Six Years. Six Years this site has been here. It is only a few months older than my son. So why are we still here? Well, I didn’t want to see the site go away. Let me be honest. I Don’t really think we have any chance of ever being as big as we were. G.I. Joe itself is never going to be as big as it was back in 2008. So why save it? Let me explain something about this site, its history, and me.
I came to the site about 3 or 4 months after it was started. I was a lurker on Hisstank for a while and before that was on Toynewsi and I was looking for somewhere with the right atmosphere. Friendly, welcome, funny, laid back and nice to new members (noobs/newbs).
Hisstank is a great news site, but the forums aren’t the friendliest of places, especially to Newbs. Toynewsi even back then wasn’t a very active forum, though the news aspect is and always has been great. So how did I end up here? Well, while I was lurking on Hisstank, I saw a few different people I thought were hilarious start disappearing. AmberBratt, banned from HT, HissCommander, banned from HT.
So I followed them to a site that seemed to welcome those reprobates with open arms. And I found the Chat Room. The one thing none of the other sites had. Instead of Posting a comment and hitting refresh all day to see a response, I could talk to these people and lurk to my hearts content. Thats what drew me in. The atmosphere, the openness, dare I say it……the community.
This is going to be sacrilege, but I don’t consider myself a Dromer first. I consider myself a Geek and a Joe Fan, and when I first moved here there were people from all different joe sites meeting together. Joebattlelines, HT, YOJOE, all were welcome.
Then the drama hit, and did it ever hit, for those who were around at the time, you know what I am talking about, for those who weren’t, I am tired of dealing with it, so I am not going into it. Instead of leaving the site, I stayed here. Why? Because of the friends I had that stayed. Because this site was still a community to me. It wasn’t loyalty or hatred of any one person. It was the site, I was loyal to what this site was. I became a Dromer.
And that brings us to Now. I guess now I am THE Dromer. The Boss. What The Flying F@@k On A Pogo Stick Am I Thinking!!!??? This Site is never going to be big, we are never going to have the post counts or traffic of HT. We are Never going to grow like we did before. But hopefully we can stay a community, and maybe grow some.
So Why Save It?
Because I don’t want to lose this Community. Help Me Keep It Alive.
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Bottom Line, I am the Boss now, the site is still here.
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