Happy Anniversary - Six Years of GWJ

Six years seems, simultaneously, small and huge. Small in the sense that I still get energized about the site on a regular basis and it seems like we’ve only just scratched the surface of what we want to do. Huge in the sense that there is a lot of history here, and personalities that shine brightly while populating a world I enjoy living in. Though imperfect, I am proud of the community that congregates under Stan’s daydreaming thought-bubble, and it has provided me far more rich entertainment than I deserve.

As always, I am reminded that this, our sixth anniversary, is not so much about us as it is about you.

It has been a significant year for GWJ. We completely revamped the look and feel of the site. We had some amazing guests and conversations on the podcast. We hosted absolutely amazing content from writers that I look forward to working with every day. We were shown overwhelming support by a fantastic community. As I look back over 2008 I find much to be encouraged about moving forward into our seventh year.

Every year, I ask you to bear with me for a day as I become maudlin and over-serious about what has been a long and rewarding project for me. This year is no different, and as I think back on an eventful year, I find a few highlights distinguish 2008.

The Conference Call -

I’m not certain when the podcast became a cornerstone of the site, but it has. I recall well when GWJ Radio, a show of which I was a sincere fan, recorded its final broadcast, I thought quite clearly, “well, it was nice while it lasted.” We floated the idea to resurrect some kind of broadcast for a good year, always certain that the exercise would likely be short-lived, before Rob finally goaded us into action. The results have been surprising.

As I suspect many of you know from listening, it’s not about the guests or the games. Really, the Conference Call is just an opportunity for me to sit back and talk about games with friends every week. Even when I go into the show feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, it becomes a highlight of my week.

Yes, I know many of you would like to listen to those oldest shows, and we are still trying to find a solution that will allow us to work that programming back into the official canon. There are complications that have to do with libraries, feeds and words that mean nothing to me. It’s on our list.

User Supported Content -

Perhaps the most significant highlight of the year, for me, was being able to take down much of the advertising. I was never comfortable with our solutions for advertising partnerships, and it won’t surprise anyone involved in online publication to know that finding good advertisers is a full time task to which I was not adequately equipped. Then, you guys stepped up in a donation drive that allowed us to reach our financial goals without having to rely on ads for smiley faces or pirates that solve puzzles.

I know the user-supported model isn’t an option for every site, or even all that many sites, but I feel like it organizes priorities in the right place. We are beholden to you. Our support of the community and ability to deliver the content you want decides our fate. It’s not about writing articles that generate the right kind of viewership or advertising options, it’s about staying current with what’s important to you.

That was a good change for us, and it means that when you see an advertisement on GWJ now, it’s not just an attempt to cash in on traffic but an actual endorsement. There’s a valuable distinction there.

The Community –

As I read over Rabbit’s most recent article on Braid, and find a discussion on gaming that seems unparalleled, I can’t help but continue to marvel at the folks who make up our community. I say it every year, and I mean it as sincerely now as ever before, you guys are what makes GWJ worth visiting. I love the articles and content produced by our talented pool of writers, and I take great pride in the work we do, but the community is what makes the site worth visiting throughout the day.

This site is yours in some very real ways. So, whether you’ve been here for a few weeks or since January 15, 2003, happy anniversary!

Comments

Happy anniversary - keep up the good work

Thanks for a great site. I really can't say enough about how much I love this place.

According to my profile I have been a member for 6 years and 1 day. That's longer than I've been married to my wife by 5 months! I'll try out the anniversary gift on you guys first.

I remember meeting Certis, Elysium, theFly, EdgarNewt and a few others at E3 god knows how many years ago now. Maybe I can convince my company to fly me to PAX this year.

Sephirotic wrote:

According to my profile I have been a member for 6 years and 1 day. That's longer than I've been married to my wife by 5 months! I'll try out the anniversary gift on you guys first.

I remember meeting Certis, Elysium, theFly, EdgarNewt and a few others at E3 god knows how many years ago now. Maybe I can convince my company to fly me to PAX this year.

Be sure to write down the details that made that possible. Video recordings should also be considered.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone, management and community, for keeping GWJ my favorite place on the internet.

6 years! Wow, time flies by. I still remember I used to follow Certis and Elysium posts in Evil Avatar and they quit to start GWJ. I lurked for a long time before registering, but I've been following the site since then.

GWJ is the forum I keep open the whole day at work and at home and it's the one I spam my F5 key every 10 minutes or so to read new posts.

Happy anniversary GWJ! (Oh, and I'm making plans to attend PAX this year and I'm looking forward to meet you.)

Congratulations! I'd get a cake if I knew where to send it.

Six years? Really? Good god, I've been coming to this site for like 5 years now. O_o

Been a lurker the past few, mostly due to my WoW addiction and my lack of like any console gaming, still, I always find interesting articles on here. Read lots, but never get around to commenting.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

If you need it, I've got wood.

I'll trade you a brick and a sheep for your wood. [/Catan]

Congrats, guys, and I look forward to listening and lurking more in '09!

Congrats to everybody!

Thanks for keeping this place running. It's become a vital part of my gaming lifestyle.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Certis wrote:

Modern: Woodenware

If you need it, I've got wood.

I've got wood for sheep.

But I'd trade four of anything for GWJ.

Eridanis wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

If you need it, I've got wood.

I'll trade you a brick and a sheep for your wood. [/Catan]

Congrats, guys, and I look forward to listening and lurking more in '09!

That's what I get for posting before checking the second page!

Happy birthday, GWJ. You know you'll always be my favorite 'ho.

Eridanis wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

If you need it, I've got wood.

I'll trade you a brick and a sheep for your wood. [/Catan]

Congrats, guys, and I look forward to listening and lurking more in '09!

But Quintin needs the wood for use with the sheep.

http://www.instantrimshot.com/

We're planning to make it to PAX this year.

I'll see you there, beardo! I was planning on going this year as I get out of the Army in a month and I graduate from school in May. So, that means my life will be shallow and empty again and I might as well fill it with trips I probably can't afford!

From someone who's only been following the site since Julian's appearance on GFW Radio (and now a more regular mainstay since the 1Upocalypse), congratulations!

I began listening to the GWJ podcast around a period where a bunch of you was really into Madden, or at least talked about it alot. I don't like sports games and I really don't like american football (nor soccer, for that matter). Still I stayed and joined. That's how awesome you guys are. Cheers for being the best podcast out there, and Happy Anniversary!
(What I mean is, even though one can't always be agreeing with what is said, every discussion is interesting to listen to. That's a quite good thing for a podcast.)

Also, go Rabbit!

Happy anniversary. I look froward to the podcast every week, and GWJ is now my homepage.

"Gamers With Jobs: killing workplace productivity since 2003"

Fjornsvavne wrote:

(What I mean is, even though one can't always be agreeing with what is said, every discussion is interesting to listen to. That's a quite good thing for a podcast.)

My thoughts exactly. I don't post much, but I've been a listener for almost a year now, although it doesn't seem nearly that long. Damn, time flies when you're old(-ish) and busy!

Congrats on the 6-year anniversary. I wish everyone on the GWJ staff continued success for at least 6 more years!

Congratulations! Thanks for starting this site and keeping it awesome

Congratulation on six great years. GWJ is still the one site I still recommend to my gaming friends due to the great writing and community. There really isn't another game site like it on the net and truthfully probably will never be.

Congratulations you inglorious b**tards. Let's hear it for 6 more years!

Happy Birthday, Goodjerdom! Butt pats all around.

Man, how time flies. Best place on the internet, and best podcast ever. Congrats to all the 'Vets and all the Coffee Grinders who are future 'Vets in training - may we all enjoy plenty a game together in the years to come.

Happy birthday us! I can't believe it's been 6 years. It seems just like yesterday that we were on Evil Avatar.

momgamer wrote:

Not to mention the infested-with-hipsters part.

Demi?

McChuck wrote:
momgamer wrote:

Not to mention the infested-with-hipsters part.

Demi?

No, I meant the four over-coiffed gals in dark turtlenecks over by the stairwell discussing pedicures and free-range coffee. And several tables full of guys in pale blue dress shirts and Izods.

Congrats guys! This is the only forums I participate in any regularity and the only podcast I still subscribe to any more. Wish I could join you guys at PAX but I live to far away and don't have the funds for such a visit but someday I will.

Congrats on six years!

Fantastic community. I <3 you guys.

I remember lurking back when the podcast was Fletcher and Sanjuro, that's really what got me to come over, the intelligent conversation and the breadth of topics covered in the threads got me to stay... Even if I don't participate as much as I should. I've been signed up 3 years and I've only made it to intern, not exactly climbing the corporate ladder

PAX East Coast in '10! Wooo!