I turned to my wife yesterday, and told her that Major Spoilers turned ten years old this weekend.
Though she is pretty laid back regarding everything that goes into the website and the podcasts, I could tell there was some shock and surprise in the revelation that probably sent her back to that day in 2006, where I sat on a laptop, very much like this one, secured the MajorSpoilers.com domain name, installed WordPress on server space borrowed from a friend, and posted the site’s first entry at ten o’clock that evening.
43,415 43,316 posts later, and Major Spoilers continues to tick away in a corner of the comic book blogosphere, attracting new followers, new friends, and new challenges each and every day.
UPS, DOWNS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
It’s been an interesting ten years to say the least. There have been some definite ups, and some definite downs, and I know I have made more than a few mistakes and enemies along the way.
I won’t soon forget the day in May 2010, when the site went down, and while talking with our then-hosting provider, discovering that not only did the hard drive on the server go belly up, but the hosting company was storing the nightly site backups on that very same hard drive, resulting in the loss of nearly three months worth of posts. This continues to plague (and amuse) us today whenever I receive an email from a fan asking where combat photos from the Critical Hit podcasts have gone.
Nor will I forget the time that a certain comic book writer turned his publisher’s lawyers on us because we were spoiling his books for readers. It was an interesting case in that the publisher didn’t really mind what we did, but was only acting because of the request from the writer. It’s been seven years since that incident, and though I’ve (mostly) forgiven the writer, the publisher still refuses to send us issues for review.
And I loved the moment in 2014, when Major Spoilers was up for a Podcast Award (we didn’t win), but the love and outpouring from fans around the world was so much, that I knew I wanted to make Major Spoilers mine forever.
YOU’VE MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE…
I’ve also met some of the most fantastic people in the world. From the moment I was able to meet and make friends with comic writers and artists that I admire, to the weekly comic book conversations between Skrull Bryan, Rodrigo, and myself that lead to the creation of the Major Spoilers Podcast Network. (For those wondering, we had those conversations to keep an overbearing and totally irritating executive producer from bothering us as we set up for a weekly call-in medical show. We had so much fun that it seemed natural to put microphones in front of our faces and turn the recorder on.)
Most important of all are the fantastic fans that I, and everyone who works at Major Spoilers (past, present, and Hello, Future People), get to meet and interact with on a daily basis. Some of you are one time visitors, who stop by to read a post and share a comment, while others of you have become – to me – an extended member of the Major Spoilers Family. I would love to list everyone of you by name, but I know I would probably miss one of you by accident, and thus end up on yet another Enemy List.
So to You, I say, “Thank You.” You are the reason I do this each and every day. There isn’t a moment that goes by that I don’t think about You, creating content for You, and hoping that the content we create is worth the time that You spent coming to the site, downloading a podcast, or reading one of our posts or videos on our various social media outlets. No matter what happens in the next ten years, no matter if we drift away from each other over time, or not, I am grateful to the Universe that I have had You as a part of Major Spoilers – whether you are relatively new, or someone that has been around since the beginning.
THE UNIVERSE PROVIDES
It’s interesting what the Universe will send you, or do for you when you ask. When I launched Major Spoilers on that fateful day in 2006, I spent the next three months trying to track down Matthew Peterson – searching for someone on the Internet wasn’t as easy as it is today where all you have to do is enter your credit card number, and the last known address for the person you are looking for – you actually have to work for it. Between July and October I searched every Internet forum, and lurking in a dark corner of the Internet I found what might have been Matthew Peterson writing about Bad Muther-Fers. Of course there was no way to contact him, but I continued to search, and that message was sent out into the Universe. By happenstance, I walked into my then local comic shop (300 miles away), and there, behind the counter was Matthew, and the rest, you might say, is history… or at least infamy. I think the jury is still out on that one.
The Universe also sent me fantastic contributors to share their thoughts and experiences with you over the years. Some have gone on to become Internet Famous, while others were happy to start a new phase of their lives. I’ve seen contributors go from skinny kids sitting in a class that I’ve taught, to worthy contributors, to skinny grownups who have been able to make a name for themselves outside of Major Spoilers. I’m thankful every day that we have contributors, young and old, men and women, who make this site run, when it needs it the most. Again, I’d list them all here, but I’m sure I’d forget someone, and earn a lashing online.
As I write this, it is exactly 24 hours before that first post appeared on the site ten years ago. My kids and wife are asleep, and I’m sure they are dreaming of the coming festivities and activities we have planned for the rest of the weekend. I’m thankful the Universe sent them to me, and I can’t express how wonderful it is that all three of them have taken on some portion of my love for comic books and pop culture. The first time I went to the San Diego Comic-Con was because of my wife arranged it (yes,she really is that awesome). My oldest son continues to impress me with his wit and knowledge of current pop culture, and my youngest never ceases to amaze me with his tales of Superman and Iron Man working together to keep the bad guys from taking the Hulk away in their spaceship. If Major Spoilers is my life, then my wife, and two children are my heart, soul, and driving energy that makes it happen.
This turned a bit sappier than I planned, but when I sit back and think about all the wonderful things that have happened to Major Spoilers over the last ten years, I can only smile, and agree with my wife, when she said, “Wow. That is really a long time. It’s amazing.”
Yes, it really is amazing.