Earlier this morning, I came upon a disappointing realization: PMO is ten years old! The disappointing part is that this happened back on either October 15th or August 24th (my records are sort of unclear on the matter), and I missed doing anything for both.

Which, sadly, feels kind of reflective of where things are right now. I’ve had high hopes for this site, to at least be some sort of niche destination if nothing else. Unfortunately, it’s just never gained any traction or sense of community, and I don’t think that even friends tend to look at it very much whenever I post anything — outside of a few folks from over at Talking Time (if you see this: hi, guys) seems the best I manage is comments from when someone is (I’m guessing) searching for something obscure and the site pops up in the results, or if I manage to latch on to something a particular community is into, but it doesn’t feel like people tend to stick around.

So, yeah. Even if I threw a “party” to speak of, I don’t think too many people would come.

Not that I’d blame them as of late. As noted, my missing the date myself is reflective of where I and my head are at right now, which (as noted before) is focusing more on other matters to keep the bills paid, etc.

I had some high hopes for this and my other sites, which have more or less evaporated in the face of reality as time marches on. Maybe not even “high,” but at least “modest.”

All the same, I couldn’t let this moment pass without some sort of acknowledgement. I’ve been running this site for a while, talking about all sorts of things from comics and cartoons to toys, fast food, wrestling, and of course, video games. It’s my baby and I love it, and I’m not letting it go anywhere soon if I can help it, even if writing here is almost purely for my own interest now. If nothing else, I have a backlog of topics I still want to write about here, but now it’s just a matter of time and energy.

I do have something else planned, and hopefully I’ll get that running around the New Year, but I don’t want to say anything more than that right now for fear of somehow jinxing it. Guess we’ll see if that winds up as anything or not (probably not).

If nothing else, I should at least get a t-shirt with the site’s logo printed on it. I’ve been wanting one of those for… well, ten years now.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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  • MattG

    In the age of people only reading what their social media feeds tell them, sites like ours are becoming a relic of yesterday. If you’re not already huge, you can’t really become huge. It’s unfortunate.

    Congratulations on ten years! You’re built something special here. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

    • http://www.nyteworks.net/ LBD “Nytetrayn”

      Meant to respond to this sooner, but the last few days have been — *gunshot*

      And yeah, it seems like that’s the case, though I don’t even want huge, I just want… something. Something more consistent than this. I like to think that maybe friends/followers, at least, but I can barely seem to even get that. Heck, even you didn’t see this until nearly a month later. ;P

      Thanks, though. I guess? I don’t even know any more — the only one convincing myself otherwise is me and overwhelming evidence to support it.

      • MattG

        Ever since RSS readers were replaced in favor of social media by the masses, I rely on tweets to know when there’s a new article at my favorite sites. Something I started doing was retweeting my own work several times throughout the week it was written at different times to try and alert audiences who are online at different days and times. I saw a traffic uptick when I started that. Maybe that’s something to try? And if you’re already doing it, do it more?

        • http://www.nyteworks.net/ LBD “Nytetrayn”

          Maybe. Guess it’s worth a shot.