- posted: February 28 @ 3:35pm
I've written about ten drafts of this caption and have, ultimately, decided to go with my short and sweet version. Relatively short and sweet that is.
First off, For the past 120 days I have been constantly floored and amazed at the greatness that you all are able to bring to the table. It's absolutely stunning. At the start of this I was scared that recreating the type of magic from the previous iterations would be lost in the shuffle of such a huge user base. I was dead wrong. This year was every bit as epic-ly mindblowing as 2005 and 2007, just with a twist and a style all its own. So, congratulations - you are totally awesome and the past 4 months have proven that without a doubt.
Secondly, I have a challenge for you. With this being the end of Whiskerino there is some concern that these fantastic friendships that we've managed to wrangle together will fall by the wayside. To let such a thing happen would be a horrible disservice to the thing that we've made here. My challenge to you is to keep up with one another. Befriend each other on Facebook, join the Whiskerino group, make Flickr friends, follow each other on Twitter, hold mini-meetups in your area, go on vacation to other cities and share a taco with your brethren. Whiskerino can exist far beyond this website if you put in the effort.
Lastly, and this is the emotional part, I want to extend an enormous Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Whiskerino is a community, through and through. It absolutely would not exist without each and every one of you doing all the amazing things you do every day. I think some of you assume I'm just being overly humble when I deny applause or shrug my shoulders at my moniker being chanted but it's not out of lack of appreciation - it's the fact that I'm just the architect here. I sketched the plans, you all built the house. Running Whiskerino without YOU would be a very sad and lonely website. So, once again, THANK YOU for everything.
Thank you for the images. Thank you for the comments. Thank you for the chat. Thank you for the beers. Thank you for the tacos. Thank you for friendships. I can not express how mind boggling it is to me that this place has generated actual bonds between us all. I've never been on another website that is capable of such a thing.
I am beyond proud of the legacy that we've created. We have truly created a Brotherhood (and Sisterhood) among us all. I hold you all with the greatest respect, appreciation and love for being a part of this with me. There are about ten million OTHER things I want to say and give thanks to specific individuals but I'll do my best to do that through individual commenting. I am indebted to all of you and really can't say enough how much I appreciate all that you've done.
God speed to you all. I hope to see you in May and hear from you soon. Hit me up whenever you plan on coming through Nashville.