurker, to someone who visits only a handful of times a year. But there is just something about this place that I can't stop coming back to. This place was almost like a home for me. No, it was a home away from home. Or a home inside a home. Sitting at home on my computer made this place that, haha. But I guess it's time to wrap this post up.
To all my old friends on these forums, to anyone that may recognize me/my name, and to the new people who don't know who the heck I am: I hope you guys are all doing, and have been doing well. I truly do miss this place and wish I could come back on a more frequent basis. If there is any way that I can reconnect with some of you forumites, AKs and/or mods I will jump at that chance, whether that's another forum, form of social media, or gaming console. I'm busy with work, school, and life in general, but I'm sure I can make time to reconnect with you all.
I guess it's time to use my signature for one, possibly, final time. I'll still try my best to poke my head back.But no matter what happens with me, it has been a fun ride being a part of these forums. <3
PS: My grammar/writing skills were at their best when I was regularly contributing to these forums, so I apologize if what you read is off, haha.