Today is my eighth anniversary here on the site. In celebration, I thought I'd take the time to write a rare journal entry about my experiences with Rooster Teeth.

I first heard about RT back in either late '04 or early '05. I was 13 years old and I had received the collector's edition of Halo 2 from my uncle for Christmas. After playing through it countless times and not being imaginative enough to find something else to do, I decided watched the bonus DVD that came with my version of the game. The main feature on the DVD was a documentary about the making of Halo 2, which also spotlighted the fandoms that had cropped up in the wake of the original Halo game. One of these was a group of guys in Buda, Texas who made short films in the Halo multiplayer. I thought the guys were funny at the time, but for some reason, I never made the effort to find their content online.

Fast-forward to me having nothing to do one summer evening in 2006 (sense a trend?). Around that time, the announcement trailer for Halo 3 had been released and I was starting to get excited for it and all things Halo. I was spending more time on the Bungie.net forums and one day, I saw someone in a thread mention "RvB', whatever the hell that was. I was one Google search away from rediscovering those guys from Texas who made Halo movies. I watched my first episode of Red vs. Blue (the season four premiere) and I was instantly hooked. After binge-watching the whole season, I made an account on RedvsBlue.com and started to watch all the previous seasons. And here I still am after all these years.

A lot can happen to a person in eight years, especially during their mid-teens to their early twenties. I entered and graduated high school, made lifelong friends, moved out of my parents' place, went to community college, transferred to the University of Florida, my dream school, after submitting application after application. I experienced depression and the loss of close family members. I learned to pick myself up by the bootstraps, to never give up, and to start living the life that I wanted to live.

Amidst all these personal triumphs and tragedies, Rooster Teeth has been one of the few constants in my life. At the end of a really shitty day, I always knew that I could come on here and there would be a video, comic, or podcast that could cheer me right up. I've laughed every single day of these past eight years because of something RT related, which is something I am eternally grateful for. They've enriched and touched my life in more ways than they could possibly imagine. I'll be a Rooster Teeth fan for as long as it's possible to be one.

I never have to wonder why I'm here.