Well this was two years too late.
Yeah, I haven't posted anything here in two years, so I honestly wouldn't be surprised if none of y'all even remember me, but I thought that today, on Pico Day, I'd spend some time reminiscing. Because even though I haven't been here in a while and even though I've moved elsewhere, I wouldn't have traded my time here for anything else.
I first came here in 2010, and I was just posting a few little songs I made with my first DAW. Outside of posting my occasional music piece I didn't do much until 2012. When 2012 came, I started to become a part of this community. I would always scour the collaboration board to see if anyone needed a piece of music or a bit of voice acting. I wasn't always great at it, but I got out there. I got to collaborate, and I got to be a part of something with others, which was something almost entirely new for me.
2012 is when I learned about NATA, the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation. I managed to make my way into the NATA Skype Chat, where I made a ton of new friends and met a bunch of fantastically talented artists, animators, other voice actors, musicians. All of these people were fantastic, and the time with everyone I collaborated with were some amazing years. I'd spend every day checking out the new movies everyone put out, I'd occasionally put up some of the music I was making. It was also when I changed my online alias from my old name to Chongo, which I think meant a lot to me.
Ever since I left Newgrounds, I've made other friends and I even started a band with one (it's called Go! Child if you're interested), but I couldn't have gotten the skills to improve my music without y'all's feedback. I'm not on Newgrounds anymore, but you guys helped me to become the person I am today (as sappy as that is). And if you're still interested in following what I do, I have a tumblr you can follow.
In short, the community of Newgrounds has been nothing but fantastic to me, and while I've moved on to different projects outside of Newgrounds, the time I spent here has been and will continue to be looked back on with nothing but fondness.
Thank you. All of you.