This is it. After eight years online, PunkDisasters.com has come to an end.
There's a lot I'd like to say here, yet it's hard to even begin to articulate it. I'll start by reminding those who were here of what this site used to be: one of the best communities I've ever seen online. When this site started, it was just a small, little fan site for a band called...well, you know - blink-182. What it grew into - even through the band splitting up - was the site where hour upon hour would be spent by fans all over the world.
I could waste my time here with some smooth-flowing words about how we became a fantastic community, but I'll just leave it at this: fun times were had. I'll never forget the endless Photoshop threads, the award threads, the inside jokes that the lurkers were most likely perturbed at, the "sleepovers", the PD Elite, the karma, the flame fests, the love fests, the awful sigs, the great sigs, the noob-bashing, the noob adopting, the moose burgerz, Glover, the Red Sea, Marcus's famiwee...and the point where a sentence becomes a long list.
I'll also never forget what it meant to me personally. Racing online after school to be the first site to post a news story or a song leak, feeling gratified after achieving 10,000 hits in a day, staying up until 2:00 AM on a school night and then sitting in the back of my high school class - tired, but still working on some design sketch or some site idea I had started. I'd be staring at a screen until my eyes hurt, but it was for something I truly enjoyed doing. I was always grateful for the support, encouragement and feedback I receieved from all of you. And, as much as spending so much time on the internet may have done damage to me, the way it advanced me personally is something invaluable to me. I can't speak for the amount this site has done for my ability to make a pretty design, make music, or code.
I'd also like to apologize for a quick moment, for what became the end of the site. Although I feel like blaming myself entirely for this situation would be a bit narcissistic, I have no choice but to admit that my laziness, depression, growing disinterest, and selfishness all contributed to the sharp decrease in activity on the site over the last couple years. I know we had something great, and I am deeply sorry that we don't have that anymore. Something I had poured so much hard work into became something I didn't want to even look at anymore. There is a time when all things need to end, and this is that time for us.
Lastly, I would like to say a whole bunch of "thank you"s. Thank you to Espen who started this site in the first place, did an outstanding job, and gave a 16-year-old me the opportunity to learn so much. Thank you to all the administrators and moderators who always did their best.
Thank you to everyone who let PD become such a big part of you. The friends made, the times shared, the laughs, the anger, the love; even though we were all so far from each other, it was a great experience.
And, thank you to all the great friends I've made from this site. Ryan, Matt, Austin, Tom, Mosy, Jessika, Simon, Pat, Liam, and anyone whose name I may have forgot to mention - thank you, again, so much. As lame as it may sound for one person to say to another person he's only had the experience of talking to over the internet, I really appreciated always having someone to talk to - having someone who would laugh with me, cheer me up, give me advice, or just talk with me about some bullshit pop band's latest album.
I wish everyone the best of luck in whatever it is you've been doing and whatever it is you will be doing.
I guess this is growing up...