Let us give thanks....
Today is Thanksgiving (in the US anyway), and I want to take a few minutes to give thanks to all of you.
I'm sitting here in my living room of our new house. I can smell the turkey cooking. The parade just ended on TV and my mind is still recovering. Once you have seen Xanadu lip-synced on rollerskates by second stringers in a parade, you just can't go back.
I have a small bit of time here before the relatives arrive and we get so stuffed full of food that we can't move. I wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to you the readers, and the CollectionDX staff.
2007 has been a great year for CollectionDX. It still blows my mind that you all actually come here and read what we write, sometimes every day. Your feedback really makes it all worth while. This year we saw a few milestones for CDX. For one, we topped 1,000 members (1300 + as I write this) and we reached over 2,000 articles on the site. We dominated Google for Japanese toy searches, and our Youtube channel has had almost 700,000 videos watched.
Another milestone for 2007 was the publication of my book Tokyo Underground. As of November it is sold out from the distributor, and we expect another printing in early 2008. People are buying it, which is pretty cool.
The thing is though, CollectionDX is no longer a one-man deal. We actually have a staff now, and CDX would not be what it is without the help of these amazing and talented individuals. These people don't write for money, they write because they LOVE toys. Collectively they have added a flavor and vareity to the site that I never would have been able to do on my own. I want to talk about a few of these people, and I have also linked to their amazon wish lists. Like I said, they work for free, so if you appreciate what they do, why not give them a little love?
Russell is the unsung hero of CDX. He took my vision and helped implement the system you see here today. When there is something going on with the server that I don't understand, Russell is the man. When the server crashes, and I start to panic, it is Russel to the rescue. Thank you Russell, CDX wouldn't exist in this form without you.
Atom is relatively new to CollectionDX, but we have been friends forever. Him and I were roommates in the 90's and he is partially to blame for my collecting habits today. Atom is a talented writer and he brings a fantastic wealth of knowledge to CDX, as well as being a great all around guy. Atom has recently been handling CollectionDX advertising, working hard to bring in the funds that keep this site alive. Thanks Atom!
Dave is another great friend who i managed to bring over to CDX. He was resistant to write at first, but now the guy is unstoppable. I met Dave through ToyboxDX - i saw that he was local and we met up. Dave has become a really good friend that trancends toy collecting. He brings a great angle to CDX and his collecting focus is different enough from mine that he really brings something different to the table. It was Dave that enabled my second trip to Tokyo, resulting in the Tokyo Underground book. Thanks so much Dave.
Sanjeev is the man. His love of the glow and his high energy reviews really bring CDX to life. Sanjeev was our SDCC correspondent in 2007, and he also hosted the 2007 summit. I remember meeting Sanjeev for the first time at Bison County in Waltham and I knew right off the bat that he was a cool dude. Thanks for all your hard work Sanjeev.
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EVA is like a walking encyclopedia. One of CollectionDX's long time contributors, EVA was here from almost the beginning. His knowledge of Super Sentai is staggering, and his reviews are epic. EVA has no wishlist, but send him some love anyway. Thanks EVA!
When he's not working on the farm, Rob is busy building gunpla (Gundam models) and writing insanely detailed reviews of them. He brings a much needed Gundam touch to the site, and is an all around swell guy to boot. Thanks Rob! I don't have a wishlist for Rob yet, but when I do I'll add it.
Once again, thank you for all of your support over the years. You make this site great. As long as you keep visiting, I'll keep writing. We have some cool stuff in store for 2008, so stay tuned!
|Posted 22 November, 2007 - 13:09 by JoshB||
Comments6 comments posted
Thanks to you Josh, as well as all the other contributors and readers.
But, let's not forget Robby Musso's tremendous work on the banners, too! Always well done and in his own style, no matter the subject matter.
Lastly, please tell me you were a part of that Xandau parade?!?! Please. You know you wanted to be.
"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Principal, Flatpoint High
I'm really pleased with the growth CDX has seen over this past year, and I'm also very pleased to have been at least a small part of it. It's been wild and fun and just really cool to see all the action behind the scenes.
Hehe...Josh was, in fact, the first "local guy" I met in person in this toy-collecting community. We met for lunch at Bison County in Waltham, MA (nearby the famed site of Mr. Big's Toyland), where he convinced me that he and the rest of the guys weren't freaks and that I should join them at the East Coast Chogokin Summit back in '05.
While the jury may still be out on whether or not we're all freaks, I haven't looked back! Since meeting Josh, I've met so many of the other guys and those connections have helped me so much to focus my passion for this crazy hobby.
So, thank you, Josh, for giving me this opportunity to write for the site. I definitely value our friendship and writing about toys is a blast! Believe me, if there were more hours in the day, I'd be pumping out a new review every night! It's all about the love.
Thanks to the rest of the CDX staff, especially Nekrodave and Atom. Your support and friendship has, again, been instrumental in allowing me to prioritize toy collecting in my life. If it weren't for folks like you and Josh, more hours of my day would be spent worrying about work, retirement plans, mortgage payments and boring junk like that! ;) You guys have helped me go for what I'm passionate about!
And of course, thanks to the CDX readers! Over the past year or so, I've gotten some nice appreciations via e-mail from readers and they've been great! I really love writing and it's always nice to hear that people are enjoying reading my reviews. Keep up the comments and suggestions!
Once again, Josh, thank you for your support, and for creating and maintaining this wonderful site! Being able to share my collection and knowledge is a great feeling, and I am honored to be part of the CDX team. Now, if only I could turn this reviewing thing I do into a job that pays...
BTW, I do have a wishlist. I just don't have an Amazon account, or know how to post it if anyone's interested...
I just want to thank Josh and everyone involved with CDX for providing such a nice venue for keeping up with the latest in Japanese toys and anime and such, and for giving us a place to speak our minds on those topics. Here's looking forward to another amazing year at CDX and congrats once again on the book!
I've been quite absent from the boards and sites I love so much due to work, but I just wanted to say that I've really enjoyed doing the banners (thanks for the mention Dave :-P) and wanted to thank Josh for giving me the chance to create new art each month and displaying it up there. It's quite an honor really. And thank you guys for your kind remarks on them too. It's nice to know when y'all like what I do. :-D
That said, due to a few set backs that I've recently had, December's banner should be up later this week.
Again, thanks Josh and everyone else for making CDX as great as it is!