This site’s been running for a long, long time; far longer than I’d like to say, for fear you’ll all eventually how old I am. I’ll happily admit that in its gaming-focused form, Stevivor’s about to celebrate a seven year run.
More impressive, we’re due to publish our 10,000th article today.
It looks better in letters, I think. Ten thousand.
That’s a lot.
I won’t waffle on for too long, but I wanted to thank those who’ve helped Stevivor get to this milestone. In equal parts — at least from my point of view — the readers who visit daily and the volunteers who tirelessly devote their time and energy into producing content to be read. Or, in recent years, listened to or watched.
I am grateful beyond words for all you’ve done for this site. Yes, you.
Pretty much from day one, writers like Matt Gosper, Nicholas Simonovski, Will Kostakis and Trent Watherston came on board and reviewed and interviewed their hearts out… and most still do. When I found out that Trent did web design, I leaned on him countless times, keeping him up coding when he could have been doing paid work. Through about four different iterations of this site.
I can’t thank any of them enough.
Nor can I properly express all the amount of gratitude owing to Andy Gray, who works with Nicholas on a weekly column. Or those who’ve come and gone – or guested — including Matt Bird (who loves you, baby?), Greg Newbegin, Dave Haldane, Christopher Welldon, Hammond Buckland, Avery Penn, Andrew Fellowes, Daniel Robey, Brad Stephenson, Adam Guetti, Arthur Kotsopoulos and Bryce Wilson.
When changes in the Australian landscape meant writing became just that little more difficult, Stevivor added Damian Cavanagh, Mark Ankucic and Luke Lawrie to our list of staff. Both come with years of experience, and to be honest, I can’t believe how we lucked out having them write for us. Joining them around the same time was Andrew Harrison, who’s undoubtedly one of the most enthusiastic gamers I’ve ever met. Thanks, guys.
I don’t mean to pick favourites, but there’s a core group of people whom without, the website would crash and burn. Stuart Gollan has made writing the news each day an actual joy, while Hamish Lindsay does that for Esports (I still don’t get it, I’ll admit…). Shane Wall makes the podcast sound like it’s more than an iPhone with the ‘Voice Memos’ app on… not to mention, he’s the guy who tackles countless JRPGS.
Our podcast brothers are definitely in need of a mention. Ben Salter. The Ballad of Gaetano. Best decision to throw friendly fire at one another ever. MMGN is number two!
Last — but not least — poor Leo Stevenson asked to work on the site and I saddled him with a pretty average UFC game as a test. Not long after that, I lumped him with daily news, too many reviews to handle – yet he does – and what I would summarise as constant whinging on my part. I don’t know why he even speaks to me at this point.
Actually, I do; Leo, you’re like a brother to me, and I reckon the feeling’s mutual. And something about having me for a brother makes me want to apologise to you.
Oh, and thanks to Kara Stark too. You know who you are, girl.
I won’t even try to name individual readers, because there are far too many of you and I don’t want to forget anyone. I enjoy conversations with you all — no matter the format — and I hope they continue for at least 100,000 more articles. This all, quite literally, is done for you. Hence, the contest that’s going up as our 10,000th piece. Stay tuned for #Stevivor10K.
I’ll stop now, leaving you with the famous words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who easily finishes this puff piece off far better than I could.
“Five-card stud, nothing wild… and the sky’s the limit.”
Yeah… maybe I needed to provide context. I’ll do that for 20,000.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.