Yesterday was my ten year anniversary of signing up on the Rooster Teeth website. It's crazy to think how the company has changed and grown. I could go on about how it started recording machinima dialogue in a closet to funding their own feature length film but if you are reading this you probably already know the tale. What most people probably don't know is how the community has evolved over that time and my journey with it.
My level of activity has increased and declined sporadically, usually in chunks of a few months. Sometimes I'd check the website consistently; other times I'd disappear into the abyss. No matter what my level of activity was I've always considered myself a part of this community. I've gone from a kid who liked watching Red vs Blue to helping coordinate RTO to focusing on making friends and connections that will last a long time. The one thing that was always planted in my mind is how much I love this company and how all I wanted was to see it succeed. I feel safe in saying that I have seen that happen.
As I pack for my second trip to Austin, Texas for RTX I can't help but feel so grateful for everything this company and its community has given me over the years. It has helped me through dark times yet never wavered. It has given me hours of entertainment and procrastination material. Most importantly though, and the craziest thought, is that it has made a serious impact on my life. I wouldn't be going in the direction I am if it wasn't for RT. It has been literally life changing so if things go badly...I blame all of you.
Ten years is a solid amount of time. I may not show up in the site often these days but I am more apart of the community than I ever was before, believe it or not. I don't plan on going anywhere. I can't wait to see where the next ten years has in store for myself, my friends, and all the people who make Rooster Teeth the greatest, weirdest, craziest, most fun company in the world.
Here's to another decade.