Hello from 2011. Or, a love letter

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Hello from 2011. Or, a love letter

Postby Kumquaticus » 28 Dec 2016 23:12

Well howdy y'all.

I can't remember what triggered it, but the other day I got the strangest urge to look at pony things again, which eventually brought me here. Five years later, I'll admit I was surprised to see this old place still up and running, more or less (forums ain't exactly the internet powerhouse they used to be).

Lot's changed; I'm 19 now, in a conservatory studying music technology, I've realized I'm a girl, and, like many of my friends now, I've tried to forget my MLP past. As I look around, I no longer see any of my old friends from back in the day. The days of the first few remix wars, the end of season one, and rallying around genuine cheers of "Love and Tolerance" all seem to be long gone.

Outside of a couple tracks and some forum posts, I never was all that active in the fandom back in its heyday (if you'll excuse the pun), but I made a lot of friends, some very close. We made music together, joked together, laughed together, and loved each other. I was sure that we would be friends forever.

Now, though?

We've almost all split, gone our separate ways. Some of them disappeared suddenly, as if dropping of the face of the earth. Others faded away slowly as our correspondences became less and less frequent, until they stopped completely.

And while I'm thankful for the perspective that being outside of the fandom has granted me, on the less healthy aspects of fandom and troublesome beliefs that I once held...

...I miss it.

I miss the community, my old friends, even this old pony show. I miss the pure, positive, creative energy that this far-reaching group of people put out. I miss the love that I felt from every direction. I miss the unjaded optimism, the teamwork, the friendship.

I never really knew until now what a special thing this community was (regardless of the ugliness that it mutated into, now and then). But I guess one of the hardest lessons to learn in life is how to move on. I'm still trying to learn that I can't get back what we had. Hopefully we can learn to build something different, but still just as good.

I guess what I'm trying to say is thank you, FiM fandom. You weird lil vagabond. I can't really say it to my new friends, but I love you. Thank you for what you did for me.

Life is good. Life is short. Have some fun and enjoy it while it lasts.

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Re: Hello from 2011. Or, a love letter

Postby jokull » 09 Jan 2017 00:09

I totally feel this. So much of who I am stemmed from the whole brony music thing, and I miss the sense of community.

But onto better and brighter things we go.
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Re: Hello from 2011. Or, a love letter

Postby ExoBassTix » 06 Jun 2017 16:55


For what it's worth, I miss the hustle and bustle of active discourse on here too. Makes me wonder how this place got to a point of activity at all, from the start.

I am late, I am aware, but I did not want this sentiment to be lost. This community might have meant even more for me than I yet realize, but safe to say that I wouldn't have been who I am now if I did not have you guys.
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