Today, June 29th, marks the 6th anniversary of my formal assimilation into the internet community. On this day in 2006 I created my first forum account, and it was magical. I experienced my first message board, and I was enraptured with the concept of a community of REAL PEOPLE collaborating in discussion, criticism, roleplay, speculation, etc. over some invisible cyber-nexus. A whole new world existed just behind my screen, and there were people there that actually liked the weird stuff I liked! In the real world I live in the middle of nowhere, and barely a few folks at my school at the time could even share a glance at my love of video games and quirky Japanese stuff.
Oh, just a disclaimer, I’m not trying to make myself out to be a super special snowflake or anything, but my local community is small and thus difficult to find large amounts of common ground to reside on. However, in this sense, the internet turned out to be my saving grace as far as nerd-dom is concerned, as I quickly made a habit of getting on the computer just to enter and experience that other world with like-minded individuals. The rest is history, now my friends and I do most of our socializing online. The internet has only grown ever larger in the last 6 years, almost to the point of being integral to everyday life. There’s almost NOBODY studying in my university library that exclusively uses a plain old notebook and textbook anymore, they’re always accompanied by a laptop computer that has an almost infinite repository of information accessible from it. I remember a day when simply having a laptop was considered nerdy. How times have changed.
Here’s to another 6 years, I guess!