One blog to rule them all
"Barrel of Monkeys" | Day 6
"Safe and Sound"
by Capital Cities
from In a Tidal Wave of Mystery (2013)
This song will always remind me of one of my favorite Writing.com memories, when we all put together this appreciation video for The StoryMaster and The StoryMistress for the site's 13th birthday. It's hard to believe that it's been seven years already!
One of the things I've noticed over the [checks notes] seventeen years I've been a member of this site is how things like this really feel like moments frozen in time. Some of the people who helped contribute to that video are still here on the site, but many are gone, and many more still aren't as present even close to as much as they were seven years ago. 2008-2015 felt like the real pinnacle of the site. There were so many users and so many contests and activities, it felt like there was always something going on.
Things have slowed down in the years since, and I assume that's just a function of life getting more complicated for a lot of us, or at least that's what's happened for me. I miss being so plugged in here, always knowing who's new and what's noteworthy. Sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions and am stuck in my own lane here, but revisiting activities like this remind me that it's important to sometimes venture out into the community even if free time is more limited than it used to be.