Hi, hello. Today my account here on Newgrounds turns 5 years old, so I thought I'd do a little review of my experience here in this site throughout those 5 years (but really it's been two years since I got actually active).
So we start here, I make my account and mostly use it for favoriting things on the audio portal. I wasn't really active at all during this time except for uploading music, which started with Pluck. Shoutouts to @nstryder for my first music review ever, and for letting me know sidechaining existed. It actually was really helpful and encouraging though, thank you.
Uploaded a couple more songs, got a review here and there. And not much else except for continuously attempting and failing to get my other music friends on the site.
During the start of this year I felt like getting a tad more into the community. Kept visiting the art portal and found a bunch of cool art, for real so many great friggin' artists on this site. Started visiting the under judgement section, trying to make myself a proper NG member. Aside from that, I had an attempt of getting into the NGADM but I wasn't really quite there yet.
At this time I joined a few Newgrounds servers on Discord, including @TheNewgroundsPodcast when it was just created. This is where I found some of the coolest people I've met honestly. I would put a whole list of names here but there's too many peeps and cutting it off anywhere would be mean, buuuut I do have to mention @Kraikein, Eight, @MidgetSausage and @smallphroge for being fucking epic. Also the lads at the NGP discord, the Audio Pub and the Party Games & Chill server. RIP Newgrounds Server 2/Atomix.
I started using the BBS, which is surprisingly fun for a zoomer like me who has never used one. Shoutouts to @tacopug for making the Incremental Improvement Club, which actually helped me a lot, not gonna lie to you. I also got through the tryouts of the NGUAC! and made a track for the first round, but again I wasn't quite there. It was also a tense test of making stuff on an actual deadline.
This was the good year. After 4 years I finally got my first frontpage, that was a great feeling, not to mention the people who've left really nice comments about my stuff, seriously thank you for each and every one. Not strictly Newgrounds related but I joined @wavetro's Discord server back in January, and it has been my favorite server, period. For real, all the regulars are all fuckin' awesome. Also @bluryach we should talk more often dude.
I tried once more to get on the NGADM, and while I didn't go beyond the audition round, the reviews people left on my submission were very kind so I'm happy. I was approached by @xristos to make music for his game, which came as a bit of a surprise. That marks my first actual collaboration with someone. Then the Stickmen 2020 Remake Collection happened so that's the second. "Finally! Actually contributing to the site with other people!" he said, after only throwing his own self-indulgent tracks into the cybernetic void for years.
More people were following me after having done more stuff with people, and right around the end of the year I got to 100 fans! I was like "oh wow people like my stuff I can't believe it", it's a very nice feeling.
Hopefully more stuff like this can happen in the coming years, there's a lot of great people and great things on this site, and I'm grateful that I have been able to witness it and interact with some of it. I really wish this website is kept alive for a long time, hopefully. Thank you for reading.